Suggested contents of a first aid box
There’s no easy answer to this question. The contents of a first aid box will depend on the environment the box is going to be used in. For example, a first aid box at home may contain different items to a first aid box required in a workplace.
Here’s our suggested contents of a first aid box. Remember you will need to carry out a risk assessment and may need to alter the contents of your first aid box.
When choosing a first aid box ensure you choose one which can be mounted easily on a wall / hard surface and one which has a durable hard cover to protect the medical equipment inside.
First aid box suggested contents
|First Aid Guidance Leaflet (up to date)
|Pairs of Gloves (Nitrile)
|‘Tuff Kut’ scissors / shears
|Microporous hypoallergenic tape
|CPR Face shield
|Triangular bandages (sterile)
|Large wound dressings (sterile)
|Medium wound dressings (sterile)
Looking after your first aid box
Your first aid box should be checked on a regular basis to ensure the contents are stocked, not damaged and in-date. All sterile items now come with an expiry date.
If the box is going to be used in the workplace then a member of staff should take responsibility for checking the first aid box on a regular basis.
Ensure the first aid box is located in an accessible place (not locked away!) with adequate signage.