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First Aid Equipment

Printed From: Association of First Aiders
Category: First Aid FAQ
Forum Name: First Aid Provision in the Workplace
Forum Discription: FAQs relating to the workplace
Printed Date: 22 Oct 2018 at 6:59am
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Topic: First Aid Equipment
Posted By: Patrick Spry
Subject: First Aid Equipment
Date Posted: 24 May 2008 at 9:24am

What first aid equipment should be provided?

Once an assessment of first aid needs has been carried out, the findings can be used to decide what first aid equipment should be provided in the workplace. The minimum level of first aid equipment is a suitably stocked first aid box. The assessment may indicate that additional materials and equipment are required such as scissors, adhesive tape, disposable aprons and individually wrapped moist wipes. They may be put in the first aid container if there is room or stored separately.

There may be a need for items such as protective equipment where first aiders may have to enter dangerous atmospheres. This should be securely stored near the first aid box, in the first aid room or the hazard area, as appropriate. Access to the equipment should be restricted to those trained in its use.

If mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, at least one litre of sterile water or sterile normal saline (0.9%) in sealed, disposable containers should be provided. When the seal has been broken, the container should not be reused. The container should not be used beyond its expiry date.

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