What you need in your first-aid kit depends on what kind of emergencies you are likely to come across. Your first-aid kit will need more equipment if you are dealing with small children. Are there specific hazards you may need to deal with? Contact our team if you have any doubts or questions.
What should be in a basic first-aid kit?
A basic first-aid kit should contain the following:
Plasters – Have a variety of individually wrapped sterile plasters. You will need different sizes depending on the size of the injury. There are plasters available decorated with cartoon characters. These are great for children.
Sterile eye pads – Eye injuries can be very serious. Make sure that you have sterile eye pads available for immediate use before taking your patient to a qualified medical professional.
Individually wrapped triangular bandages – Any injury to an arm or wrist should be treated by supporting with a triangular bandage. This will take the weight away from the area, reduce pain & will avoid further injury.
Safety pins – Safety pins are used to secure many types of dressings. The covered head of the pin means that they are safe to use for children.
Wound dressings – Your first-aid kit should contain several medium and large sterile and wrapped would dressings. To avoid any allergic reactions, always use the unmedicated wound dressings.
Disposable Gloves – Whenever you are treating someone, you should always wear disposable gloves. This eliminates any cross-contamination between yourself and your patient.
Where should I keep my first-aid kit?
So long as you can get quick access to your first-aid kit, you should decide on the best place to store it. Most homes and offices have their first-aid kits in kitchen areas – others may have dedicated “First Aid Rooms”. Make sure that everyone who may need access knows exactly where to find it.
We always advise having a first-aid kit in your car too. Accidents can happen when you are out and about so it is always handy to have one to hand.
What does the HSE say?
The HSE Guidelines state:
“You must make appropriate first-aid arrangements for your workplace. In doing so you should consider the circumstances of your workplace, workforce and the health and safety risks that may be present to help you decide what arrangements you need to put in place.
Some small low-risk workplaces need to have only a first-aid box and a person appointed to take charge of first-aid arrangements such as calling the emergency services and stocking the first-aid box. The appointed person does not need specific first-aid training” – this means that appointed person is not qualified to deliver any forms of First Aid.