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Do you put First Aid First in the workplace?

Catering supplies | 4 July 2022 | Jay Browne

So, why do I need first aid kits I hear you ask? “I won’t hurt myself”. “Why do I need to check or upgrade my first aid kit, I’ve not used it in 6 years”. Just some of the response we hear when discussing first aid.

Well, think again!

Did you know that it is a legal requirement to have a first aid container in the workplace? So what does my employer need to provide?

As stated in the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981:

Duty of employer to make provision for first-aid:

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

The minimum first-aid provision on any work site is:

  •  A suitably stocked first-aid kit
  • An appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements
  • Information for employees about first-aid arrangements

Whilst there is no exact specified number of kits or items which need to be provided for a specified amount of people, the kits need to be adequate for the number of employees. So always ensure you have the enough kits and enough stock.

It’s not only law, it’s the safety of you and everyone around you!

Did you also know that the contents of first aid kits expire? Bandages can deteriorate, wipes can lose their sterile qualities and plasters lose their stickiness. So it’s always worth checking dates and regularly ordering new items or new kits.

 

So what are some of the essential kits available from Bidfood?

 

First aid kits

  • 10 person kits (69859)
  • 20 person kits (69861)

Every year in the UK, thousands of people die or are seriously injured in incidents. Many deaths could be prevented if first aid was given before emergency services arrive*. So a first aid kit is an absolute must-have in any workplace.

Included in out kits are: Assorted blue detectable plasters, sterile eye pad and bandage, triangular bandage, safety pins, dressings, alcohol free wipes & nitrile gloves.

 

Burns kits (69868)

For workplaces that have the need, we can also provide burn first aid kits, these are a great for any sites that deal with cooking or hot equipment.

The kit includes:

  • Sterile dressings, gel burns sachets, vinyl gloves, bandages, scissors, safety pins and a first aid leaflet.
  • An essential product for any kitchen!

 

Eye wash stations (69867)

These are an effective and rapid treatment for injuries to the eyes. Often over-looked and under-used, but a must in any workplace.

 

Body spill kits (69866)

Whilst these don’t sounds like the most pleasant kit to stock, body spill kits provide an effective and quick response when dealing with bodily fluids, as they rapidly change the state from liquid to a solid, ensuring effective clearing and cleansing of the affected area.

The kit includes:

  • x2 single use application spill clean-up packs.

 

And don’t forget your plaster refills for your first aid kits, plasters are the most commonly used product and run out quick!

If you’re not sure what you should be ordering, why not get in touch with one of our Category Support Specialists who can provide invaluable support and guidance on all of your Catering Supplies products: www.bidfoodcateringsupplies.co.uk

So why not treat yourself and get your first aid kit sorted today!

 

References:
* www.nhs.uk/conditions/first-aid/
Legislation.gov.uk
Health & Safety Executive

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