Working as a tradesman, particularly in the electrical trade, can be fraught with a myriad of small dangers. Injuries sustained while working on a job are quite common, but thankfully most are fairly minor.
However, even minor injuries require prompt treatment to prevent them developing into something more serious. Every electrician should have a well-stocked first-aid kit to hand at all times. In particular, the following items should always be available to ensure that you are prepared for most eventualities.
Perhaps the most basic first-aid item but vitally important nonetheless. Many first-aid kits do not contain plasters due to the possibility of allergic reactions. To be on the safe side, make sure that the plasters you carry are of the low-allergy variety.
A good assortment of bandages is essential for treating injuries where there is loss of blood. After cleaning the wound and slowing the blood flow, applying a bandage will help to stem the flow until professional medical assistance is available.
Most electricians will have a pair of scissors in their tool box, but obviously they cannot be used for first-aid purposes due to the risk of infection. This makes it important to have a clean pair of scissors that will only be used for medical purposes.
Working as a tradesman means that any cut sustained in the line of duty is susceptible to infection due to the amounts of dust and other particles in the air. Sterile cleansing wipes are ideal for cleaning cuts and grazes to reduce the risk of infection. You should have a good supply at all times.
Sterile eye pads can come in very handy whenever there is an injury in this area. As with cuts and grazes, the eyes are very susceptible to any dust present in the air, which can potentially cause an infection or, at the very least, redness and soreness.
Even the most minor of burns can be very painful and require treatment as soon as possible. After soothing a burn injury with cool water, the area should be covered with layers of cling film. Always layer, and never wrap.
Along with bandages, these dressings are ideal for treating injuries to the fingers such as cuts and grazes. A properly applied finger dressing will help to prevent any initial infection to the wound.
There can’t be many tradesmen who have never suffered a splinter. Disposable splinter probes are the hygienic way of removing these painful little irritants without fear of possible infection.
To keep dressings in place, it is often necessary to apply tape around the outside. To ensure everything is done hygienically and to reduce the risk of possible infection, it is always advisable to use proper medical adhesive tape.
Even if a cut does not require a plaster, it is still advisable to treat the relevant area with antiseptic cream. After all, it is quite possible for even the smallest of cuts to become infected and require medical treatment.