Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu First Aid Kit

With the recent outbreak of Swine Flu (N1H1), it is important that you take the opportunity to be prepared and to update your first aid kit. Yes...at the first sign of the Swine Flu you should visit your doctor, but your first aid kit should contain items that may prevent you from getting the Swine Flu in the first place. Here are some common items that may help:

  • Face masks - Swine Flu is transmitted iin the air and a facemask is the first line of prevention. Face masks are available in First Aid PPE Kits.
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes - Swine Flu and other viruses and bacteria are commonly transmitted on the hands. Look on this page for Antiseptic Towelettes individually packaged.
  • Visit this site for immediate shipment of a complete first aid kit or first aid refills.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

First Aid Training

Question:
How often should workplace first responders be required to receive retraining? Should they be retrained every year?

Answer:
It is not a requirement of OSHA that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid training take place every year. The OSHA requirement at 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states, "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid." However, please be advised that an employer has the prerogative to require employee training which exceeds OSHA standards.

First aid training is primarily received through the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council, and private institutions. The American Red Cross offers standard and advanced first aid courses via their local chapters. After completion of the course and successful passing of the written and practical tests, trainees receive two certificates; one in adult CPR and the other in first aid. Basic adult CPR retesting should occur every year and first aid skills and knowledge should be reviewed every three years.

Please visit this link for information about OSHA First Aid Training.