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  • Updating your First Aid kit and procedures

    First aid kit for the workplace

    With the current COVID-19 pandemic, guidance on First Aid procedures has changed. In this guide we will set out what changes need to be made to your current First Aid equipment and outline the procedures and training that First Aid responders in your workplace need to be aware of.

    Updating your First Aid kit

    Current HSE guidance states that first aiders should wear additional PPE when carrying out first aid. Guidance states that when giving first aid to someone, you should use the following equipment if available:

     

    • a fluid-repellent surgical mask

     

    3 ply surgical mask, £0.98

    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each

    These masks are disposable and fluid resistant and made to a high standard. Please note, priced singly, but sold in boxes of 50.

    Please note that there are discounts available on masks when ordering larger quantities when bought in boxes of 100 / cases of 1000. For more information, call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

    • disposable gloves

    Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88

    Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88 Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88

    These are useful for any first aid situation. Beaded cuff, ambidextrous disposable gloves with high tensile strength and optimum sensitivity.

    Please note that there are discounts available on these gloves when ordering larger quantities. For more information, call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

    Click here to see more of our disposable gloves

    • eye protection

    XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06

    XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06 XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06

    These safety spectacles are close fitting and suitable for men or women.

    Click here for our full range of eye protection

    • apron or other suitable covering

    Disposable poly aprons (roll of 200) £6.26

    DISPOSABLE POLY APRON ON ROLL, 27" X 46" BLUE, 1 ROLL OF 200, £6.26 DISPOSABLE POLY APRON ON ROLL, 27" X 46" BLUE, 1 ROLL OF 200, £6.26

    Our range of light duty polythene aprons are packed perforated on rolls, each individually wrapped in a polybag to ensure they are clean and safe for use in first aid situations.

     

    Other items to consider:

    Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12

    Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12 Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12

     

    This pocket mask not only helps to prevent cross infection, it comes with a valve which allows the first aid responder to deliver the right amount of air with control and accuracy

    Non contact thermometer, £79.79

     

    Non contact thermometer, £79.79 Non contact thermometer, £79.79

    This thermometer can detect a fever from up to 5cm away from the forehead, allowing for hygienic and non invasive testing to establish if someone has one of the key COVID-19 symptoms of a high fever.

    MEDIANA HEARTON A15 ADULT/PAEDIATRIC AED DEFIBRILLATOR, £999.00

    MEDIANA HEARTON A15 ADULT/PAEDIATRIC AED DEFIBRILLATOR, £999.00 MEDIANA HEARTON A15 ADULT/PAEDIATRIC AED DEFIBRILLATOR, £999.00

     

    This automated External Defibrillator (AED) device comes with dual pads for adult and paediatric use. This durable unit is built to take the demands of professional use but is priced for the workplace, office or school. Operation is designed to be simple and fast, simply open the cover and select adult or paediatric and the voice commands will guide you through the rest of the actions with visual indicators to clarify next step. Pads are always connected and ready to use.

     

    First aid procedures and training

    Official advice is for all employers to review their first aid procedures and training requirements given the current coronavirus pandemic and to discuss this with your first raiders.

     

    Click here to see a full guide from the HSE here.

     

    Initial assessment: Keep your distance

    Guidance is that first aiders should try to assist  at a safe distance and minimise the time where they share a breathing zone with the person who is sick or injured. If the person being helped is capable, they can be given verbal instructions to do things to help their situation, but treating the casualty properly is the first concern.

    Follow the 3P model – preserve life, prevent worsening, promote recovery.

     

    CPR

    One of the key changes is the new guidance on giving mouth to mouth resuscitation and CPR. It’s essential that all First Aid officers in your company are trained and aware of these changes. Guidance is to follow the procedure set out in this guide by the Resuscitation Council UK:

    https://www.resus.org.uk/covid-19-resources/covid-19-resources-general-public/resuscitation-council-uk-statement-covid-19

     

    Here is a summary:

    Preserve life: CPR

    • Call 999 immediately – tell the call handler if the patient has any COVID-19 symptoms
    • Ask for help. If a portable defibrillator is available, ask for it
    • Before starting CPR, to minimise transmission risk, use a cloth or towel to cover the patient’s mouth and nose, while still permitting breathing to restart following successful resuscitation
    • If available, use:
      • a fluid-repellent surgical mask
      • disposable gloves
      • eye protection
      • apron or other suitable covering
    • Only deliver CPR by chest compressions and use a defibrillator (if available) – don’t do rescue breaths

    After delivering any first aid

    • Ensure you safely discard disposable items and clean reusable ones thoroughly.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser as soon as possible.

    First aid qualifications

    If because of coronavirus your first aider cannot complete training for their First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:

    • a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules
    • the awarding body is satisfied that you can show:
      • a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
      • the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training.

    FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021

    If you would like more advice or guidance on First Aid equipment for your workplace, our team are experienced and happy to help. Please call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Have you got the right First Aid Strategy in place?

    No matter what steps you have taken to ensure you have a safe workplace, there may be times when your employees are injured or fall ill. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require provide ‘adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work’.
    These regulations apply even if you have fewer than five employees or if you are self-employed. As a minimum, you need a basic first aid kit and a designated first aid officer. You will also need to make sure any employees are aware of your first aid arrangements in the event that they need them.

     

    You can find out more with the Red Cross guide to First Aid for Employers.
    Whilst First Aid arrangements are very much dependent your individual working environment, here are five of the key considerations to help you establish the right first aid strategy for your organisation.

    1. The nature of your workplace
    You may be in a smaller office workplace with relatively low level hazards where the minimum provision would offer the right level of support for you. However, if you work in an environment with unusual circumstances and factors at play, for example working with chemicals or in very physically demanding jobs such as tree surgery or construction, then take time to carry out a proper risk assessment and think about the types of accidents that occur. In these cases it is likely that you will need trained first aiders. The Health And Safety Executive (HSE) has some useful case studies of different work environments, ranging from shops to construction sites and chemical processing plants to help you do this. It also has some useful risk templates to aid you in carrying out the assessment.

    2. Get feedback from employees
    Having regular health and safety conversations with your staff is good for two reasons. First, employee feedback can help with reducing the likelihood of accidents at work , but it can also mean you are better prepared in terms of First Aid provision. As an employer, you are responsible for making sure you have adequate and appropriate provision, but by including employee feedback in your First Aid strategy assessment, you will gain a different perspective of other provisions that need to be factored into your First Aid strategy.
    3. First Aid Provision and work absences
    When an employer's first-aid needs assessment indicates that a first-aider is unnecessary, the minimum requirement is to appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. When you decide on your appointed first aid person, you will need to think about working patterns and other absences. This person will need to take charge of first aid arrangements and potentially call the emergency services if required. They do not need to have formal first aid training but they do need to make sure that there is appropriate cover for first-aid arrangements irrespective of the working patterns of other employees. You will also need to ensure that anyone visiting your premises or site is protected, so it is a good idea to keep a Visitors book to ensure that your First Aider is aware of anyone other than staff on site.

     

    Visitors Book £8.80 Visitors Book £8.80

     

    4. History of workplace accidents
    When you are thinking about First Aid provision, consider if accidents have occured in the past and if so, whether this type of accident is likely to occur again. Think also about the demographic of your workforce. If you have older employees doing very physically demanding jobs, they can be more prone to sprains and other injuries. If it is, then this should be factored into your First Aid Assessment to make sure that your First Aid strategy covers it.
    For this purpose, it is helpful to have an Accident Book to record any incidents.

     

    Accident Book £8.60 Accident Book £8.60

     

    5. Remote workers
    If you have workers that are travelling or working remotely off site , it might be worth thinking about provision away from your main sites. Making sure your remote workers have access to first aid kits and provisions is vital - and could end up saving someone’s life.
    Click here to see our full range of First Aid products, including accident log books, BS 8599 compliant First Aid Kits and more specialist equipment such as eye wash stations.

    If you would like more information, the HSE's free leaflet offers a good start. First Aid at work: your questions answered.

    As always if you would like any advice, please contact our team as we’re happy to help you with First Aid requirements for your business. Email sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 742642.

  • What First Aid equipment do you need in your workplace?

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    All businesses need to have at least a basic First Aid Kit. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment in the workplace so that employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.

    Since 2014, the best way to make sure your First Aid kit is adequate for the workplace is to ensure it meets the new BS 8599 standard. The British Standard BS 8599 sets out the requirements for first aid kits in the workplace.

    Step 1: Risk assess your workplace

    To make sure your First Aid kit is compliant you will first need to carry out a risk assessment of the workplace. The St John’s Ambulance has a helpful online resource to help you assess your First Aid Kit requirements. Click here for their First Aid Requirements Calculator

    According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as a minimum, a small, low risk workplace, for example a small office should have a first aid box, along with a person appoint to take charge of first aid arrangements and employees should be told clearly where the First Aid kit is kept and who is the designated First Aid Officer. It’s certainly worthwhile doing this at regular periods as according to The British Red Cross and personalinjurylawyers.co.uk, research found that 75% of employees can’t find their first aid kit at work.

    What should be in your First Aid Kit?

    Once you have assessed your workplace risk level, the BS 8599 standard sets out what you need and in what quantities in terms of First Aid Equipment. Click here for a guide. Items include the following.

    • A leaflet giving general guidance on first aid.
    • Individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work.
    • Sterile eye pads.
    • Individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile.
    • Safety pins.
    • Large and medium-sized sterile, individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings.
    • Disposable gloves
    • Foil blanket
    • Mouth to mouth resuscitation device
    • Universal shears suitable for cutting clothing
    • Moist wipes
    • Microporous tape
    • Burn relief dressing

    It is recommended that you don't keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.

    We have a range of BS 8599 compliant first-aid kits starting with our BS8599-1 WORKPLACE FIRST AID KIT SMALL

    BS8599-1 WORKPLACE FIRST AID KIT SMALL BS8599-1 WORKPLACE FIRST AID KIT SMALL

     

    Whether using a first-aid kit complying with BS 8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of the first-aid needs assessment, specific to your workplace.

    We also have first-aid kits which are BS 8599 compliant but also designed to meet the needs of specific industries, such as the food and catering industry for example. BS8599-1 CATERING FIRST AID KIT LARGE, which has dressings for burns and also tape and plasters which can ensure food and preparation areas are kept completely safe and clean.

    BS8599-1 CATERING FIRST AID KIT LARGE BS8599-1 CATERING FIRST AID KIT LARGE

     

    Click here to see our full range of First Aid Kits

    Click here to see our full range of First Aid products, including accident log books, individual low value items and more specialist equipment such as eye wash stations.

    More advice is given in HSE's free leaflet: First aid at work: your questions answered.

    If you’d like advice and get the appropriate kits and best pricing for your business please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk through all your First Aid requirements

    Call us on: 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

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