What Should be in Your First Aid Box?

It is essential to know what should be included in your first aid box, as the contents will help to assist medical procedures in your workplace. If your workplace fails to supply an efficient first aid box, the UK Health and Safety Executive will investigate the matter as this constitutes a lack of compliance with UK health and safety law.

What Should be in Your First Aid Box?

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Posted by: Morgan Rennie Published: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 Last Reviewed: Tue, 12 Nov 2019
What Should be in Your First Aid Box?

The contents of your first aid box is very important as it's central to your medical procedures in the workplace and helps to ensure everyone in the surrounding environment remains safe. It is important to know what should be included in your kit, where it should be located and how it can be maintained. If your organisation fails to provide a well-equipped first aid box in the workplace, employees could be subject to further injury and illness. Therefore, it is important to circulate knowledge of how to appropriately use and maintain a first aid box in the workplace.

The UK Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 makes it a legal requirement for employers to provide adequate equipment, facilities and personnel to conduct first aid in the workplace. Therefore, it is essential to know what should be included in your first aid kit.

Low-Risk Workplace First Aid Kit:

  • Plasters
  • Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
  • Sterile eye dressings
  • Triangular bandages
  • Safety Pins
  • Disposable sterile gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Burn dressings
  • Thermometer
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Painkillers
What Should be in Your First Aid Box?

High-Risk Workplace First Aid Kit:

  • Burn gel dressing
  • Hydrogel dressings
  • Burn treatment sachets
  • Moist wipes
  • Disposable gloves
  • Foil blanket
  • Bandage rolls
  • Sterile dressings
  • Sterile eye pads
  • Eye baths
  • Triangular bandages
  • Safety pins

A first aid room in the workplace could include:

  • First aid couch
  • Privacy screen
  • Dressing trolley
  • Defibrillator: It isn't a UK legal requirement to have a defibrillator on site, but defibrillators can be useful and help to save lives.

Ideally, your first aid kit should be located in an area which is easily accessible, visible and has a sign attached to highlight the first aid kit. It is important to maintain an effective first aid kit. The expiration dates can expire on certain antiseptic creams and painkillers; it is important to review the contents of the first aid box regularly to ensure it is up to date.

It is important to designate the responsibility of maintaining the first aid kit to an individual in the workplace, so that it remains a health and safety priority. The designated employee renewing the first aid kit should be trained in first aid, and therefore will know how to use the contents of the kit effectively.

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for enforcing and investigating the health and safety standards of UK organisations, and this includes checking that a first aid box is present and maintained. To remain compliant with UK health and safety legislation in the workplace, and to avoid prosecution from the UK HSE, knowledge of how to maintain and use first aid kits is essential.

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