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First Aid

First Aid Boxes

First aid boxes, identified by a white cross on a green background, will be provided within the workplace to ensure there are adequate supplies for the nature of the hazards involved. Consideration should be given to the recommended minimum provision provided by the Health and Safety Executive.

Only specified first aid supplies will be kept. No creams, lotions or drugs, however seemingly mild, will be kept in these boxes. Saline or water sachets may be included to irrigate wounds.

The location of first aid boxes and the name of the person responsible for their upkeep will be clearly indicated on notice boards throughout the workplace.

First aid boxes will display the following information:-

  • the name of the person responsible for their upkeep
  • the nearest location for further supplies
  • the contents of the first aid box and replenishing arrangements
  • the location of the accident book

First aid boxes are maintained and restocked when necessary by authorised school personnel. Used items should be replaced promptly. School/setting personnel will be made aware of the procedure for re-ordering supplies.

First aid box contents

As a guide the minimum contents of a first aid box should contain:

  • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example HSE leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work)
  • 20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive hypoallergenic dressings (assorted plasters) appropriate to the type of work (dressing may be coloured blue for food handling)
  • 2 sterile eye pads
  • 4 individually wrapped triangular bandages (preferably sterile)
  • 6 medium individually wrapped sterile un-medicated wound dressings (approximately 12cm x 12cm)
  • 2 large wrapped sterile un-medicated wound dressings (approximately 18cm x 18cm)
  • 1 pair of disposable latex non-powdered gloves.
  • gauze squares

As a guide the minimum contents of a travelling first aid kit should contain:

  • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example HSE leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work);
  • 6 individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (assorted plasters);
  • 2 triangular bandages;
  • 1 large wrapped sterile un-medicated wound dressing (approximately 18cm x 18cm)
  • 1 pair of disposable latex non-powdered gloves.
  • Gauze squares.
  • Individually wrapped non-alcoholic moist cleansing wipes