National Safety Month: Stand ready to respond!

nsm2016The National Safety Council (NSC) is using June to remind the workforce about areas of safety we might take for granted. Until June 12 they are promoting “Stand Ready to Respond” that emphasizes being prepared at your workplace with a first aid program.

BWC consultants remind employers and employees when they are doing on-site visits to review their first aid kits and plans on a regular basis so that when they are needed they are ready to use.

Here is a list of items OSHA suggests you have for your first aid kit.

  • A box of adhesive bandages
  • Wound cleaning agent
  • Gauze pads (at least 4 by 4 inches)
  • Two large gauze pads (at least 8 by 10 inches)
  • One gauze roller bandage
  • Two triangular bandages
  • Scissors
  • At least one blanket
  • Tweezers
  • Adhesive tape
  • Two elastic wraps
  • A splint
  • Resuscitation equipment (such as resuscitation bag, or airway or pocket mask)
  • Directions for requesting emergency assistance

The Red Cross also offers many OSHA training opportunities for employees. Plus, they started a free membership program called Ready Rating. The program is designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members join for free to utilize the self-paced program that contains a 123-point self-assessment to reveal areas your workplace can use improvement. You can check it out at www.readyrating.org.

So take this week to make sure your workplace and everyone in it is Ready to Respond. You can schedule a consultation with a BWC Safety consultant to help assess your safety program by calling 1-866-569-7805.

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