No matter what type of business you run, you should have at least one first aid kit available. You never know when an accident might happen or when an employee might fall ill. Having first aid supplies on hand can prevent an injury from getting worse, possibly help an employee avoid a trip to the emergency room, help staff remain productive, and protect your company’s bottom line.
Be Prepared for the Unexpected
Accidents and injuries can happen at any time and in any place, even in a small and quiet office. Slip and fall accidents and cuts are common in all types of workplaces. If an injury is minor, simple first aid may be all that is required. For a more serious injury, prompt treatment may prevent life-threatening complications, such as significant blood loss and infection.
A worker may not feel well on the job due to anything from a headache to allergies to an upset stomach. If your workplace has a first aid kit stocked with a variety of over-the-counter medications, an employee will be able to treat a minor ailment and continue working. If those treatments are not available, a worker may struggle to get through the day or may go home to rest.
Maintain Productivity and Protect Your Bottom Line
If an employee has to go home, that may cause the team to miss an important deadline. A staff member who continues to work while sick or injured will likely find it difficult to concentrate. Someone who isn’t feeling well may not complete as much work as usual, which may cause the entire team to fall behind schedule.
A sick or injured employee is also more likely to make mistakes, which can affect colleagues’ work. If an employee passes erroneous information to others, that may lead to a series of mistakes that will have to be corrected later. That can reduce the team’s productivity and may also cost the company money if it releases information containing errors or sells an unsafe product.
Follow the Law
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates a series of safety measures that businesses must take to protect their workers from harm and to deal with injuries if they should occur. Those measures include making first aid kits available. The number of kits your office should have will depend on the size of your workplace, the number of employees you have, and the types of risks they may encounter on the job.
Order a First Aid Kit
SocCal First Aid sells first aid kits in a range of sizes to suit all types of businesses. You can buy a fully stocked first aid kit for your office and order replacement supplies so you will never have to worry about running out. Place an order today.