Every business needs a First Aid kit on hand. It can help business owners quickly respond to employee or client injuries. But, because all businesses are different, each business might need to include special materials within the kit.
Think of the injury risks present at a gas station as opposed to those in an office building. Injury risks in gas stations might include burn risks, poison risks and a host of other run-of-the-mill injury risks that could occur inside or outside your property. If someone gets hurt, you need to be able to render First Aid. What should you consider putting in your First Aid kit?
Stocking Your Emergency Supply Kit
There are countless items to include in a commercial First Aid kit. They might include a myriad of everyday items — such as like Band Aids®, antiseptics, antibiotic ointments and pain killers. However, you can often include a variety of specialty items that are good to have on-hand in case of more severe injuries.
Gas stations face plenty of potentially-severe, unique injury risks, such as:
- Slip-and-fall risks on wet surfaces
- Burn risks from gas fires
- Poisoning risks from exposure to fumes or accidental consumption of gasoline
- Injury risks of a pedestrian being hit by a car
If you have the right items on hand to render First Aid, you can immediately spring into action should a problem occur. Some of the items you might need include:
- Gloves, masks and protective eyewear
- Sterile bandages and tape
- Eye wash and eye dressings
- Activated charcoal (an anti-poisoning agent)
- Compression bandages
- Sterile water (to wash wounds)
Furthermore, keep proper documentation on hand, such as a First Aid manual and the phone number for your local hospitals, police and poison control centers. The last thing you want to do is render First Aid improperly, because that could make a problem worse. Therefore, you should only provide preliminary assistance until the injured party can receive medical care.
How To Respond To Accidents
You need to do everything you can to prevent injuries in your gas station, but you also have to be ready to respond as soon as an accident occurs.
- Post clear warnings about the potential safety hazards that exist on your property. Most people know the dangers present at gas stations, but it doesn't hurt to do your duty by warning them.
- As soon as someone reports an injury, provide whatever First Aid you can. If necessary, call 9-1-1 for assistance.
- Gather information about what happened. Collect the name and contact information of the injured party. Take photos if possible.
You do not have to admit responsibility or guilt for an accident. However, you should willingly answer questions of the affected party in a professional way. Provide them with your liability insurance's information if they request it. This policy can help you compensate the injured party for the costs of their injuries. It can also cover your legal costs if they sue you.