Advice on the provision of first aid kits at work, provided by the British Safety Council’s Information Service.

Are there any mandatory or recommended contents for a first-aid box that is provided at work?

Under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, all employers must provide ‘adequate and appropriate’ equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure that all their employees can receive immediate attention and help if they are taken ill or injured at work.

A decision about what is ‘adequate and appropriate’ first aid equipment, facilities and personnel will depend on the circumstances of each individual workplace. As a result, employers must carry out an assessment of their first aid needs, taking into account factors such as the nature of the work and the hazards; the nature and size of the workforce; and the remoteness of their site from emergency medical services.

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