The workplace has radically changed in the past decade, yet the standard guidance on first aid kits has remained static under the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. A review in 1997 resulted in the updated publication of An approved Code of Practice. However, after almost 15 years, it was evident that a further review had become clearly overdue.
That review has taken place, resulting in a major change to contents recommended in June 2011. Full implementation came into effect on January 1st 2014. The new kits are radically improved to meet current hazards and risks, and takes into account development of innovative products that didn’t exist back in 1997? Please read on for help in deciding if your kit remains fit for purpose.
What does the Law say?
“An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities as adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to his/her employees if they are injured or become ill at work.”
By undertaking a first aid needs assessment will determine the size of your kit and the contents will then reflect this outcome.For peace of mind, the provision of a kit with this updated content is now the only clear and definitive way for employers to demonstrate they are serious about meeting their legal obligations under the Health and Safety First Aid Regulations.
Adopting the British Standard kits is the best guarantee of remaining fully complaint with the Law. FirstAid4Farms can provide British standard workplace First Aid kits for your farm/agricultural establishment. Use the contact form for more information.