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First aid at work
How much first aid provision an employer has to make depends on the circumstances in each workplace. This section provides information and advice on meeting your first aid requirements.
The Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981) imposes a duty on all employers, and the self employed, to provide First Aid facilities for their employees who become ill or are injured while at work.
You must provide:
A First Aid box or cupboard suitably marked, capable of keeping the contents clean and dry. There is no standard list of items to put in a first aid box, it depends on what you assess the needs are.
However, as a guide, and where there is no special risk in the workplace, a minimum stock of first aid would be:
- A leaflet giving general guidance on first aid e.g. IHS leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work;
- 20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (assorted sizes);
- two sterile eye pads;
- four individually wrapped triangular bandages (preferable sterile);
- six safety pins
- six medium sized (approximately 18 cm x 12 cm) individually wrapped sterile unmediated wound dressings;
- two large (approximately) 18 cm x 18 cm) sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
- one pair of disposable gloves.
You should not keep tablets or medicines in the first aid box.
The above is a suggested contents list only; equivalent but different items will be considered acceptable.
The Health & Safety Executive publish an "Approved Code of Practice" to the regulations, ISBN 0717610500, which is available from bookshops or from Health and Safety Executive books