First Aid For Electricians

Electricians are exposed to high-voltage of electricity every day as part of their jobs. Although safety procedures and gears are available, it is not a guarantee that accidents will never happen. Sometimes the location of the work site is far from medical facilities that can respond to emergencies. As such, contractors need to ensure that the electricians are given first aid training as part of their work requirements.

You should inquire from your electrical service provider whether they provide first aid training to their employees. This may not be a usual question to ask, but it would reveal whether the power company takes safety seriously and on top of their priority. One example is Electrician Atlanta. Their electricians are not only professional electric experts, they are also equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills on safety.

A trained first aid responder should always be available at the work site. It would only take a few minutes of lack of air to the person who suffered from electrical shock could result in irreversible damage.

With the risks involved on the job, each electrician should be trained in first aid treatment especially in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED). The first aid training should be taken from reputable first aid organization such as the Red Cross.

The basic first aid course for electricians should be consist of principles or triage, surveying of the scene and the victims, first aid treatments, and administration of supplies. First aid treatment for electrical shocks, heart attacks, stroke, burns, and musculoskeletal injuries should be highlighted.

Aside from adequate first aid training to the personnel and the availability of a trained first aid responder in the worksite, electricians should also have their first aid kits at all times. The US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that enforces safety and health practices in the workplace. OSHA has provided guidelines for the first aid kits for high-risk jobs such as in the electrical field. Although the regulations do not specify the actual contents of the first aid kits, the rule of having an available first aid kit on worksites are emphasized.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) introduced two classes of first aid kits to be used in the workplace.

Class A kits will contain supplies to address common workplace injuries. Here are the essential items to be included.

  • 16 Adhesive Bandages, 1″ x 3″ 1
  • Adhesive Tape, 2.5 yds.
  • 10 Antibiotic Treatment, 0.14 Fl. oz. (0.5g) applications
  • 10 Antiseptic, 0.14 Fl. oz. (0.5g) applications
  • 1 Breathing Barrier
  • 1 Burn Dressing, 4″ x 4.”
  • 10 Burn Treatment, 1/32 oz. (0.9g) applications
  • 1 Cold Pack, 4″ x 5″
  • 2 Eye Coverings
  • 1 Eye Wash, 1 oz.
  • 1 First Aid Guide
  • 6 Hand Sanitizer, 1/32 oz. (0.9g) applications
  • 4 Medical Exam Gloves
  • 1 Roller Bandage, 2″ x 4 yds.
  • 1 Scissors 2 Sterile Pads, 3″ x 3.”
  • 2 Trauma Pads, 5″ x 9.”
  • 1 Triangular Bandage, 40″ x 40″ x 56″

Class B kits consist of specific supplies to apply to injuries in more complex or high-risk environments. It is consist of the following items.

  • 50 Adhesive Bandages, 1″ x 3.”
  • 2 Adhesive Tape, 2.5 yds.
  • 25 Antibiotic Treatment, 0.14 Fl. oz. (0.5g) applications
  • 50 Antiseptic, 0.14 Fl. oz. (0.5g) applications
  • 1 Breathing Barrier
  • 2 Burn Dressing, 4″ x 4″ 25
  • Burn Treatment, 1/32 oz. (0.9g) applications
  • 2 Cold Pack, 4″ x 5″
  • 2 Eye Coverings
  • 1 Eye Wash, 4 oz.
  • 1 First Aid Guide
  • 10 Hand Sanitizer, 1/32 oz. (0.9g) applications
  • 8 Medical Exam Gloves
  • 2 Roller Bandage, 2″ x 4 yds.
  • 1 Roller Bandage, 4″ x 4 yds.
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Padded Splint, 4″ x 24″
  • 4 Sterile Pads, 3″ x 3.”
  • 1 Tourniquet, 1.”
  • 4 Trauma Pads, 5″ x 9″
  • 2 Triangular Bandage, 40″ x 40″ x 56″

Please get in touch with your local safety board if you have a specific question on the safety regulations and requirements in your area.

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