Safety in the Office

Many of us have a pre-conceived notion that when working in an office setting we won’t be hurt; only construction workers and those out in the field have the risk of getting injured. True, while working in an office, there is less of a chance to obtain a life-threatening injury; however, accidents can happen anywhere. From a little cut to a fall or a heart attack, a first aid kit can better prepare an office for unexpected injuries. Below we’ve outlined some tips on keeping your office safe with an office first aid kit.

1. Location, Location, Location!
Placing the first aid kit in an easily reached location and letting employees know where it is located is essential. The more people that know where first aid kits are located throughout the office, the better prepared the office will be in case of an emergency. Having the first aid kit in an easily accessible location also will give employees a sense of security in knowing in case of an emergency they can reach the kit.

2. Abide by the Law.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) outlines many regulations for the office environment including those for first aid kit requirements. Depending on the number of employees in a business, there are different requirements for the number of products in the first aid kit and how many kits need to be located in the office. For more information on these requirements, visit the United States Department of Labor’s OSHA site.

3. Customize the Office Kit.
Even though some items may not be required by OSHA, stocking your first aid kit with products you believe may be helpful in your workplace incase of an emergency is a great idea. Customize the first aid kits so they best fit your office environment and those that work in your office. Being over prepared isn’t a bad thing, right?

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References
http://www.e-firstaidsupplies.com/office-first-aid-kits.html
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/law-require-first-aid-kit-workplace-11360.html
http://www.bloomingenergy.com/the-importance-of-first-aid-kit-in-the-office/
http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=9863&p_table=STANDARDS

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