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Should you have a first aid kit in your company vehicle?

by , 05 June 2013
Every day, we receive scores of questions from you, about your most pressing health and safety issues. This is just one of the benefits of being a subscriber to the Health and Safety Training Manual and the a member on the Health and Safety Club. You'll have your very own health and safety expert at your fingertips.

Since everyone can learn from the answers our health and safety expert, Nell Brown, provides, I've decided that this week, I'd share Johan's question about keeping first aid kits in company vehicles.

Let's find out exactly what Johan needs to know...

Johan wants to know if he must keep first aid kits in his company vehicles

Johan wrote in because his company has employees that drive company vehicles. He wants to know if all the vehicles must have first kits in them, whether employees use them occasionally or on a daily basis.

Take a look at what advice our Health and Safety Helpdesk expert had for Johan…

I know you're obliged to organise periodical training of employees, BUT

Aren't you tired of having to arrange and prepare the sessions, especially since you don't always have a ready-to-use format?

Are you always aware of what you're legally required to include when it comes to training?

Now, you can have tailor-made professional training for all your employees without the exorbitant costs!


The answer from our Health and Safety Helpdesk expert

You don't have to have first aid kits in all your company vehicles. You should base your decision to supply first aid kits in company vehicles on the risks you assess and not how often employees drive the vehicles.

For example, if you transport chemical substances or if you're transporting employees, drivers should do first aid training to enable them to use the first aid kit in case of an emergency or injury.

On the other hand, your company could decide to give each employee a travel first aid bag for their vehicles, but the motivation won't then be risk driven, but rather a management decision.

19 items you must have in your first aid kit

  1. Wound cleaner/antiseptic (100 ml)
  2. Swabs for cleaning wounds
  3. Cotton wool for padding (100 g)
  4. 4 roller bandages (100 mm x 5m)
  5. 1 roll of elastic adhesive (25 mm x 3 m)

Check out the Health and Safety Training Manual for the other 14 items you're legally required to have in your first aid box and get the ready-to-use training module for your first aiders. You'll also get four other modules you're legally required to train your employees on.

Until next time,

Stay safe.

Kerusha Narothan
Managing Editor: Health and Safety Training Manual

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