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Get behind International Self-Care Day by ensuring your company's first aid box is properly stocked

by , 24 July 2013
Yesterday was International Self-Care Day. The day was aimed at promoting responsible self-care and self-medication. Responsible self care starts with taking basic steps to stay healthy. And the OHS Act couldn't agree more. That's why it's crucial you have first aid boxes available if your company employs five or more employees. Read on to find out what you should include in your company's first aid box.

International Self-Care Day, an initiative by the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa (SMASA). It took place on 24 July, because organisers believe the 'benefits of self-care must be felt 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or 24/7. After all, 80% of premature heart disease, stroke and diabetes CAN be prevented and managed through responsible self-care, says selfcare247.

In a workplace environment, the principles of self care must be the norm.

Together with health and safety requirements from the OHS Act, it's why you need to have a fully equipped first aid box that meets all the minimum requirements. This'll ensure there's a quick, prepared response to injuries.

Here's a list of what a first aid box in your office must contain

FSP Business says you must have the following 18 items in your first aid box:

  1. Wound cleaner/ Antiseptic (50ml)
  2. Swabs for cleaning wounds
  3. Cotton wool for padding (100)
  4. Sterile gauze (minimum quantity = 10)
  5. 1 pair of forceps (for splinters)
  6. 1 pair of scissors
  7. 1 set of safety pins
  8. 2 triangular bandages
  9. 2 roller bandages (75mm x 5m)
  10. 2 roller bandages (100mm x 5m)
  11. 1 roll elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m)
  12. 1 non-allergic adhesive strip (25mm x3m)
  13. 1 pocket adhesive strips (minimum quantity = 10 assorted sizes)
  14. 2 first aid dressings (75mm x 100mm)
  15. 2 first aid dressings (150 x 200mm)
  16. 2 straight splints
  17. 1 pair large and 1 pair medium disposable latex gloves
  18. 1 CPR mouthpiece or similar devices

One word of caution: Never issue pills or medicine such as cough mixture from the first aid box!

This is because the law requires you to be a registered clinic with the Department of Health before you're permitted to dispense medicine or pills, warns the Health and Safety Advisor.

Remember, you must clearly mark where you keep your first box in your office. It's also important to ensure the first aid box is ALWAYS stocked and ready to serve in an emergency. Having a fully equipped first aid box will ensure there's a response to injuries in your workplace.

Click here to get the one vital element MISSING FROM 88% of all first aid training!


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