first aid

ABOUT FIRST AID

​First aid equipment must be adapted individually to each company. The required first aid equipment varies from workplace to workplace. It is important that the equipment is maintained and placed appropriately.

FIRST AID KITS

In the event of an accident, all employees should be aware where first aid boxes, eyewash, fire extinguishers and more are located within the company. However, it is equally important that the employees are able to locate the correct bandage in the first aid kit. Therefore, ICM sells special first aid boxes and -stations with equipment, which is clearly marked and easy to use. For example, the first aid stations from Cederroth are equipped with easy-to-understand pictograms and reference codes that make them easy to refill.


EYEWASH

Easily accessible and at the right place

At workplaces with a risk of eye injury, it is important to have an eyewash station with plenty of water! Every second counts if an accident occurs, and rapid response with eyewash can mean the difference between losing sight or not.

DO NOT FORGET TRAINING

Even though the eyewash is easy to use, its effectivity depends on whether the employees have been properly trained in the use of the eyewash station. The typical reaction time in case of a splash in the eye is 1-2 seconds. If the injured person has to crawl to the eyewash station, it must be possible to cover 6 metres in 10 seconds! Remember to take out contact lenses before flushing.

If acids or bases have come in contact with your eyes, the damage is already evident at this point. We have several eyewash station types in our product range with individual characteristics. We recommend that you choose an eyewash station that is easy to use, has good flushing time (approx. 3 minutes for 1 litre) and is equipped with a high-quality bottle to avoid hosing down the eye. Read more about the characteristics of the products in their descriptions.

STERILE AND ONE-TIME-ONLY USE

All eyewash stations are sterile and single-use only! Some of them are designed with a curve at the bottom to curtail the temptation of putting back the bottle after use. This way, you will neither be tempted to store water from opened bottles used by others at risk of infection. Cuts or wounds in or around the eyes occur easily in connection with eye injuries. If there are bacteria in the rinsing fluid, the risk of developing an inflammation increases, and can, in the worst case scenario, potentially cost you your vision. Therefore, our eyewash stations contain sterile isotonic sodium chloride solution (0.9%) with a pH near the pH of the eye fluid, thus helping to avoid a burning sensation and providing more effective flushing. The eyewash station is time-stamped and sterile for at least 3 years.

RECOMMENDED FLUSHING TIMES
INJURY TYPESSTART FLUSHINGFLUSHING TIME
MECHANICAL INJURIES
Foreign objects in the eye such as dust and dirt, i.e. not chemicals.
As fast as possible. Flush the eye until the particle or dust is gone. Pay particular attention to flushing under the eyelids because particles tend to accumulate there.Approx. 1-3 min.
ACID DAMAGES
The biting starts as soon as the harmful substance comes into contact with the eye. After a certain time, the proteins on the eye surface coagulate - and the corrosive effect of the acid stops.
Within 5 seconds.Approx. 2-5 min.
ALKALI INJURIES
Also called alkaline substances, e.g. lye, caustic soda, lime and ammonia. The corrosive effect of alkaline substances begins immediately and unlike acids does not stop.
Within 1 secondLonger, 10-20 min.
Continue flushing on the way to the doctor.

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