Making a First Aid Kit
All of us understand the need of a first aid kit in the workshop, so there is no reason to emphasize its importance here. But do we know what this kit should contain, or what would be needed in an unfortunate scenario. Here are some nice guidelines I found for those who have a first aid kit and those who need to make one for their woodshop.
You can make a first aid kit in many ways. You can use any sealed container such as a tool box, a small tool plastic case that you don’t need, make a nice wooden box for it or even a nice medicine cabinet (better if it’s mobile). Basically anything will do as long is very clean. You can paint or use self adhesive Red Cross symbols on all sides to be easily identified by anyone who’s there to help. Most important is to remember to replace all supplies used or expired.
A basic First Aid Kit should include the following:
1) Information Card:
This could be a 5×8” preferably laminated card with emergency information such as: Full name, street address, telephone numbers (wife’s or friend’s) and driving instructions to the workshop, this will save valuable time when speaking to an emergency operator. The card should also include any medical condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, allergies, and reactions to medication and so on. It is also a good idea to have the name and phone number of your personal physician if any.
2) Box of assorted bandages.
3) 12 each 2”x2” sterile pads.
4) 12 each 4”x4” sterile pads.
5) 2 each 2” roller bandages.
6) 2 each 1” roller bandages.
7) A roll of 1” adhesive tape.
8) 6 each 3” to 6” wide elastic bandages.
10) Tweezers, there’s a nice version with a magnifying glass attached.
11) Safety pins.
12) Box of alcohol swabs.
13) Several pairs of latex gloves.
14) Antiseptic solution and wipes.
15) Eye goggles.
16) Resuscitation mask or face shield.
Other useful items could be:
- Antiseptic Hand Soap.
- A small flashlight.
- Additional sterile or clean strips of cloth.
- Plastic quart or liter bottle filled with water.
- A Survival blanked – it’s compact and packed in the size of your palm and will give warmth to a shock victim.
- Ice pack or chemical ice pack.
Stay Healthy and Safe Woodworkers
-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions