You have a choice when it comes to first aid kits. There are a number of them out there for sale. But which one is the right one for you?
Your first aid needs assessment will determine what size you need and this will then dictate what the contents are.
You can go over the top and purchase a kit that meets to the new BSI standards. Or you can go for the minimum.
The minimum anyone should work to is the following advised by the http://www.HSE.gov.uk website:
What should a first-aid box in the workplace contain?
There is no mandatory list of contents for first-aid boxes and HSE does not ‘approve’ or endorse particular products. Deciding what to include should be based on an employer’s assessment of first-aid needs. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:
- a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid, eg HSE’s leaflet: Basic advice on first aid at work;
- 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (you can provide hypoallergenic plasters, if necessary);
- two sterile eye pads;
- four individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
- six safety pins;
- two large, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings;
- six medium-sized, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings;
- a pair of disposable gloves, see HSE’s free leaflet: Latex and you .
This is only a suggested contents list.
It is recommended that you don’t keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.
More advice is given in HSE’s free leaflet: First aid at work: your questions answered.
Remember that where children are there should always be a first aid kit available and staff trained to use it. If out in a car or out for a walk if you look after children you should have a first aid kit (and water if possible) with you.
Check out the HSE website http://www.hse.gov.uk and search for first aid box.
Also a new web store will be available soon selling the contents at reduced prices. watch this space for it.