Safety Equipment, a Necessary Component
Increase Safety with Effective Equipment
Safety equipment is a necessary aspect to preventing and effectively handling emergencies. Without proper safety equipment, your potential loss increases significantly. Safety equipment can be defined as anything that your facility uses to protect property, or people from being damaged during an emergency situation. Take a look at some recommended safety equipment for your facility.
- Chemical storage cabinet- in science rooms that are locked up when not actively in use and when not supervised.
- Extinguishers are required by law and should be actively maintained, including recharges and inspections.
- Hand-held stop signs for those who walk to and from school and that cross busy intersections.
- Reflective vests that are worn during arrival and pick up times by adults and that are worn during emergencies to identify those who can help.
- Spill kits* are not only for science classrooms, they should stay up-to-date for other types of spills that could harm students or staff.
- Wet floor signs to alert patrons of a hazard can significantly reduce your liability.
- Fire extinguishers should be readily accessed and not too far away from any one area of your hospital or healthcare facility.
- Respirators, gloves, eye protection are essential safety equipment for your healthcare facility. They keep staff safe from health risks associated with their jobs.
- Keep spill kits* readily available for the various chemicals, medicines or bodily fluids that can be hazardous if spilled.
Place of Worship:
- Fire extinguishers should be placed around kitchen and education areas of your place of worship. If your place of worship has multiple levels, there should be one on every floor and they should be actively maintained to stay effective.
- Two-way radios should be used for communication during an emergency, keeping them charged and with full battery life is an essential element.
- Reflective vests should be worn by safety team members during an emergency so they are visible.
- Having multiple flashlights placed throughout the place of worship in easy-to-find locations.
- Spill kits* should be kept on hand for various incidents that happen on the property.
- Respirators are essential for maintenance personnel that work around the facility and for housekeeping when they are cleaning rooms and using harsh chemicals.
- Wet floor signs can reduce the risk of liability and keep staff and guests away from danger.
- Smoke detectors should be installed in every room, as well as carbon monoxide detectors.
*Spill Kits should include the following:
- Protective clothing (coveralls/resistant suit, gloves, boot covers, goggles, and gloves)
- Something to clean the spill with (absorbents)
- A way to dispose (drum, large garbage pail. It must have a secured lid)
Having the proper safety equipment on hand helps to relieve the emergency much more quickly. Having a spill kit, if a spill occurs, helps to reduce the risk associated with the spill. Safety equipment is necessary when keeping your staff, visitors and property safe. Keep an emergency kit with these supplies on hand for your facility to mitigate risk quickly and effectively when an emergency occurs.