Emergency preparedness: What’s in your kit?

Betsy LongUncategorized

Emergency First Aid KitBeing an arborist is a demanding and hazardous job. From climbing trees, using chainsaws or pole saws, to managing heavy equipment—having the right emergency kit on hand is essential for safety. In an emergency time is critical, and having a well-stocked kit can make all the difference. Here’s what every arborist needs in their emergency kit to stay safe and respond effectively to any situation, in compliance with OSHA 1910.266 App A.

The Basics

Your emergency first aid kit should be easily accessible and well-organized to handle a variety of situations. Here are the basic supplies every arborist’s kit should include:

  • First Aid Manual: A guide on how to handle common injuries and emergencies.
  • Bandages: Include clotting, and adhesive bandages in various sizes, as well as sterile gauze pads and roller bandages for larger wounds.
  • Antiseptics: Keep antiseptic wipes or solutions to clean and disinfect wounds. Include hand sanitizer (water soluble—at least 61% ethyl alcohol).
  • Adhesive Tape: Useful for securing bandages and splints.
  • Tweezers and Scissors: For removing debris from wounds or cutting bandages.
  • Pain Relief: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, cold pack, and Benadryl to help with pain and inflammation.
  • Glucose tabs: Glucose tabs and hard candies—like peppermints help for when blood sugar is too low.

Advanced First Aid Supplies

For more serious injuries, you’ll need additional supplies:

  • Blood Stopper: This equipment should be available on every climber, whether on your vest or on your climbing harness.
  • Israeli Bandage: A versatile and easy-to-use bandage that can apply pressure to wounds and act as a tourniquet if necessary.
  • Tourniquet: A compact and self-applicable tourniquet, such as the RATS, is essential for stopping severe bleeding.
  • SAM Splint: A flexible, moldable splint that can stabilize broken bones or be used as a neck brace.
  • Chest Seal: Useful for treating penetrating chest injuries.
  • Eye Wash: For flushing out foreign particles from the eyes.
  • Burn treatment: Burn dressing (gel-soaked pad).

Multi-Functional Tools

Some tools serve multiple purposes, saving space and making your kit more efficient:

  • SWAT-T Tourniquet: Acts as both a tourniquet and a compression bandage.
  • Emergency Blanket: Keeps the injured warm and can also serve as a makeshift stretcher.
  • CPR Mask: Essential for providing CPR safely.

Personal Protection Equipment

Protecting yourself while providing aid is just as important:

  • Disposable Gloves: Keep a supply of non-latex gloves, as well as a bag to dispose of used gloves.
  • Face Mask: Essential for minimizing the risk of infection during close contact.

Portable First Aid PouchesBlood Stopper

Equipping each crew member with a small, portable first aid pouch give everyone quick access to help themselves or a team member:

  • Personal Emergency Kit: This should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptics, and other first aid items.
  • Climber’s Kit: When aloft, the climber should have easy access to supplies like tourniquets, bandages, and other critical items.

Having a comprehensive emergency first aid kit is essential for responding quickly and effectively in case of injury. By equipping yourself with the right supplies and maintaining your kit regularly, you can ensure the safety of yourself and your team. If you’re in need of a new emergency kit, look no further than Sherrill Tree: https://sherrilltree.com/safety-ppe/first-aid/

Stay prepared, stay safe!

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