What should I have in a First Aid Kit?
A concern which is shared by all business owners is the safety of their employees. Whilst they are carrying out work which is a part of their job role, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that their staff are safe and that any injuries which do occur, however unlikely these may be, are dealt with properly. One aspect of this safety is the regular training of a select number of staff with the current ‘Health and Safety at Work’ practices. It is fundamental that those qualified to perform first aid can do so effectively and every business should, therefore, have the appropriate first aid equipment available on site at all times.
It's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries.
Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.
Many people also keep a small first aid kit in their car for emergencies.
There are no specific recommendations for a home first aid kit. We’ve put together a list of common items that you could possibly need.
- Antiseptic wipes or spray for cleaning cuts and grazes.
- Gauze squares to clean wounds.
- Non-sticky dressings, such as Melolin, for covering wounds.
- Waterproof adhesive plasters of various sizes (individually wrapped).
- A selection of individually wrapped wound dressings.
- Adhesive strips to close small cuts.
- A triangular bandage for making a sling.
- Crepe bandages for supporting a sprain.
- Surgical tape, such as Micropore, for holding a dressing in place.
- Scissors for cutting tape, plasters and bandages.
- Safety pins for securing bandages.
- Tweezers for removing objects, such as splinters.
- Digital thermometer for checking body temperature.
- Disposable gloves.
- Resuscitation face shield.
- Eyewash solution and sterile eye pads.
- A foil blanket for keeping someone warm.
- A first aid manual.
- A selection of medicines.
It may also be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit.
Keep your first aid items in a waterproof container. Make sure it's large enough so you can arrange the contents in such a way that you can find what you need quickly. A plastic container with a close-fitting lid or a resealable plastic bag is ideal.
Label the first aid box so you can recognise it easily. The standard labelling for a first aid kit is a white cross on a green background.