First Aid Kits – Queensland First Aid Kits

First Aid in the Workplace - Code of Practice 2014

EXAMPLE OF CONTENTS FOR A FIRST AID KIT

For most workplaces, a first aid kit should include the following items:

A first aid kit for a workplace where the risk of injury or illness is low should include at least the following:

Queensland First Aid Kits 

• instructions for providing first aid – including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) flow chart
• adhesive strips (assorted sizes) for minor wound dressing
• splinter probes (single use, disposable)
• non-allergenic adhesive tape for securing dressings and strapping
• eye pads for emergency eye cover
• triangular bandage for slings, support and/or padding
• hospital crepe or conforming bandage to hold dressings in place
• wound/combine dressings to control bleeding and for covering wounds
• non-adhesive dressings for wound dressing
• safety pins to secure bandages and slings
• scissors for cutting dressings or clothing
• kidney dish for holding dressings and instruments
• small dressings’ bowl for holding liquids
• gauze squares for cleaning wounds
• forceps/tweezers for removing foreign bodies
• disposable nitrile, latex or vinyl gloves for infection control
• sharps disposal container for infection control and disposal purposes
• sterile saline solution or sterile water for emergency eye wash or for irrigating eye wounds. This saline solution must be discarded after opening
• resuscitation mask to be used by qualified personnel for resuscitation purposes
• antiseptic solution for cleaning wounds and skin
• plastic bags for waste disposal
• note pad and pen/pencil for recording the injured or ill person’s condition and treatment given
• re-usable ice-pack for the management of strains, sprains and bruises.

Medications

Medication, including analgesics such as paracetamol and aspirin, should not be included in first aid kits because of their potential to cause adverse health effects in some people including asthmatics, pregnant women and people with medical conditions. The supply of these medications may also be controlled by drugs and poisons laws. Workers requiring prescribed and over-the- counter medications should carry their own medication for their personal use as necessary.

Some types of workplaces may require additional items to treat specific types of injuries or illnesses.

Outdoor Work

If work is performed outside and there is a risk of insect or plant stings or snake bites, assess whether the following items should also be included in the first aid kit:
• a heavy duty crepe bandage
• sting relief cream, gel or spray.

Remote Work

Where people work in remote locations, a first aid kit should include:
• heavy smooth crepe roller bandages, 10cm wide and sufficient quantity to bandage lower limbs to immobilize limb after a snakebite
• splint to immobilize limb after a snake bite or fractures
• hydrogel burn dressings if there is no cool water supply
• large clean sheeting (for covering burns)
• thermal/emergency blanket for the management of shock and to assist portability of a patient
• first aid manual or book
• whistle (for attracting attention)
• torch and/or flashlight for use at night and for attracting attention.
• note pad and pen/pencil for recording the injured or ill person’s condition, and treatment given. The appropriate contents will vary according to the nature of the work and its associated risks.

Burn Injuries

If your workers are at risk of receiving burns, you should include the following items:

• burn treatment instructions on two water-proof instruction cards: one for the first aid kit and the other to be located on the wall next to the emergency shower or water supply
• hydro gel (8 × 3.5 gram sachets)
• hydro gel dressings
• clean polythene sheets (small, medium and large)
• 7.5cm cotton conforming bandage.

Extract taken from the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Code of Practice 2014
Appendix C - Examples of content for a First Aid Kit

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