It is a legal requirement to have a first aid kit in the workplace. They are vital for providing immediate help to anyone who suffers an injury or illness at work. Alongside professional settings, keeping a first aid kit at home and in your vehicle is good practice.
What Should You Have In a First Aid Kit?
The contents of a first aid kit should be determined by a needs assessment, as different trades, industries, and activities have varying risks and requirements. As a minimum, first aid kits should include sterile plasters in assorted sizes, sterile eye pads, triangular bandages, safety pins, unmedicated wound dressings and disposable gloves.
All of these items should be individually wrapped for hygiene purposes. Scissors, tweezers, a thermometer, antiseptic cream, painkillers and antihistamines may come in handy too. Any first aid kit should also include a manual or instruction booklet.
How Often Should First Aid Supplies Be Replaced?
It is vital to replace items from a first aid kit as soon as possible after they are used. First aid items often come with expiry dates, particularly sterile items, which require regular checks to ensure they are still fit for purpose.
At Toolstation, we stock a range of HSE compliant first aid kits and first aid supplies such as eyewash stations and refills. Our quality selection of products includes first aid kits in different sizes to suit your workplace’s needs.