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In any working environment, the humble first-aid kit is an essential component of a safe workplace. In commercial kitchens where there are ample opportunities for injuries to occur, this is even more the case.
Being well stocked with medical supplies, ones that are appropriate for your hazards and nowhere near their expiry date is essential, so let’s run through a simple checklist of what your first-aid kit should include.
Taking Care of Minor Injuries
Minor injuries like cuts and scrapes can occur anywhere in the kitchen, from cutting utensils to counter tops. Even minor accidents should be seen to, especially where hygiene is concerned, so be sure that you stock up on these basic but necessary medical supplies:
- Finger Cots
- Cold Packs
- Antiseptic Wipes
Treating Major Injuries
With so many sharp and hot implements around, there is always a chance of serious injuries occurring. Remember though, that even once stabilised, the injured person should be taken to a hospital as quickly as possible.
These supplies should include some of the following:
- Adhesive tape
- CPR Mouth Barriers
Medical Supplies for Burns
One of the most common injuries in any type of kitchens come in the form of burns. Whether from stoves, ovens, grills, or even worse, steam, burns can cause serious and long-lasting damage to the human body.
They need to be treated swiftly, and to do that, you’ll need to have stock of the following:
- Burn Spray
- Burn Cream
- Burn Dressing
Remember however, that serious burns will need to be treated professionally. Even if it is somewhat treated on-site, you need to go to (or take the injured person) to hospital.
The well-being of your kitchen staff is your responsibility, maintaining a safe and prepared work environment is key to ensuring optimal moral, the safety of your workforce, and ensuring compliance.
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Izinga Catering is a leading supplier of a complete range of solutions and supplies for commercial kitchens of all types. If you would like to know more about our offers. Be sure to visit our website today for details.