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FIRST AID ARRANGEMENTS

FIRST AID EQUIPMENT

FIRST AID BOXES

First aid boxes should be located in areas that are not locked e.g. kitchens so that anyone i.e. staff and visitors in the building have access to it at all times. Departments must have arrangements in place to ensure first aid boxes are periodically checked and stocked and that the contents are maintained in date.

A contents checklist can be kept in the box or displayed on the wall beside the box.

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MINIMUM CONTENTS OF THE FIRST AID BOX

  • guidance leaflet e.g. HSE leaflet "Basic advice on first aid at work"

  • list of contents and the name, location and telephone number of the first aiders and/or appointed persons

  • 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (you can provide hypoallergenic plasters, if necessary)

  • two sterile eye pads

  • four individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile

  • six safety pins

  • two large, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings

  • six medium-sized, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings

  • a pair of disposable gloves (see HSE’s free leaflet: Latex Allergies)
  • DO NOT keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box

CONTENTS OF THE FIRST AID BOX FOR FIELDWORK

  • sufficient supplies for the number of participants involved in the fieldwork
  • items necessary for the treatment of injuries specific to the location, particularly if it is remote
  • it may also be appropriate to carry medicines for emergency use
  • information relating to pre-existing conditions that participants may have

Emergency Medical Kit

Where the standard of health care in the country to be visited is in doubt, sufficient Sterile Medical Packs containing needles, sutures and syringes, for use by medical professionals, should be carried in the first aid kit. Advice can be obtained from the Occupational Health Service, ext. 32802.

AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS (AED)

defibrillator sign  

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stipulated that all first aid training providers should include automated external defibrillator (AED) training on first aid at work courses.

This means that:

  • new first aiders will be trained in how to use an AED
  • existing first aiders don't have to re-train – they will update their skills when they requalify

This does not mean that employers must provide AEDs. Provision will continue to be based on their needs assessment.

Examples of risk based provision include:

  • where research participants  are selected because they have a history or a vulnerability to heart attack
  • the workplace is some distance from an A&E department

 

USEFUL LINKS

UCL Guidance

Medical (including mental health) emergencies at work

The Law

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

 


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