The Importance of a Workplace First Aid Kit

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Of course, you cannot predict when an accident will happen, but you can certainly be prepared for one and ensure you have everything you need to help in an emergency situation such as a First Aid Kit.

One of the key aspects of preparing for an accident is to have a first aid kit – they come in all different sizes to suit the needs of any workplace. 

Workplaces are usually split into two classifications – Low risk businesses would be offices, shops and libraries and high risk businesses are assembly work, warehousing, engineering, construction and manufacturing. The high risk businesses will require more first aid kits per ratio of staff by law. 

They will all include the essential items required for a quick and easy treatment of a patient for minor injuries. They can be pre-bought or individually assembled, however they must always comply with the identification mark, which is a white cross on a green background.

Standard items and Equipment:

  • Gloves
  • Face shield
  • Plasters
  • Wound dressing
  • Eye pad
  • Finger dressing
  • Burn dressing
  • Triangular bandage 
  • Conforming bandage
  • Wipes
  • Safety pins
  • Adhesive tape
  • Foil blanket
  • Eyewash 
  • Scissors

Key things to consider are: 

  • Does everyone in the workplace know where it is? Is it part of your induction process to show new starts and educate them on the health and safety procedures of the business. 
  • Make sure staff understand what all the contents are for and how to use them.
  • It is super important to have key members of staff regularly attend a first aid at work course. Our latest L3 First Aid at Work Course is on 15-17 April in Birmingham. Email or call 0121 200 3086 to book.
  • Keep a regular check of what has been used, any use by dates and replenish, as and when needed.
  • Make sure, not to place the kit in a humid place where it could get damp.
  • Ensure all first aid staff are competent in administering medications.
  • You can call the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advicebut it’s not a life-threatening situation, only call 999 in a truly life-threatening situation where you require an ambulance.

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