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Woodworking Accessories Alternatives #6: Making a First Aid Kit

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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.
9) Scissors.
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
Steli

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --



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Dandog

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#1 posted 1257 days ago

I got one paper towels and duct tape.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1257 days ago

thank´s for bringing it up Steliart :-) its serius stuff
and a good list you have made not that I agree on every thing like the faceshield
but the mask idea I do like
some wuold like to have a hart Resuscitation maschine as a privat person but if its a comerciel shop
I deffently recoment people to get one and learn to use them as well as hart massage all in all
learn to save lifes and use the first aid kits

take care
Dennis

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steliart

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#3 posted 1257 days ago

Thank you Dennis and I couldn’t agree with you more.
Off-course the list is a basic one, some people will like to add more items into it like peroxide or iodine etc., and others less items (towels and tape). Personally as a diving instructor I had to pass a medic first aid course and I would like to have at least any kind of resuscitation equipment than nothing, a machine would be the best, but I think learning CPR is the most useful of all.
Steli

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Roger

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#4 posted 1257 days ago

Yep, tis a great idea and reminder for everyone. First and foremost, a fire extinquisher should also be in the shop.I do have some bandaids, alcohol, (not the kind you drink), hydrogen peroxide, paper towels, and the good ole duct tape if needed.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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steliart

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#5 posted 1257 days ago

Roger

There is not argument from anyone I believe about how a big MAST is a fire extinguisher in the shop’s safety amongst other things.
The reason not mentioned in this blog is because it’s about the first aid kit and its contents or making one.
But still, is very good to be reminded about any safety measure we can take.

Thanks
Steli

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1257 days ago

thank´s Steli :-) there it was CPR cuoldn´t remember the short word (if you can call it that)
to reneiw the first aid test every 2-5 years ain´t bad either even thuogh it can be tedius to
go thrugh it when you had the instructer test 30 years ago then you always forget small things
that can be vital and if its 10 -15years since people had it last time they better go there
becourse there is so many new things to it now

but the most importen above all is to stay calm and not panic nomatter what and where
and learn the number to the alert central in the country you visit or live in 911 ,112 or what ever it is

take care out there
Dennis

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steliart

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#7 posted 1257 days ago

Very well said Dennis

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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