Equipment



 

 

 

Equipment

 

All workplaces are required by law to be equipped with a suitable number of first aid kits. These should be stocked and checked regularly. Guidelines for first aid kit contents are outlined by the British healthcare trade association (BHTA). The contents of first aid kits should be adjusted according to whether the area is a high or a low risk.

Guidelines to help an employer assess whether an area is a high or low risk

What risk is my area?

  • Low – offices, classrooms, shops

  • High- working with chemicals, working with machinery, sports areas, building sites, workshops


What size kit do I need?

  • Small kit <25 people

  • Medium kit 25-50

  • Large kit > 50 people


How many kits should I have?

It is recommended that a first aider should be able to access a first aid kit with in 60 seconds of the initial call for assistance.

Are there any specific factors associated to each of the areas?

Additional risk factors may include:

  • Disabled employees, students, visitors

  • Existing medical problems such as anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy

  • Lone/ remote workers/areas

  • Members of the public, public access to property

  • Multiple floors/buildings

  • Number of first aiders available

  • Number of vehicles used as part of employees work

  • Proximity to medical services

  • Proximity to chemicals/hazardous substances

  • Children/infants


Kit contents recommendations
 

  • Bandages- a range of sizes

  • Small medium and large dressings

  • Cleansing wipes

  • Range of plasters (blue plasters for catering areas)

  • Viynal gloves (hypo-allergenic)

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Safety pins

  • Sling

  • Resuscitation mask

  • Eye bandage

  • Eye wash ampoules

  • Fist aid leaflet