A first aid kit is a collection of equipment and supplies for use in administering first aid. The contents of first aid kits can vary greatly depending on its purpose and government legislation within the region. There are no hard and fast rules for the type of container that should be used for first aid kits, however it is recommended that the container be waterproof, clean and have the ability to keep the contents safe and aseptic.
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Not sure what you need to do when it comes office first aid? Then why not take a look at our handy blog article An Employers Guide to Office First Aid Responsibility. Alternatively the Office Allsorts team are always happy to help and can be reached on 0115 9455833.
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has set a standard for the appearance of first aid kits being green with a white cross. This makes them easily identifiable to anyone requiring or administering first aid.
Typically a basic first aid kit should contain plasters or adhesive bandages, regular strength pain medication such as Paracetamol, gauze and low grade disinfectant. Other common items are eye wash and eye pads, moist wipes, disposable gloves and safety pins. There are no set guidelines as to what should be included in your office first aid kit. Deciding what to include should be based on an employer's assessment of first-aid needs. For further help and advice in this area then a visit to the HSE - First Aid at Work website is a must.
What should a workplace first aid kit include…….
As mentioned above the contents of a workplace first aid kit should be influenced by a first-aid assessment. As a guide, in environments where there is as a low hazard risk, a kit could include;
First Aid Advice Leaflet - A leaflet giving general advice and guidance on basic first aid such as the ‘HSE –Advice on first aid at work’ which can be downloaded here.
Plasters - Wrapped individually sterile plasters that are suited to the type of working environment they will be used in.
Eye Pads - Sterile eye pads and bandages and possibly also bottled saline eye wash.
Bandages - Individually wrapped sterile bandages, ideally triangular, and safety pins.
Dressings - Again individually wrapped and sterile wound dressings. These should be un-medicated and provided in a range of sizes to cater for all possible injuries.
Gloves - Disposable gloves in a range of sizes.
Other suggestions - The above items cover the key areas needed, however other first aid products to consider may be; Scissors for cutting bandages and plasters to size, first aid tape, emergency foil blanket and hand sanitiser.
Your first aid kit should be reviewed periodically to ensure all the contents are present and all items with expiry dates are in date.