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Stop theft from your first aid boxes with one of these three measures

by , 30 September 2015
Under the General Safety Regulations 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4, you MUST have a first aid box if you employ five or more employees.

But while the law lays down the minimum requirement, you still can, and should, have a fully-equipped box if you have less than five employees.

The aim of first aid boxes is to provide a quick response to any injures in the workplace.

But even though the intentions around first aid boxes is clear, you can very possibly have those abuse its resources.

A common problem with first aid boxes is theft of its contents. And at the end of the day, having to re-stock what was never actually used on-site for what it was intended to address, it will cost you unnecessary money.

So, having said that, follow one of these three measures in preventing and theft of first aid boxes in the workplace:


Do you employ five or more employees?

If your company employs five or more employees, it must meet the minimum first aid requirements.

Comply now!

Lock the first aid box and have a break-glass box next to it with a key inside. This will try to ensure that the first aid box is only opened when deemed necessary.


Place a first aider in charge who takes possession of the key. She will then, within reason, take responsibility for it and its contents.

She must be required to document and record all contents that leave the first aid box. This can be done in a register.


Ensure that you have two first aiders are on duty in case one is not in on any given day. Issue both of them with keys for the first aid box/es.

Both these first aiders will hold the same privileges and responsibilities as stated in Measure#2.

So, there were three measures you can follow in preventing theft from first aid boxes in the workplace.
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