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Safety Supplies: Choosing the Right First Aid Equipment

First Aid Equipment | August 23, 2018

Choosing the right first aid equipment for your particular needs will help ensure that you have all the right safety supplies in the event of an emergency. At Western Equipment, we understand the importance of having properly stocked first aid equipment. That is why we carry a wide selection of safety supplies, including a variety of first aid equipment.

How to Choose the Right First Aid Equipment

The first step in choosing the right first aid equipment is determining your specific requirements and if the workplace is considered low risk or high risk. Low risk workplaces are areas where people are not exposed to any hazards that could result in serious injuries or illnesses, while high risk workplaces often contain hazards that could result in serious injuries or illnesses.

Types of Prepacked First Aid Kits

Once you have determined the risk factors of your workplace, you will be able to select a first aid kit that will work best for your specific needs. Some of the types of prepacked first aid kits include:

  • Basic First Aid Kits — Ideal for workplaces with 2-10 people on shift and low risk work environments that are only approximately 20 minutes from the nearest hospital.
  • Level 1 First Aid Kits — Perfect for low risk work environments that only have 2-30 people on shift and are approximately 20 minutes from the hospital.
  • Level 2 First Aid Kits — Best suited for low risk workplaces that are situated about 20 minutes from the nearest hospital and have no more than 2-30 workers on shift.
  • Personal First Aid Kits — Perfect for having around the house or for dealing with everyday minor injuries.
  • Vehicle First Aid Kits — Ideal for storing in the trunk or back of a car, as it can be extremely useful in the event of a car accident.

First Aid Equipment for Industrial Medical Rooms

While most prepackaged first aid kits are the perfect option for low risk environments, high risk workplaces tend to require more specialized first aid equipment. Some of the first aid equipment available for industrial workplaces with large staff numbers include:

  • Adhesive bandages and tapes
  • Burns and eye solutions and creams
  • Cotton tip applicators and tongue depressors
  • Eye care products
  • Eye wash stations and sterile solutions
  • Gauze pads, dressings, and bandages
  • Hot and cold therapy products
  • Latex free adhesive strips
  • Latex free and metal detectable adhesive strips
  • Medical instruments and accessories
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Respiratory and CPR devices
  • Soaps and antiseptic products
  • Splints and cervical collars
  • Sting repellents
  • Support and triangular bandages

If you would like to learn more about choosing the right first aid equipment or safety supplies, or if you are interested in one of our products or services, please contact Western Equipment at the location nearest you or by filling out a contact form on our website.