In a warehouse, there is always a risk of injuries. You can take all of the safety precautions in the world — asking people to wear hard hats, sending your employees to training, and so forth — but there is still a chance that an emergency situation will arise. It's essential, therefore, that you are prepared for this scenario. That preparation begins with you having the three following pieces of safety equipment handy all of the time.
An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a piece of medical equipment that can be used to deliver an electrical shock to return someone's heart back to a good rhythm. You do not need years of medical training to use an AED. It does most of the work for you. Basically, as long as you can apply it to someone's chest, the AED will analyze their heart rhythm, determine if a shock is needed, and deliver that shock if it is needed. An AED can be really useful if someone suffers a heart attack on the job, or even if one of your vendors or customers happens to have a cardiac emergency in the warehouse. Typically, you mount the AED on the wall in a case, with signage pointing to it so that people can easily find it in case of an emergency.
A First Aid Kit
Even a small cut or puncture wound, in the wrong location, can prove deadly if you don't have the tools necessary to stop the bleeding. And if you don't clean minor wounds quickly, they can become infected, having grave consequences. Thus, you need a basic first aid kit in your warehouse. It should come equipped with an array of bandages, a tourniquet, antiseptic ointment, saline solution, and other basic supplies.
A Fire Extinguisher
Even if you do not have flammable items stored in your warehouse, you absolutely must have fire extinguishers throughout the space. You never know when a customer may drop a cigarette and spark a fire, or when something may go wrong with the electrical system. A Class A, B, and C extinguisher will put out most fires in most situations. If you work with strong chemicals in your warehouse, you may need to invest in a different type of fire extinguisher that can put out chemical fires.
With the three pieces of equipment above, you and your employees will be better equipped to deal with emergencies.
For more information about emergency medical supplies like an AED defibrillator package, contact a company like Urban Rescue Solutions.