Are You Putting Your Employees at Risk?
Pop quiz! What do these numbers have in common?
13,000 4,700,000 99,000,000
The answer might pain you. Nearly 13,000 American workers are injured on the job each day. That adds up to 4,700,000 workplace injuries per year and 99,000,000 production days lost to workplace injury.
If and when an employee is injured in your dealership or collision center, will your staff have the necessary safety awareness, basic first aid knowledge and the tools to respond?
This means immediately administering onsite medical attention, including cleaning minor cuts or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; and removing debris from the eyes.
You may be familiar with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which supports development of workplace-safety related standards. Employers look to the standard ANSI Z308.1 to help them comply with the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) first aid requirements.
But did you know new standards for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies went into effect in June 2016?
One of the most significant changes is the introduction of two classes of first aid kits, based on the assortment and quantity of each item, work environment and level of hazards. In addition, many first aid supplies previously identified as being recommendations are now required in the updated standard, ANSI Z308.1-2015.
Class A kits include items designed for the most common types of workplace injuries. Class B kits include a broader range and quantity of supplies for injuries in more complex or high-risk environments where personal protective equipment is required. The chart below notes the changes since the last standard update.
June is National Safety Month. Celebrate it this year by prioritizing emergency procedures training and ensuring your first aid cabinet is up-to date and fully stocked with right supplies for your work environment.
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