First aid kits Requirements
All workers must be able to access a first aid kit. This will require at least one first aid kit to
be provided at their workplace.
The first aid kit should provide basic equipment for administering first aid for injuries
− cuts, scratches, punctures, grazes and splinters
− muscular sprains and strains
− minor burns
− amputations and/or major bleeding wounds
− broken bones
− eye injuries, and
The contents of first aid kits should be based on a risk assessment. For example, there may
be higher risk of eye injuries and a need for more eye pads in a workplace in which work
involves machinery or chemicals. For example, where:
− chemical liquids or powders are handled in open containers
− spraying, hosing or abrasive blasting operations are carried out
− there is a possibility of flying particles causing eye injuries
− there is a risk of splashing or spraying of infectious materials, or
− welding, cutting or machining operations are carried out.
Extra equipment may be needed in remote workplaces, for example for serious burns,
breathing difficulties or allergic reactions.
The recommended contents of a typical first aid kit and information on extra equipment is
provided in Appendix E.
Design of kits
First aid kits can be any size, shape or type to suit your workplace, but each kit should:
− be large enough to contain the necessary items
− be immediately identifiable with a white cross on green background prominently
displayed on the outside
− contain a list of the contents for that kit, and
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− be made of material that will protect the contents from dust, moisture and
Use the following table to determine the number of First Aid Kits you might need.