They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, well I have just seen a post by ITV about a dog trained in first aid! I have posted it on our Facebook page, go check it out and while you’re there feel free to ‘like’ our page!

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That got me thinking…

Are we ever too old to learn new things? Do we ever tire of learning new ways of doing things?

Every day is a learning day, I like to say!

Can you say a day has gone by when you have not learnt something new? It may not jump out and say, “I am today‚Äôs new thing you have learnt”, but I’m sure there will have been things every day, even if small!

So here is today’s bit of learning for you, in this blog.

What should a first-aid box in the workplace contain?

The environment will determine the contents of what should be in your First Aid box, for example, a First Aid box in a workplace that handles food and drink; blue plasters should be available. There should be a leaflet giving guidance on the contents, and each item in the box should be individually wrapped and in date.

A suggested list of contents you should find in a First Aid box includes:

– A sterile eye pads;
– Sterile individually wrapped triangular bandage;
– Safety pins;
– Large and medium-sized, sterile individually wrapped wound dressings;
– Disposable gloves; and
– Scissors.

Employers may wish to refer to ‘British Standard BS 8599’, which provides further information on the contents of workplace first-aid kits.

Whether using a first-aid kit complying with BS 8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of the First-Aid needs assessment.

It’s recommended that you don’t keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.

How often should the contents of first-aid boxes be replaced?

Although there is no specified review timetable, many items, particularly sterile ones, are marked with expiry dates. They should be replaced by the dates given and expired items should be disposed of immediately in a safe manner.

In cases where sterile items have no dates, it would be advisable to check with the manufacturers to find out how long they can be kept for. For non-sterile items without dates, it is a matter of judgement, based on whether they are fit for purpose.

I suggest you create a small sheet with a simple table format on it, which stays with the box or the First Aider, that states the contents in the box, dates the box was last reviewed and by who, and if anything needed replacing and what that was. This is the easiest way to stay up to date or for someone who is new or taken on the First Aid role from another to be confident in knowing what kit they have and if it’s in date should it ever be needed.

The last thing anyone would want is to be in an emergency situation and go to use something in the kit only to find it’s either finished or out of date!

If you find yourself in a situation where someone needs assistance, and there is no First Aider around, call 999/112 and provide as much information as possible and wait at the scene, if safe to do so, until the emergency services arrive.

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