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First Aid Kits



First Aid Kits

There is no mandatory list of contents for first aid boxes.  Deciding what to include should be based on the employer’s assessment of first aid needs, i.e. the first aid box needs to be appropriate for the number of persons and injuries that may occur in your work place.  Equivalent but different items will be considered acceptable.  Any items in the first aid box that have passed their expiry date should be disposed of safely.  In general, tablets and medication should not be kept in the first aid box.

Although there is no specified review timetable many items, particularly sterile ones, are marked with ‘best before dates’.  Such items should be replaced by the dates given.  In cases where sterile items have no dates, it would be advisable to check with the manufacturers to find out how long they can be kept.  For non-sterile items without dates, it is a matter of judgement, based on whether they are fit for purpose.

We hold a variety of first aid kits that can be sent to you immediately on request.  Please contact a member of our team to discuss the kit that would be most suitable for your premises.