How to Choose Your First Aid Kit
1. MAKE YOUR ASSESSMENT - FIRST AID & THE LAW (ACOP L74 ) - UK (Approved Code of Practice)
Extracts taken from - APPROVED CODE OF PRACTICE AND GUIDANCE covering The Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.
ACOP 3(4) “An employer should make an assessment of first-aid needs appropriate to the circumstances of each workplace.”
ACOP 3(1) “An employer shall provide, or ensure that there are provided, such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first-aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.”
2. ONCE YOU HAVE MADE YOUR ASSESSMENT
Choose your kit from the HSE Compliant first aid range. Choose the appropriate kit for the number of employees you have:
• 1-10 person • 1-20 person • 1-50 person •Burns Kit • Body Fluid Kit.
3. DO YOU REQUIRE FIRST AID FOR PERSONNEL WORKING OFF SITE?
ACOP 3(20) (extract from the Health & Safety regulations 1981)
“Employers are responsible for meeting the first-aid needs of their employees working away from the main site, for example those who travel regularly or who work elsewhere. The assessment should determine whether those who travel long distances or are continuously mobile should carry a personal first-aid kit. Organisations with employees who work in remote areas should consider making special arrangements such as issuing personal communicators, providing special training and organising emergency transport facilities. Where employees work alone, other means of summoning help such as a portable telephone may be useful to call for assistance in an emergency.”
Select from our HSE Vehicle First Aid Kits.
4. DO YOU REQUIRE EYEWASH?
ACOP 3(36) (extract from the Health & Safety regulations 1981)
“Where mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, at least 1 litre of sterile water or sterile normal saline (0.9%) in sealed, disposable containers should be provided. Once the seal has been broken, the containers should not be kept for re-use. The container should not be used after the expiry date.”
Select from our Eyecare Product Range.
5. DO YOU REQUIRE HSE FIRST AID TRAINING?
The table below will help you determine how many first aid trained employees you require in your business.
You can book our HSE courses online.
IMPORTANT: Duty of Care
With the recent HSE court cases against employers who breach the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 receiving large fines it is essential to assess your first aid requirements including first aid training and maintain them.
The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007
The Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 is a new offence and a landmark in law which came into force on 6 April 2008. For the first time companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures, which results in a gross breach of duty of care. This clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies and organisations in the U.K. where serious failures in the management of Health and Safety has resulted in a fatality. Prosecutions will be of the corporate body and not individuals, however the liability of board members and directors is unaffected under Health and Safety law.
All kits with the following logos are HSE compliant: