What is the best first aid kit for your workplace?
When was the last time you brushed up on your Health and Safety Regulations for your workplace?
We know that wading through all the jargon online can be time consuming and even confusing. However, we cannot stress enough the importance of a fully stocked first aid kit on site!
In order to make sure you know what items are essential we’ve compiled an easy guide on what first aid kits are best for your workplace below. All the is compliant with the Health and Safety Executive’s advice, along with personalised suggestions from St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd.
What should a first aid box in the workplace contain?
The decision on what to provide will be influenced by the findings of the first aid needs assessment. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first aid items might be:
• a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid
• individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided if necessary);
• sterile eye pads;
• individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
• safety pins;
• large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
• medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
• disposable gloves
It is recommended that you don’t keep tablets and medicines in the first aid box.
How often should the contents of first aid boxes be replaced?
Although there is no specified review timetable, many items, particularly sterile ones, are marked with expiry dates. They should be replaced by the dates given and expired items disposed of safely. In cases where sterile items have no dates, it would be advisable to check with the manufacturers to find out how long they can be kept. For non-sterile items without dates, it is a matter of judgement, based on whether they are fit for purpose.
Tips from St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd
Not sure which is the best first aid kit for your workplace?
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Sports & Leisure
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