First aid on the farm
Having people up-to-date with first aid training and having well-stocked first aid kits is essential on a farm. You never know when you, your workers or one of your friends or family could get injured.
To make sure you’re prepared at all times, you should have separate first aid kits in your house, sheds, inside any vehicles (including mobile machinery) and anywhere else where work is done.
Each first aid kit should be suitable for the area it is located. For example, extra eyewash might be needed in kits located where chemicals are used, along with products to treat burns if a risk of burns exists.
At a minimum, your first aid kits should include:
- bandages – including heavy duty ones for snake bites
- disposable waterproof gloves
- saline solution
- cold packs
- a sling
- a thermal blanket
- antiseptic wipes
- a resuscitation mask
- alcohol swabs
- an emergency first aid guide
- a whistle for attracting attention
- a torch.
Make sure that enough people are trained in first aid and that they know how to use the contents of the first aid kits.
Medications of any type shouldn’t be included in first aid kits. If your workers need prescribed and over-the-counter medications (such as such as paracetamol and aspirin) they should carry themselves for their personal use.
Whether you choose to stock your first aid kits yourself or buy them pre-packaged, make sure you always keep the contents up to date. You should always refill it every time you use it.
Having a first aid kit handy at all times could mean the difference between life and death.
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