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Safety Supplies

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Simply put, safety supplies are a necessary part of the modern workplace. In practice, however, practicing proper job-site safety can be a complicated process. From assessing the work environment, though researching safety equipment, to OSHA compliance and efficiency in the event of an accident, outfitting your workplace to be the safest that it can be can be a difficult task.

OSHA has released guidelines for safe workplace behavior and necessary workplace equipment in the form of OSHA standards. The standards are designed to ensure that potentially hazardous objects and collisions are minimized, that the appropriate safety supplies are purchased and stocked, and that those safety supplies are in locations that are readily accessible to all employees. Comprehensive first aid kits should be as close to potential hazard sites as possible, along with emergency eyewash stations, showers, and spill containment products.

Assessing potential jobsite hazards is the first step towards building a complete first aid kit. Make a quick note of easily breakable objects, open flames and other hot surfaces, and dangerous chemicals or substances. Checking the accident log for common minor accidents is also a great way to get a sense of what safety equipment is needed most.

Stocking Safety Supplies

Safety products should be stocked as much as possible, and supply levels checked often. If there are perishable ointments, medicine, or emergency food included in the first aid kit, be wary of the expiration dates, and be sure to restock fully after every use. Flashlights, glow sticks, and other sources of light and heat are also good additions to any supply stock.


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