Mary E. Parsons

Office Medical Equipment: Why You Need It

Depending on the nature of your business, minor or major injuries may occur. As you establish and maintain a wellness program in your office, you should include a first aid initiative to improve employee well-being. With the proper medical equipment in the workplace, you can create the right program for a safe work environment for your employees.

Build the Best Program

Look at your business activities and consider the risks around the office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explained. Create a first-aid program that will provide employees the best care while still in the office.

OSHA suggested you choose and assign first-aid providers based on your business type. Meet with your employees to outline the basics of the program. Also, identify the workers trained in first aid and outline what steps workers should take if someone is injured. It may be useful to put the basics of the program in writing so it can be posted in your office.

First-aid training is offered by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or may be available from your local emergency providers. The American Red Cross has a program called Ready Rating that assists offices with planning for emergencies.

Stock up on First-aid Supplies

OSHA guidelines suggested you designate a specific person who’s responsible for assembling and maintaining first-aid supplies. A separate report from OSHA showed guidelines for the type of supplies needed in a first-aid kit. Locate these kits so they’re readily accessible.

Install a Defibrillator

Automated external defibrillators (AED) are widely available and can be an important addition to your office medical equipment. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), if someone suffers cardiac arrest, easy access to an AED can lead to an increase in survival rate from 5 percent to 40 percent or more. Training for use of this type of medical equipment may be available from local emergency providers or distributors of the AED.

Medical emergencies are chaotic events, but having a carefully planned first-aid initiative can positively impact the outcome and give you confidence that your employees are equipped to handle whatever happens.

Mary Parsons is retired from a 30-year career in the insurance industry. She worked in the claims department of a major insurance carrier as a claims adjuster, manager and a member of a catastrophe team. Since her retirement, she has developed a career as a freelance writer. As an insurance professional, she has been a contributor to several insurance websites.