First Aid Kits in the workplace are essential. We hope we won’t need them, but when we do it’s important to know that your business is well stocked with first aid kits that contain all the products and equipment you need.
So, how do you know which, of the many first aid kits is right for your business?
Your first step should be to check the first aid kit requirements of your local state or territory work health and safety authority, as well as Safe Work Australia. You can find links to relevant information here: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/first-aid
Most reputable First Aid Kits meet these guidelines, however it always pays to check.
Once you have reviewed this information, there are some other considerations to make for the most appropriate first aid kit.
- The type of work you do, and any associated hazards
Some work environments pose a greater risk of certain injuries or illnesses than others. For example, factories, construction sites and motor vehicle workshops have a greater risk of injury that would require immediate medical treatment than an office or library. These workplaces therefore require different First Aid Kits.
Consider the type of hazards in your organisation and potential injuries that might result from these. For example, a potential hazard in an office environment might be overextension causing muscular strain, or slips, trips, falls and cuts. In a warehouse or factory, there are additional risks like moving vehicles or large machinery that could cause serious injury. A laboratory or medical setting poses a risk for chemical spills or bio-hazards. Potential injuries resulting from these hazards would require different, and perhaps specialised First Aid products and equipment.
An important factor to think about is the response time for emergency services. If you are in a remote area, it is a good idea to have a more comprehensive First-Aid Kit on hand, as well as somebody trained in administering First Aid.
- The number of employees
This is an important consideration as you will need to make sure your supplies cater to the number of people on site. This includes any contractors, casual employees and volunteers. You should also consider making special provisions for any workers with a disability or known health concern.