What should be in a First Aid Kit?

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There is no mandatory list of contents for a first aid kit as the contents depend on an employer’s assessment of first-aid needs. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggest the following as a minimum for a low risk environment:

  • 20 individually wrapped¬† sterile plasters (assorted sizes)
  • Two sterile eye pads
  • Four individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile
  • Six safety pins
  • Two large, individually wrapped, sterile, unmediated wound dressings
  • Six medium-sized, individually wrapped, sterile, unmediated wound dressings
  • A pair of disposable gloves
  • A leaflet giving general guidance on First Aid procedures.

If you are a childminder or work in a childcare environment, such as a nursery, the requirements are slightly different.  The contents still depend on the assessment of first aid needs, but in addition to the above the following are be recommended:

  • Blunt ended scissors
  • Sterile eyewash
  • Micropore tape
  • Resuscitation shield
  • Conforming bandage
  • Crepe bandage
  • Non-adherent dressings.

Please contact us if you require any further guidance or would like to buy one of our first aid kits.

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