First aid kits are a must-have in every workplace, but how do you determine what the first aid kit should contain?
What you need in your first aid kit
What you need in a first aid kit will depend on the type of environment you’re working in and the type of work you’re doing. Consider the types of injuries that could occur at work. Could a person at work sustain a burn from hot equipment? Or an eye injury from flying debris?
In workplaces like transport and warehousing, there may be strains and sprains from moving large objects which would require the application of cold packs for pain relief. Cuts and abrasions from unpacking equipment might also require different types of adhesive bandages to treat.
In the construction industry, there are different risks that can change on a daily basis. One day a concrete pour might occur, the next day work might involve fitting panels and fascia trim. Each activity presents different potential injuries so each activity should undergo a risk assessment to determine the injuries that could occur and the first aid treatments required for those injuries.
What should be included in First Aid Kits is detailed in the Safe Work Australia website’s code of practice.
To help you fit out your kit, we have put together this First Aid Kit Checklist for you.
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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