Tuesday, December 30, 2008

First Aid Refills

Have you ever had a small workplace emergency and needed the first aid kit. Yet, after opening it you find that there are no more of the item you need or that the item you need is there but, has expired.

This is a frustrating problem that takes place at many workplaces. OSHA requires workplaces to have first aid kits available (29 CFR 1910.151) and requires them to be adequately stocked and in-date. If you don't have one, then you first need to purchase an appropriate sized first aid kit. or first aid cabinet. If you need help selecting a kit, please read our recent post about OSHA required first aid kits.

If you already have a first aid kit, then you probably need to make sure it is full and all of the items are in-date. You should probably check the contents about once each month. If the kits are used frequently, then you may need to check it more often.

Each first aid kit should come with a listing of contents. This checklist should make it relatively easy to determine what is missing. Additionally, each expiring item should have a date indicating when that item needs to be replaced. First aid refill items can be obtained from a variety of sources. The internet provides the most economical source for these items. Here is a link to the first aid kits refills from National Safety Compliance. You may order individual items or complete kit refills.

There are several companies that sell first aid kits and refills by promising to come to your location on a monthly basis to check your cabinets for you. While this sounds like a great service. Please note that most of the companies charge 3 or 4 times more for the same items. Most employers who compare prices find that it is worth the 5 minutes per cabinet, per month, just to do it themselves.

If you have any questions about first aid kits, please feel free to contact us toll-free at 1-877-922-7233 or sinply comment on this blog post.

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