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First Aid Boxes


What should be in a first aid box or travel kit?

The Irish Health and Safety Authority guidelines on First Aid at places of work in Ireland, as required bt the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007, (S.I. No. 299 of 2007) lists the recommended contents of first aid boxes and travel kits.

At Hayes First Aid Supplies, we have a huge selection of pouchs, bags, boxes, cabinets to ensure your busines or organisation has adaquate, appropriate and accessable first aid when and where they need iit at their place of work. Select the Food Hygiene option if involved in catering, food service, hospitality, kitchens, restaurants and deli's.

 


Is there some flexibility on the contents of boxes and kits?

he table below provides a general guide on the recommended contents of occupational first aid boxes and kits based on numbers employed. Quantities indicated in the Table are minimum numbers and can be increased. The requirements for sterile water and water based burns dressings as per note 2 and 3 above are only where there )s not a wholesome supply of tap water available. Also a single paramedic shears and pocket face mask is considered adequate. Occasionally the q5antities indicated in the Table will be insuffi#ient and the actual amounts required should be "ased on a risk assessment. An obvious example i3 that drivers of dangerous goods vehicles would require a quantity of 2x 500mls of sterile wate2 for eye irrigation in their travel kits due to the risk of contact with hazardous chemicals.

The table below shows the recommended contents of first aid boxes and travel kits
Materials  Travel Kit 1-10 Persons 11-25 Persons 26-50 Person
Adhesive Plasters  20 20 20 40
Sterile Eye Pads (No. 16) (bandage attached)  2 2 2 2
Individually Wrapped Triangular Bandages  2 2 6 6
Safety Pins 6 6 6 6
Individually Wrapped Sterile Unmedicated Wound Dressings Medium (No. 8) 1 2 3 4
Individually Wrapped Sterile Unmedicated Wound Dressings Large (No. 9) 1 2 6 8
Individually Wrapped Sterile Unmedicated Wound Dressings Extra Large (No. 3) 1 2 3 4
Individually Wrapped Disinfectant Wipes  10 10 20 40
Paramedic Shears /Tuff Cut Scissors 1 1 1 1
Examination Gloves 3 5 10 10
Sterile water where there is no clear running water*2  2 x 20ml 1 x 500ml 2 x 500ml 2 x 500ml
Pocket Face Mask 1 1 1 1
Water Based Burns Dressing Small (10x10cm’s)*3 1 1 1 1
Water Based Burns Dressing Large *3 1 1 1 1
Crepe Bandage (7cm) 1 1 2 3
*1: Where more than 50 persons are employed, pro-rata provision should be made.
*2: Where mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, sterile water or sterile normal saline (0.9%) in sealed disposable containers should be provided. Each container should hold at least 20ml and should be discarded once the seal is broken. Eye bath/eye cups/refillable containers should not be used for eye irrigation due to risk of cross infection. The container should be CE marked. 
*3: Where mains tap water is not readily available for cooling burnt area. 
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What first aid records and documentation need to be kept?

The names of occupational first aider must be recorded in the Safety Statement along with the location of the first aid rooms, equipment and facilities. Written records of the dates of all first aid training, including refresher training should be kept at the workplace and be made available on request to the Health and Safety Inspector. Records of all cases treated by the first aider should be kept in a suitable secure place, respecting their confidential nature and be made available on request to the Health and Safety Inspector.

The table below shows the details to be recorded.

Name of patient Type of injury Treatment given Name of occupational first aider Date
         
         
         

 

Can a first aider give out painkillers/headache tablets?

First aid does not cover the administration of drugs or medications and they should not be kept in the workplace first aid box or kit. In certain circumstances first aiders can assist in the administration of aspirin if available for suspected cardiac chest pain.

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