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Do you have these 18 items in your office first aid kit?

by , 07 February 2013
'If your company employs five or more employees, it must meet the minimum first aid requirements,' warns Richard Swift in the Health and Safety Advisor. Having one first aid kit in your office could mean the difference between a minor injury and a costly disabling injury or even death. Here are the 18 items your office's first aid box must contain to ensure you're complying with health and safety standards.

'It's one of life's oddities – everybody knows the importance of having a well-stocked first aid kit, but even though we know it, many of us still neglect our first aid boxes, only to remember we used the last plaster or sterile dressing when we are stood over the near-empty box dripping blood on the carpet,' writes the Health and Safety Executive website.
 
This is especially true of office first aid kits, which fall under the care of your company's health and safety representative. 
 
To protect your company from a costly health and safety lawsuit, your HSE Rep must check your company's first aid kits at least once a month to ensure they're always adequately stocked and ready for you in an emergency. 
 
To do that, you're HSE rep needs to know what your first aid kit must contain.
 
Make sure your office first aid box contains the following 18 items
 
 Item  Quantity
 Wound cleaner / antiseptic  100ml
 Swabs for cleaning wounds How many?  1 packet
 Cotton wool for padding  100g
 Sterile gauze  Minimum of 10
 Forceps to remove splinters  1 pair
 100mm scissors  1 pair
 Safety pins  1 set
 Triangular bandages  2
 Roller bandages (75mm x 5m)  2 
 Roller bandages (100mm x 5m)  2
 Elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m)  1 roll
 Non-allergic adhesive strip (25mm x 3m)  1 roll
 Adhesive dressing strip  Minimum of 10 assorted sizes
 First aid dressing (75mm x 100mm)  2
 First aid dressing (150mm x 200mm)  2
 Straight splints  2
 Disposable gloves  1 pair of large and a 1 pair of medium gloves
 CPR mouthpiece  1
 
Make sure your company's first aid box contains these items and that at least one of your employees is trained in first aid to ensure you're complying with the general safety regulations stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 
 
Turn to your Health and Safety Training Manual to read all about your first aiders responsibilities.

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