First Aid Kit Requirements

Discussion in 'First Aid Kits' started by Ernest Roper, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Ernest Roper

    Ernest Roper Administrator

    Dear Safety Experts,

    I have a sample of a first aid kit that was given to me by a supplier. I’m not by any means a safety expert, however my understanding is that in order to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the minim content requirement is as follows:

    Wound cleaner / antiseptic (100ml)
    Swabs for cleaning wounds
    Cotton wool for padding (100g)
    Sterile gauze (minimum quantity 10)
    1 pair of forceps (for splinters)
    1 pair of scissors (minimum size 100mm)
    1 set of safety pins
    4 triangular bandages
    4 roller bandages (75mm x 5m)
    4 roller bandages (100mm x 5m)
    1 roll of elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m)
    1 Non-allergenic adhesive strip (25mm x 3m)
    1 Packet of adhesive dressing strips (minimum quantity 10 assorted sizes)
    4 First aid dressing (75mm x 100mm)
    4 First aid dressings (150mm x 200mm)
    2 Straight splints
    2 Pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable latex gloves
    2 CPR mouth pieces or similar devices

    The kit that I was given definitely does not contain all of the above; my question is what are the ramifications thereof?

    Do these requirements only pertain to certain environments e.g. Building sites, factories etc?
    Is the onuses on the contractor/user to ensure that it meets the standards.
    Does this make the supplier an illegal operator?
    Is it policed and are their legal penalties for non compliance.

    I look forward to hearing from somebody.

    Regards
    Ern
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 9, 2009
  2. Martin Millar

    Martin Millar New Member

    First Aid Kits

    Hi Ernest,

    Yes, unfortunately the onus lies squarely on the shoulders of the person in whose legal possession the First Aid kit is in! i.e. if you have been given a First Aid kit, you are legally responsible for it!

    The list that you have referred to is the basic legal requirement for Factories (in your case building sites) in terms of Sec 3(2), 3(8) and 3(9) of the General Safety Regulations. This is what the legal boffins deem to be the legal requirements. HOWEVER, it does not prescribe as to what additional equipment you can add to this list. As long as that list (and the addendum to this list) is complete and on hand when Dept of Labour does there inspections, then you are deemed to be "in order!"

    Another big HOWEVER, DO NOT ADD ANY MEDICATIONS SUCH AS ANTIBIOTICS OR HEADACHE TABLETS THAT ARE IN REACH OF THE ORDINARY WORKER!

    The law requires that you must be a registered pharmacist in order to dispense medicine! So ordinary headache tablets that you and I have been taking all our lives, your first aider at work MAY NOT dispense these to staff at work UNLESS they are registered to do so!

    SO, get wise and start a small "kiosk" at work in which you sell a few sweets AND some headache tablets. You can purchase the heache tablets from MAKRO (or the shop on the corner!) and in that way you are not dispensing of any medication!

    If you are in any way still unsure, please contact me and I will do a FREE First Aid Audit for you.

    Regards,

    Martin Millar
    Managing Member
    MILLMEDcc

    (C) 079-037-4464
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  3. Martin Millar

    Martin Millar New Member

    First Aid Kits

    Hi Ernest,

    Yes, unfortunately the onus lies squarely on the shoulders of the person in whose legal possession the First Aid kit is in! i.e. if you have been given a First Aid kit, you are legally responsible for it!

    The list that you have referred to is the basic legal requirement for Factories (in your case building sites) in terms of Sec 3(2), 3(8) and 3(9) of the General Safety Regulations. This is what the legal boffins deem to be the legal requirements. HOWEVER, it does not prescribe as to what additional equipment you can add to this list. As long as that list (and the addendum to this list) is complete and on hand when Dept of Labour does there inspections, then you are deemed to be "in order!"

    Another big HOWEVER, DO NOT ADD ANY MEDICATIONS SUCH AS ANTIBIOTICS OR HEADACHE TABLETS THAT ARE IN REACH OF THE ORDINARY WORKER!

    The law requires that you must be a registered pharmacist in order to dispense medicine! So ordinary headache tablets that you and I have been taking all our lives, your first aider at work MAY NOT dispense these to staff at work UNLESS they are registered to do so!

    SO, get wise and start a small "kiosk" at work in which you sell a few sweets AND some headache tablets. You can purchase the heache tablets from MAKRO (or the shop on the corner!) and in that way you are not dispensing of any medication!

    The suppliers are only supplying what is legally required and this is policed by the Dept of Labour.

    If you are in any way still unsure, please contact me and I will do a FREE First Aid Audit for you.

    Regards,

    Martin Millar
    Managing Member
    MILLMEDcc

    (C) 079-037-4464
    (T) 033-330-7528
    (F) 086-513-0849
    (E-mail) millmed@telkomsa.net
  4. Ernest Roper

    Ernest Roper Administrator

    Thank You

    Just a quick thank you to all who replied to my inquiry regarding First Aid Kits.

    Judging from the amount of people who have viewed this thread It is obviously a common question that people seek advice on.

    Thanks for your input.