IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
A proper first aid kit should be at the heart of any business’s first aid preparedness plan. This doesn’t mean buying a basic first aid kit at the big box store and applying the “set it and forget it” approach. Products have expiration dates and run out, and it’s much more than providing ibuprofen and bandages. Your team must be ready to quickly respond to minor and major incidents – before it turns into a life-threatening situation.
OSHA recently announced a proposed $274,934 in penalties against an Ohio plastics manufacturer after a pneumatic bench cutter seriously injured an employee in June 2016. Don’t risk being out of compliance and facing large monetary fees when it comes to first aid safety. It’s best to be proactive and prepared.
A worry-free solution to ensuring first aid is accessible and up to date is to outsource the program to a vendor-managed inventory service. This takes the responsibility off the office manager’s lengthy to-do list. Instead of making multiple trips to buy individual items or making sense of fluctuation invoices from medical-supply houses, AmeriPride’s first aid service offers a flat, weekly fee. We also ensure that you are providing hospital-grade products to your employees.
There are legal requirements around workplace first aid, too. Let us can take the guesswork out of complex local and federal compliance. Our Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) monitor cabinet inventories every week and replenish products when needed, keeping you compliant. Monthly service logs are included in our cabinets and signed by our CSRs, which satisfies OSHA recordkeeping standards.
You may hear the terms “Class A” or “Class B” when talking about ANSI minimum contents for kits and cabinets. These classes could depend on the number of employees you have. Our small cabinet has all the essential items to treat a wide range of workplace injuries – non-serious and serious – and fulfills the requirements of a Class A first aid cabinet as specified by ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015. For businesses with more employees, our large cabinet covers ANSI/ISEA Class B requirements and contains larger product quantities and a broader assortment of items.
Time is crucial in emergency situations. Our serious incident modules are color-coded for easy identification and are packed in the order in which they are used to treat the specific injury.
To round out your safety plan, our fully managed first aid service also includes:
- Eyewash stations for relief of eye irritation and discomfort.
- Over-the-counter medicine packs to provide relief of common ailments.
- DOT-compliant motorist kits for fleet trucks.
Make sure you’re sending a message to employees that you are prepared and committed to their safety. As a dependable partner who values safety just as much as you do, we can help you deliver on that promise.
Editor’s Note: We are currently rolling out first aid service to our customers across our branches. For more information and availability, please contact us today.
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