A HEALTHY FIRST AID KIT IS ESSENTIAL FOR WORKPLACE WELLBEING
POORLY stocked first aid kits are a common problem in workplaces across all industries and continually put employees at risk and mean large numbers of employers are breaking the law, according to a warning from workplace equipment provider Slingsby.
Under The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, employers must provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities and training so that anyone who has an accident at work can receive immediate help and treatment.
First aid kits should be appropriate to the number of employees and suitably stocked depending on specific hazards. All employers should have at least one trained first aider, although workplaces in high-risk industries and those with large numbers of employees will need considerably more.
Slingsby supplies 35, 000 products at low prices across all industries, including an extensive range of first aid related products, and has recently launched a range of innovative locking and ‘pilferproof’ first aid kits that are immediately proving to be a success.
Lee Wright, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Slingsby, says: “All employers must have first aid procedures in place and need to make employees aware of these. Signs should also highlight where first aid kits are stored and who is in charge of administering them.
“As part of these procedures, first aid kits also need to be regularly checked to ensure they are well stocked with items that are in date because they are often forgotten about until the time there’s an accident. First aid kits missing items, or that contain the wrong things completely, are a major problem across all industries and are something we regularly come across when customers ask for
our advice about their first aid requirements.”
Lee continues: “To help tackle the problem, we have recently launched a new range of locking first aid kits and a selection of first aid dispenser systems that feature an innovative design that enables lasters to be removed easily, one at a time, and applied with just one hand. These products are already proving popular and there’s no doubt they can have a positive impact in a huge range of workplaces.”
* First aid for up to 10/20/50 persons available in the premier dispenser. Full compliance including pull and easy apply pilferproof plasters.
Contents:Guidance leaflet. Eye pads. Triangular Bandages. Safety pins. Medium dressings. Large
dressings. Gloves. Wipes. Plasters. Pilferproof plasters. Accident book and pen. Tape. Scissors.
Resusciade. Aprons. Prices from £39 + VAT
** This lockable metal first aid cabinet is great for securely storing medical supplies, with three shelves. Supplied with two keys. H x W x D: 410 x 340 x 140mm. £25 + VAT with discounts available for multiple orders.