First aid rooms or areas at work
The HSE has provided employers with improved guidance on
the equipment that should be included in a workplace first aid
What should a first aid room or area
You should consider your workplace’s specific
hazards when choosing your first aid equipment and supplies as well
as the size of your workplace and the number of employees in each
The HSE’s guidance recommends that your workplace first aid room,
or designated safe first aid area, should have:
aid signs, advising of the names, locations and, if appropriate
telephone extensions of first aiders and how to contact
- A sink with hot and cold running water
- Drinking water with disposable cups
- Soap and paper towels
- A store for first aid materials (eg. a
first aid cabinet)
- Appropriately stocked portable first
- Foot operated refuse containers, lined with
disposable, yellow clinical waste bags or a container suitable for
the safe disposal of clinical
- An examination / medical couch with waterproof
protection and clean pillows and blankets (a paper couch roll may
be used that is changed between casualties)
- A telephone or other communication
record book for recording incidents attended by a first aider
or appointed person
Have you considered safe movement of the
61% of employers admit they don’t have
suitable equipment for moving casualties. An
evacuation chair and training in its correct use for the safe
movement of casualties, either to a designated safe first aid
room/area for treatment or for safe evacuation in an emergency, is
vital in most workplaces.
Do you have a life saving
Each year, 60,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside of
hospitals. It can happen to anyone at any time and for each minute
that passes without defibrillation, the chances of survival falls
by up to 10%. An automated
external defibrillator (AED) is really straightforward to
operate and will safely deliver a shock to a casualty
in cardiac arrest.
Have you got appropriately stocked first aid
kits within easy reach of all employees?
A first aider should be able to get a first aid kit and reach
the casualty within 60 seconds of an initial call for assistance.
For guidance on how many kits your workplace requires use our kit
Is your equipment in stock and
ready for use?
It’s important to make sure your first aid kit is stocked with the
aid consumables for your workplace (eg. if you work with
hazardous substances effective
eye wash is essential).
You should replace used items as soon as they are used so that they
are not missing from your kit. Items that have passed their expiry
date should be disposed of and replaced.
Why buy your first aid supplies from St
We stock a comprehensive range of quality first aid and health and
safety products, from first
aid kits and the supplies
you need to keep them fully stocked, to fire
safety equipment, signage
The St John Ambulance branded products we sell are the same ones
used by our first aid and medical professionals every day. By
choosing supplies bearing our logo, not only do you get amazing
value for money, but you can rest assured that you are equipped
with products that you can trust.
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We’re confident that our prices are the best in the business, which
is why we offer our price promise
guarantee on all products. If you find an identical
product for less elsewhere, we will match the price.
Proof of the lower price must be provided; this could be in the
form of a link to a website or a quote on official headed
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