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What to Put in a Workshop First Aid Kit Past Bandages and Gauze Pads
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Q: I am in the process of remodeling my garage to make it more woodworking friendly. Someone suggested that I should have a first-aid kit in the shop. My question is: Rather than just put in a regular first-aid kit, which is normally packed tight with a bit of everything, what do you recommend I keep in it, other than Band-Aids® and tweezers? I want to have the really important items on hand if I need them.

First aid kit for a home workshop Keeping a well stocked first aid kit is important for every workshop, all your standards, plus a few extras like eye wash and products to deal with big cuts.

A: A well-stocked woodshop first-aid kit should have all the things you’d have in a regular household kit, including an assortment of Band-Aids; some antiseptic wipes and a tube of disinfectant ointment such as Mycitracin, for everyday small cuts, scrapes and light burns; a roll of sterile gauze; scissors and a few large triangular bandages or 4" x 4" gauze pads for larger wounds; a good pair of fine tweezers for removing splinters; and an up-to-date emergency first-aid guide. Additionally, woodshop kits should contain: An eye cup, a small mirror and some boric acid solution, to help flush sawdust particles from the eyes; butterfly bandages, to close large lacerations; a clean plastic bag, to keep (God forbid) amputated fingers clean on the way to the ER; and an instant cold compress, to reduce swelling due to injuries (and to chill amputated parts). Also, don’t forget to include medications you might need in a hurry (nitroglycerine tablets, asthma inhaler, etc.), stored in well-labeled containers. Finally, make sure to post your doctor’s phone number as well as the number of your local hospital or ER next to your phone, just in case.

posted on August 1, 2008 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
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