Shipping Supplies Safely
Working in a medical office often means that you will be responsible for mailing packages to other offices or medical suppliers in different areas of the country. The packaging for the supplies should be secure so that the items don’t move around while in transit. There are medical packaging services available that will provide the materials that are needed before shipping the items for you so that you aren’t responsible for getting them safely to the receiver.
Corrugated boxes are ideal for packing medical supplies. They are sturdy and come in various sizes. Most of these boxes have a ridged lining on the inside, providing further stability for the contents. Packing peanuts or Styrofoam can be used inside boxes to provide a cushion for equipment and supplies that are shipped. The packing materials should fit tightly around the items without causing any damage. You want to make sure there is a little room for the items to shift, but they don’t need to move a significant amount as there is a possibility that something could break. Shrink wrap is a good idea to use if you’re shipping an electronic to prevent damage.
If you’re shipping large pieces of equipment or several items at one time, then consider a large crate instead of small boxes. This will prevent you from breaking down the equipment before it’s shipped from the office. However, you need to alert the recipient that there is a crate being delivered as some large containers aren’t deliverable directly to the office. Instead, the crate would need to be delivered to a packing store where someone would make a request to pick up the item.
Some items might require a certain kind of packaging. This would include liquids or items that contain some kind of ink or a liquid inside the product. These containers need to be marked on the outside so that the transit service knows that there are liquids inside the container. At times, special precautions need to be taken in order to ship liquids. This is to protect the person delivering the items and to protect the recipient.