FIRST AID IN THE WORKSHOP
By odsadmin 26 Jan, 2017 0 Comments
Workshops are workplaces full of risk and no matter how hard you may try to maintain a safe working environment, it is inevitable that from time to time accidents will happen.
These may range from slips, trips and falls as a result of spilt oils and fluids, unsecured electrical wires or uneven floor surfaces to cuts and injuries from tools commonly found in a workshop environment. Tool-related accidents can cause puncture wounds, cuts, abrasions, eye injuries and burns. Hazardous substances such as chemicals, solvents or paints can cause burns or damage to eyes if they accidentally get near the face.
All employers must of course take all the obvious precautions to minimise risks as much as possible by ensuring that staff work safely with the correct health and safety procedures and wear the appropriate PPE for the job. But in the event of an emergency, it is essential to have a good first aid kit in an easily accessible place where it can be quickly grabbed to give an injured individual immediate and appropriate attention. Prompt First aid can prevent minor injuries becoming major ones and can even save lives.
A First Aid Box , though it can differ from workplace to workplace, should include: wrapped sterile adhesive dressings in assorted sizes, sterile eye pads, individually wrapped bandages, safety pins, individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings and disposable gloves. In an automotive environment saline eyewash would also be a highly recommended addition.
Workshop Plus stocks a variety of portable first aid kits ideal for the workshop as well as for carrying in large commercial vehicles, light goods service vehicles and public carrying vehicles. Ensure your workplace and fleet adheres to Health and safety regulations and that you provide adequate first aid materials to be administered if one of your employees or colleagues suffers an accident or injury at work. Visit Workshop Plus.
For more information on the HSE Legislation and Guidelines to First Aid at Work visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/legislation.htm