No worker expects to be injured or wants to feel ill while on the job. However, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workplace illnesses and injuries happen more often than you’d think. Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses totaled nearly 4 million for private and public sector workers in 2010, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.5 for every 100 workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also reports that more than 12 workers die on the job every day.
Based on these facts, having first aid cabinets and safety supplies on-site is essential to reduce injuries and illnesses. If these products are not readily available, your business and employees may face numerous risks and liabilities. Injuries and illnesses can result in reduced worker productivity, attendance, satisfaction and ultimately negatively impact a business’ bottom line. Equipping every workplace with well stocked first aid cabinets and providing employees with proper emergency response training ensures effective solutions are within reach when they are needed most.