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. Go to the calculator

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. Go to first aid kit buying guide
  • Are there remote areas, for example, distant sports fields or playgrounds?
  • Are there any higher risk areas, such as science labs or workshops? These areas may need extra 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.

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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 toilet.

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

  • A sink with hot and cold running water
  • Drinking water with disposable cups
  • Soap, paper towels, disinfecting hand sanitiser and surface wipes,
  • A store for first aid materials, such as a first aid cabinet,
  • Foot operated refuse container, lined with yellow, disposable clinical waste bags or a container suitable for the safe disposal of clinical waste
  • An examination/medical couch with waterproof protection and wipe clean pillows and blankets, (a paper couch roll may be used that is changed between patients)
  • A chair
  • A telephone or other communication equipment
  • A record book for recording incidents attended by a first aider or appointed person.

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Defibrillators for schools

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, including children, and the first few minutes are vital. Having a defibrillator on site that can be accessed quickly can drastically improve the chance of survival.

Defibrillators are easy to use, with voice and visual prompts to guide you through what to do. You do not need to be trained to use one, but we recommend that school employees take a defibrillator training course to ensure they can use the device quickly and confidently in an emergency.

Defibrillators can be used safely on children over the age of eight. For children aged between one and eight, you will need separate paediatric defibrillator pads or a separate paediatric defibrillator, unless your defibrillator has a special paediatric casualty function. For more information, see our guide to defibrillators.

All our defibrillators are appropriate for schools.

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