How a Good First Aid Kit Will Save You Money

Save money? Traditionally, many businesses have seen first aid kits and supplies as an annoying expense imposed on them by the Government – a bit like yet another tax. But the fact is that employers owe their employees a duty of care, and the first aid kit in your workplace is the first port of call for an injured worker. Availability of good first aid products can make the difference between a minor incident and a major drama.

Picture this- Despite all your safety precautions, one of your workers, Ryan, badly lacerates his arm in the workshop, and there’s blood everywhere. His supervisor dashes to the first aid box for something to stem the bleeding, but finds only a few band aids – certainly nothing to cope with this kind of injury. Thinking fast, he grabs a rag off the workbench. It’s pretty grubby, but it’s there, at least, and he slaps it on the wound while someone else calls an ambulance.

Ryan spends a few hours in casualty getting patched up, expecting to be back at work the next day, but overnight, an infection sets in, very likely as a result of using a dirty rag to stop the bleeding, instead of the sterile pressure pad that should have been in the first aid box. His doctor signs him off for a week to recover.

Work Cover would pay Ryan’s medical expenses, his wages during his time off sick, and any rehabilitation costs that he might need. Now, Work Cover premiums are calculated taking into account a business’s claim history, so this claim could impact your Work Cover premium, and you could end up paying more for Work Cover for the next 3 years. Other costs would include lost productivity during Ryan’s absence and recovery period, during which he may have to be assigned to lighter duties.

It’s a sad scenario, and there are thousands of variations on the same theme. From lacerations to burns to eye injuries, if the right first aid equipment isn’t available, a minor injury can turn into something much more serious.

Points to consider for your first aid kit and equipment

• Does the kit comply with your State’s Workplace Health & Safety legislation?

• Having assessed the level of risk of injury in your workplace, do you have enough of the right kind of supplies to deal with the types of injury that are possible?

• Is the kit sensibly located, allowing all staff access to it?

• Are the first aid consumables of good quality? If they don’t work properly, they may as well not be there, and you’ll experience more employee downtime and productivity loss if workers are repeatedly applying inferior dressings etc.

• Are all items within their expiry date? Otherwise sterility and effectiveness could be compromised

• Do you have a system in place to ensure that your first aid kit is regularly checked and re-stocked?

No business can ever ensure that their employees will never have an accident, and some industries are just more dangerous than others. But with good planning you can limit your employee’s exposure to the risk of serious injury, and by doing that, limit your business’s exposure to the financial and non-financial costs of workplace injury.

Working with You

Let us get to know you – on the first visit a rep will sit down and take the time to fully understand your current situation and your future needs. You can either choose to schedule visits at regular intervals, or simply call us again when you need us. The choice is totally up to you, plus you’ll never be asked to sign any of those nasty “lock in” contracts either.

So you know that you will always be covered, all G & A rep’s carry checklists of workplace kit contents, as recommended in the Queensland Government’s First Aid Advisory Standard, and they will stock your kit to this minimum level, plus any additional requirements that you’ve identified.

A wide range of stock is carried on hand by mobile rep’s, so when they visit you, you can be assured that what you require can be supplied on the spot. If for any reason a certain product is not available, we’ll make it our priority to get it to you as quickly as possible.

Never be charged for unnecessary service. There is No call-out fee, No service charge, No minimum order fee. Plus, you’ll never be charged for delivery!

You will only pay for what you buy, which is the way it should be isn’t it?

Customer involvement is welcomed and encouraged in the re-stocking process, so that you only buy what you need – But of course if you’re busy and have other things to do, our rep’s are trained and certainly capable of doing the job unsupervised.

You choose your level of involvement – after all, it’s your business!

Most importantly – if we say we’ll check your kit again in 3 months time, we’ll do it! – it’s our commitment to reliable service. Let’s face it – our customers wouldn’t keep coming back year after year after year if we didn’t, would they?

Why not let us shoulder your First Aid burden so you can get on with the task of concentrating on making money in your own business – after all that’s what being in business is all about, isn’t it?

Easing The Pain

Have you ever felt bamboozled by the huge range of workplace first aid kits on the market?
Sometimes, choosing a first aid kit from all those on offer can be a bit like comparing apples and eggs. And finding one to suit your workplace and your budget can seem an impossible task.

That’s why we’re introducing our new range of Workplace First Aid Kits.

As always, our kits meet the requirements set out in the Queensland Government’s First Aid Advisory Standard 2004, and include good quality first aid consumables that won’t let you down.

Kits are clearly named so that you can quickly decide which is the right kit for you. And we’ve listened to what you’ve asked for, and developed industry-specific kits such as Hospitality and Construction kits.

For details of our kit range, including contents and dimensions just click on the highlighted link.

A guide to health care apps for your smart phone

“Is there an app for that?” When it comes to consumer health care applications for smart phones, the answer, increasingly, is yes.

There are now close to 6,000 consumer health apps, according to a review published in March by mobihealthnews, which reports on the mobile health industry, and more are being added every day. Many are free, or cost $1 to $10 to download.

Some physicians are concerned about the reliability of the medical information provided by many of these apps, which offer advice and information on a wide array of health topics, including how to find a doctor, first aid for an emergency and exercise instructions. And they
worry that consumers could follow an app’s guidance for, say, monitoring high blood pressure, and leave it at that — forgoing visits with their physician.

“The consumer health app market is still a very immature market with a lot of things being thrown out there,” says Kevin Patrick, an adjunct professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego and the editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  Patrick also says that generally the apps have not been subjected to clinical trials that
would show that they are effective in changing health behaviors, a claim of much of the marketing surrounding some health apps.

What are the costs of injuries?

In 1995, the Industry Commission estimated that the annual cost of work-related injury and disease in Australia was $20 billion. The most common outcome for work-related injuries is 5 days or less off work, and in these cases, the employer can bear up to 90% of the cost.

First, there are the direct costs – and these are fairly obvious

• Incapacity payments for lost earnings
• Medical Costs
• Rehabilitation Costs
• Property Damage

Then the indirect costs – these are often hidden costs, and they may amount to even more than the direct costs.

• Time lost through injury leading to productivity loss
• Loss of skill, experience & training – and cost of replacing these
• Increased workload pressure and uncertainty and low morale for co-workers
• Absenteeism, turnover, workplace conflict
• Damage to the organisation’s reputation as an attractive place to work
• Cost of investigation reports

How can you minimise these costs in your business?

Reduce the number of accidents by providing appropriate safety measures

Minimise the severity of any injuries that do occur by providing appropriate equipment for immediate and effective first aid treatment.

Magistrate B Clifford in the Dandenong MC, passing judgement in a workplace injury case, remarked, “The difference between the circumstances that turn a minor injury into a severe one is insignificant. Relying on good luck is not the basis of a health and safety policy”

So planning ahead to ensure that you have appropriate facilities in place is essential to minimise your risk of spending thousands of dollars on workplace injuries. We won’t deal here with the issue of prevention of injuries, as this is amply dealt with elsewhere.  But even with the best safety measures in place, accidents can and do still happen, and you need to be sure that you have the right equipment to handle this.

How Can G & A First Aid Supplies Help You?

By providing you with a wide range of workplace first aid kits, and a huge range of first aid consumables to suit all kinds of businesses, big and small. Stocked are quality, well known brands, which won’t let you down when you need them the most.

A highly reliable kit re-stocking service is available for you too; having your kit reviewed and re-stocked on a regular basis ensures that you will always meet government and industry best practice standards, avoiding any potential problems.

OH & S Inspectors—Who Are They, And What Do They Want?

The main role of an inspector is to ensure workplaces comply with workplace health and safety legislation. It is also part of an inspector’s role to provide information and advice on the legislation.Inspectors visit workplaces for a variety of reasons including to:

• Investigate workplace incidents
• Investigate reports of unsafe, or unhealthy conditions and dangerous work practices
• Assess workplace health and safety risks to workers and members of the public
• Conduct workplace health and safety inspections and audits
• Provide information and advice on the legislation.

Inspectors only pre-arrange their visit to a workplace if they are confident that advance notice will not jeopardise the intention of the visit. Advance notice is not usually provided.

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