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Top Medical Supplies and Medicines to Have in Your Office
Keep your employees feeling well enough to finish out the workday by making sure your office first aid kit or breakroom has the top medicines discussed below. Plus learn about supplies recommended to help keep employees safe and to use in an emergency.
Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Every office medical supply kit should contain a few different over-the-counter pain relievers:
All three are also anti-inflammatories, so they help to reduce swelling that may be associated with minor physical injuries.
Cold & Allergy Medicines
Allergy season can hit any industry hard. Stock up on cold and allergy relievers to keep your employees alert and symptom free. These include cough suppressants and cough drops during the colder months, as well as antihistamines during the spring and summer seasons. Make sure to read the labels and find ones that are meant for non-drowsy daytime use, or you may have a bunch of sleepy workers fighting to stay awake at their desks.
Let your employees know these medicines are for the occasional sniffles or allergies, and not to treat the flu or other sicknesses. Health codes require that those afflicted with the flu stay home and rest to avoid causing an outbreak.
Stomach Ache and Indigestion Relief
In addition to providing the typical office medicine to relieve employees of aches and pains and colds and allergies, employees may face other common ailments, including stomach issues. Rather than trying to find multiple medicines to relieve different digestive issues, a few brands have multi-symptom relief in one formula for all common problems. Look for capsules or chewable pills, rather than liquid forms, to help ensure a sanitary environment.
Additional Supplies for Your Office First Aid Kit
Although there are no exact requirements for an office first aid kit, it is recommended to buy a kit that meets ANSI Z308.1-2003 Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits. Your kit should include a variety of bandages, compresses and sterile pads, as well as antiseptic cream, burn cream, adhesive tape and exam gloves. Depending on your work environment, you may be advised to add cold packs, eye patches, eyewash and a CPR barrier device to the kit. Its better to have more rather than less in case of an accident or an emergency.
Along with all of the proper office medical supplies, consider offering a CPR course or other emergency training to your employees. It will create a safer environment as well as give your staff additional skills they can use outside of work.
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