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CSS is now servicing first aid kits to the National Code of Practice

CSS is now servicing first Aid kits to the current national Code of practice.

With the Code of Practice in place for first aid kits for workplaces, Combined Safety Solutions is now providing kits that meet the code. They are available for purchase in-store in Nowra and on our website.

LARGE TYPE B KIT
SMALL TYPE B KIT
REFILL TYPE B KIT


“First Aid in the Workplace” Code of Practice, Section 3.1 says:

All workers must be able to access a first aid kit. This will require at least one first aid kit to be provided at their workplace.

CONTENTS

The first aid kit should provide basic equipment for administering first aid for injuries including:

  • cuts, scratches, punctures, grazes and splinters
  • muscular sprains and strains
  • minor burns
  • amputations and/or major bleeding wounds
  • broken bones
  • eye injuries
  • shock


The contents of first aid kits should be based on a risk assessment. For example, there may be higher risk of eye injuries and a need for additional eye pads in a workplace where:

    • chemical liquids or powders are handled in open containers
    • spraying, hosing or abrasive blasting operations are carried out
    • there is any possibility of flying particles causing eye injuries
    • there is a risk of splashing or spraying of infectious materials
    • welding, cutting or machining operations are carried out


Additional equipment may be needed for serious burns and remote workplaces.

The recommended content of a typical first aid kit and information on additional equipment is provided in Appendix C.

DESIGN OF KITS

First aid kits can be any size, shape or type to suit your workplace, but each kit should:

      • be large enough to contain all the necessary items
      • be immediately identifiable with a white cross on green background that is prominently displayed on the outside
      • contain a list of the contents for that kit
      • be made of material that will protect the contents from dust, moisture and contamination.

 

LOCATION

In the event of a serious injury or illness, quick access to the kit is vital. First aid kits should be kept in a prominent, accessible location and able to be retrieved promptly. Access should also be ensured in security-controlled workplaces. First aid kits should be located close to areas where there is a higher risk of injury or illness. For example, a school with a science laboratory or carpentry workshop should have first aid kits located in these areas. If the workplace occupies several floors in a multi-storey building, at least one kit should be located on every second floor.

Emergency floor plans displayed in the workplace should include the location of first aid kits. A portable first aid kit should be provided in the vehicles of mobile workers if that is their workplace (for example, couriers, taxi drivers, sales representatives, bus drivers and inspectors). These kits should be safely located so as not to become a projectile in the event of an accident.

RESTOCKING AND MAINTAINING KITS

A person in the workplace should be nominated to maintain the first aid kit (usually a first aider) and should:

      • monitor access to the first aid kit and ensure any items used are replaced as soon as practicable after use
      • undertake regular checks (after each use or, if the kit is not used, at least once every 12 months) to ensure the kit contains a complete set of the required items (an inventory list in the kit should be signed and dated after each check)
      • ensure that items are in good working order, have not deteriorated and are within their expiry dates and that sterile products are sealed and have not been tampered with

 

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