School first aid equipment and facilities

Your school’s legal responsibilities and your duty of care include making sure that your school premises, any school vehicles and your staff members are appropriately equipped with the right supplies to protect the wellbeing of staff and students at all times. Key considerations for your school are:

First aid supplies   A lifesaving automated external defibrillator
Equipping your first aid room   Personal protective equipment
Fire safety supplies   Appropriate fire extinguishers
Additional first aid kits   Fire blankets
Posters   Health and safety supplies
Evacuation chairs for mobility impaired people   Emergency signs

How many first aid kits should a school have?

Our free online requirements calculator  is a useful guide in helping you determine how many first aid kits you need in your school, but your risk assessment and assessment of your first aid needs will give you a more accurate quantity as there are several specific factors to consider:

  • How many sites and split levels does your school occupy? You need to ensure that there is a first aid kit within quick and easy reach of all areas
  • Are there remote areas (eg. distant sports fields or playgrounds)?
  • Are there any higher risk areas (eg. science labs)? These areas may need additional kits or larger kits with additional contents
  • Are there any off-site activities? You should consider travel kits  and sports kits  for activities and trips away from the school
  • Does your school have any vehicles? You should equip all vehicles with a suitable first aid kit.

Contents of a first aid kit

There is no mandatory list of items for a first aid kit and your first aid needs assessment will help you determine the appropriate contents for your school. However:

  • The British Standards Institute (BSi) has introduced a new standard for workplace kits and their contents. St John Ambulance now provides BS-8599-1 workplace first aid kits in several different containers and sizes
  • The St John Ambulance School bundle includes many essential first aid and health and safety items for schools
  • It’s vital that your school has a person responsible for checking the first aid kits frequently and restocking any items that have either been used or have passed their expiry date.

Your school first aid room

The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1996 require every school to provide a suitable room that can be used for medical and dental treatment when required. Your first aid room doesn’t need to be used solely for first aid purposes but must be readily available when needed. Ideally, it should be situated near a WC.

Typical examples of the equipment and facilities a school first aid room should contain are:

Automated external defibrillation

You might also want to consider keeping an automated external defibrillator (AED) in your first aid room. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and the first few minutes are vital. If a defibrillator is used within the first four minutes, the chances of survival increase by more than 50%. AEDs are really straightforward to use, with automated diagnosis and step by step voice prompts.

If you get a defibrillator from St John Ambulance, we’ll train you to use it as well. You can find out more about equipping your school with a defibrillator, arranging a free demonstration at your school and training your staff by emailing our dedicated team at defibs@sja.org.uk

To browse our full range of first aid products, please visit our online shop.

If you’d like to discuss your first aid equipment and facilities needs with a St John Ambulance Customer Service Adviser, please call 0844 770 4808.

See also

Calculate your first aid and fire marshal requirements

Find out your legal requirement for first aiders, first aid kits and fire marshals with our simple tool.

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