Considering Health & Safety at work is vital to ensure that staff, visitors and guests coming into your premises are as safe as they can be. As we all know though, unfortunately accidents can still happen and when they do it is important to be fully equipped to deal with them. There are many considerations to take into account to make sure that you have the best available equipment to help keep everyone safe.

First Aid Kits
It is vital to make sure you have a good first aid kit available to deal with any injuries in the workplace. Remember that depending on the size of your workplace you may need to have multiple first aid kits on site and in various locations so that they easily accessible for anyone who might need it. To make sure you comply with regulations visit the Health and Safety Executive Website for more information.

Our most popular First Aid Kit has the following contents:

Assorted Washproof Plasters
Burn Dressings (100mm x 100mm)
Clothing Cutters
Conforming Bandages (75mm x 4m)
Dressing (120mm x 120mm)
Dressing (180mm x 180mm)
Eye Pad Dressings
Finger Dressing
Foil Blanket
Gloves (Pair)
Guidance Leaflet
Microporous Tape (250mm x 5m)
Resuscitation Face Shield
Safety Pins
Sterile Wipes
Tamperseal Label
Triangular Bandages

If your employees are required to drive as part of their jobs we also recommend that they have a Motor Vehicle First Aid Kit in the car with them. Whilst, in most cases, it is not a legal requirement to carry a first aid kit in the car, it is strongly recommended. This car first aid kit is British Standard Compliant (BS 8599-2). It has been specifically developed by medical and industrial professionals, using accident and research statistics. As such, all of the included products have been chosen as they are easy to use and are meant to help you to cope with the needs of any road traffic patients before emergency services arrive.

First Aid Signs and First Aiders
As well as having first aid kits available it is important to make sure your staff know where your first aid kits are in case of emergencies. To make the location of the kits easily identifiable you should use First Aid Signs, these feature a large white cross on a green background. You can also get First Aiders Signs, these have additional spaces to write in the names of your current first aiders. Depending on the level of risk at your place of work you may need to have a specified first aider(s) trained. If this is the case then there are many recognised first aid courses around that your employees can take, for example the Red Cross First Aid Training Courses.

If accidents do happen within the workplace you can meet your health and safety and RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) obligations by using an Accident Reporting Book. They have plenty of space for making detailed accounts of any accidents and help to demonstrate compliance with regulations, as well as identifying areas for improvement. This also allows you to keep a record of the items from first aid kits that have been used so that you know what needs to be replenished to maintain a fully usable kit.

Ongoing Compliance
Remember that compliance with regulations is essential in order to maintain a safe working environment for you, your employees and any guests or visitors to your business premises. It is important to regularly review and update your workplace safety practices to ensure ongoing compliance and to help protect the health and safety of everyone in the event of workplace injuries or emergencies.