The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 states that all employers should provide the correct equipment, allied to at least one fully trained first aider, to ensure any injury or ill staff at work receive help immediately. The minimum requirements will probably suffice for a small office-based business or retail area which constitute low-risk, but in a large company or area of higher risk, more safeguards need to be in place.
At the lower level of risk, every workplace needs a first aid box that is suitably stocked with items that may include a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid; wrapped sterile plasters and bandages; and disposable gloves. An appointed person must take charge of first aid arrangements, to include the provision of training for people who want (or need) to be first aiders and making sure the items above are in place and easy to find, as well as calling emergency services if needed.
The minimum first-aid provision on any work site is:
» A suitably stocked first-aid box.
» An appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements.
» Information for employees about first-aid arrangements.
First Aid kits
First aid kits are a legal requirement for every workplace. It must also be clearly marked in a green box with a white cross on it. Your staff should all be made aware of where their nearest first aid box is located; it should be easily accessible for people and the contents should be checked regularly to make sure all items are in stock and in date
Although the Health and Safety Executive does not issue a definite list for what your first aid box contains, it offers the following list as a guide to minimum provision in a low risk environment.
» A leaflet giving general advice on First Aid.
» 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters in assorted sizes. Hypoallergenic can be provided if necessary.
» Two sterile eye pads.
» Four individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile.
» Six safety pins.
» Two large, sterile, individually wrapped un-medicated wound dressings.
» Six medium sized, individually wrapped un-medicated wound dressings.
» A pair of disposable gloves.
It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. First aid provision needs to be available at all times when people are at work.
New British Standard for first aid kit manufacturers
There is a new ‘British Standard’ that the manufacturers of first aid kits have been granted. This means that when purchasing a first aid kit if it meets the ‘Standard’ you will see a mark from the British Standards Institute.
The Health & Safety Executive has made no changes to their legislation and guidance. They state that all first aid kits in the workplace should reflect the findings of the risk assessment that all employers are required to conduct, and this does not necessarily match the ‘British Standard first aid kits.
Safety Media have two First Aid courses in their ever-expanding library; these are First Aid in the workplace (Employees) and First Aid in the workplace (Managers). This course is designed not only to make employees appreciate the importance of First Aid at work, but also how to correctly respond to various incidents, accidents or injuries and take appropriate actions accordingly. Stay on top of your Health, Safety and compliance training with Safety Media.
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