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February 28, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Accessing first aid room

FirstaidAn anonymous reader writes:

This is one of at least two first aid rooms with this sign at the corporate headquarters of a major financial services company.

The sign reads:

For entry to first aid room
call security at ext. 58940

I think that first aid supplies shouldn't be locked up. If you are bleeding, who has time to call security? 

If that weren't bad enough, there is no phone near either of these rooms. If someone needed access to the first aid room, they would actually have to go to a different floor to find the closest phone!


Plus the time it would take for the person who has to come unlock the door wastes by running to the door.

Perhaps this is their way of saying "Don't get hurt."

Posted by: GinoLeTV at February 28, 2007 12:30 AM

I bet this is from a company that has had "No accidents in the workplace for 10 years!" because of the elongated report process, and if you do get to security, they take you in the "first aid" room and make sure you cant tell anyone about your recent 'accident' or the new one you are about to have...

Posted by: n1nj4 at February 28, 2007 05:01 AM

Don't forget to memorize the 5 digit number 58940 when hunting for a phone. You would think that they would make the 'emergency' number a bit easier to note, like all seven's or 12345 or something along that line. I also agree with the poster, this room should not be locked. Broken.

Posted by: rooknut at February 28, 2007 07:42 AM

If this is in the U.S., it could be illegal. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations say, "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available."

So unless there's a hospital or clinic within 4 to 6 minutes (OSHA's definition of "near proximity"), those first aid supplies cannot be locked up unless there's an attendant standing by with ready access.

Posted by: stoo at February 28, 2007 07:46 AM

I imagine supplies kept coming up missing from the room all the time. A dedicated "First-Aid Room" (instead of a cabinet in the admin's office) is bound to have a large supply of stuff of interests. I can't imagine a whole room for a couple boxes of band-aids and some alcohol wipes.

So to keep the theft to a minimum, they locked the door. Nice knee-jerk reaction "major financial services company"

Posted by: Cid73 at February 28, 2007 09:49 AM

A perfect complement for this sign would be a bloody hand print on it with a two or three-inch downward slide mark.

Posted by: tartan at February 28, 2007 11:29 AM

I would need a lot more info on this to really be able to call it broken. Just in passing, looking at that sign, it would automatically seem broken, but the poster actually states:

This is one of at least two first aid rooms with this sign at the corporate headquarters of a major financial services company.

I would fathom a guess that there are rules about how many of the rooms must stay open at any given time; I can't imagine every first aid room is required to stay open 24/7.

The fact that there is a sign at the top that says it is vacant makes sense to me why they would have it locked. I hate to say it, but if they didn't keep the rooms locked when not in use, all the "stuff" in the rooms would be gone within days.

A whole other possibility is that it is really nothing more than a storage room for extra first aid supplies. That would surprise me if it were the case that there are a whole bunch of these rooms in the building (unless, I suppose, if the building were really, really big), but if there are other first aid "stations" and this type of room is more of a backup and/or storage, then there is nothing wrong with it either.

Posted by: Memnon at February 28, 2007 02:27 PM

Just another DANGEROUS, BROKEN thing!!! I swear, the number of idiots in this world is growing by the millions every day. Er. Wait. Nevermind.

Posted by: Maxaxle at April 20, 2007 12:12 AM

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