Workplace First Aid kit – What should the contents be

Many employers are non compliant with the current legislation governing First Aid Kit requirements on their worksites.

To assist you to become and stay compliant with your First Aid Kit requirements Margaret provides you with the current requirements so that you can check your kit and stocks.

Below is an extract from the current Code of Practice for First Aid in the Workplace, March 2015 to assist you to comply with your obligations related to First Aid Kit supply and stocks required.

For most workplaces, a first aid kit should include the following items:
Item                                                                                                            Kit contents / quantity
Instructions for providing first aid –  (CPR) flow chart                                                   1
Note book and pen                                                                                                                   1
Resuscitation face mask or face shield                                                                                 1
Disposable nitrile examination gloves                                                                                 5 pairs
Gauze pieces 7.5 x 7.5 cm, sterile (3 per pack)                                                                   5 packs
Saline (15 ml)                                                                                                                            8
Wound cleaning wipe (single 1% Cetrimide BP)                                                               10
Adhesive dressing strips – plastic or fabric (packet of 50)                                              1
Splinter probes (single use, disposable)                                                                              10
Tweezers/forceps                                                                                                                      1
Antiseptic liquid/spray (50 ml)                                                                                             1
Non-adherent wound dressing/pad 5 x 5 cm (small)                                                        6
Non-adherent wound dressing/pad 7.5 x 10 cm (medium)                                             3
Non-adherent wound dressing/pad 10 x 10 cm (large)                                                    1
Conforming cotton bandage, 5 cm width                                                                             3
Conforming cotton bandage, 7.5 cm width                                                                          3
Crepe bandage 10 cm (for serious bleeding and pressure application)                         1
Scissors                                                                                                                                        1
Non-stretch, hypoallergenic adhesive tape – 2.5 cm wide roll                                        1
Safety pins (packet of 6)                                                                                                          1
BPC wound dressings No. 14, medium                                                                                 1
BPC wound dressings No. 15, large                                                                                       1
Dressing – Combine Pad 9 x 20 cm                                                                                      1
Plastic bags – clip seal                                                                                                               1
Triangular bandage (calico or cotton minimum width 90 cm)                                       2
Emergency rescue blanket (for shock or hypothermia)                                                    1
Eye pad (single use)                                                                                                                  4
Access to 20 mins of clean running water (if this is not available) hydro gel (3.5
gm sachets)                                                                                                                                 5
Instant ice pack (e.g. for treatment of soft tissue injuries and some stings)                 1

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