Bandage or band aid? What's needed in a first aid kit [plus infographic]

Bandage or band aid? What's needed in a first aid kit [plus infographic]

Posted on Sep 30, 2015
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What should I keep in my first aid kit at work?

 

 

When it comes to stocking your first aid kit, it can become quite confusing. What does and doesn't actually need to be in there?

 

There's no mandatory list of items to put in a first aid kit – it depends what you assess your needs to be. You will also need to consider the amount of people in your organisation – the more people you have, the more stock you will need. Well, fear not, here at flick, we have the answers (see it's not only smarties that have them). Grab your notebook and pen - or better still, grab your first aid box and check off the contents in it - noting down any missing items to add to your shopping list.

 

As a guide, the list we've put together is based on a company where work activities are low level hazards employing between 1-10 people (think offices and retail facilities for example).

 

 

 

 

1 X GUIDANCE LEAFLET

a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (e.g. HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work).

3 X PAIRS DISPOSABLE GLOVES

sterile disposable gloves – preferably latex-free in case of allergic reaction.

6 X MOIST WIPES

individually wrapped and sterile.

4 X BANDAGES

individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile.

4 X MEDIUM DRESSINGS

medium, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings.

4 X LARGE DRESSINGS

large, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings.

6 X SAFETY PINS

sterile safety pins, either medium or large in size.

1 X ROLL CLING FILM

for first aid use only. to be kept clean and dry.

20 X PLASTERS

individually wrapped sterile plasters in assorted sizes, appropriate to the type of work (always wear blue plasters if you handle food for example).

2 X STERILE EYE PADS

individually wrapped sterile eye pads, sealed.

 

#flicktip: it is recommended that you don’t keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.

 

How often should the contents of my first aid kit 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.

 

Tweet us @flicklearning and send us a picture of your first aid kit all stocked up - we'd love to see it!

 

#flickfact

Did you know that the term "Heimlich Manoeuvre" is a registered service mark of The Heimlich Institute and is now no longer being called the "Heimlich manoeuvre" by companies such as St. John's Ambulance as this would then mean royalties would need to be paid.

Do you know what it's called now? Take our 1 question quiz below to find out!

 

 

 

If you're running your own business but you're not sure what your health and safety obligations are, then why not try flick's health and safety course for managers for a step-by-step guide to what you should and shouldn't be doing!

 

 

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