Managing your first aid responsibilities in the workplace - is the public sector prepared?

30/04/19

First aid, albeit an essential requisite for health and safety in the workplace, is often seen as an added financial and manpower burden. From procurement managers responsible for sourcing first aid products, personnel who manage the stock to trained first aiders who respond to emergencies, it is not often a workplace will have employees solely dedicated to these responsibilities.
Managing your first aid requirements can be surprisingly challenging, ensuring that you're always stocked, always prepared and fully trained can be an administrative headache at times, draining precious man-hours and resources from the public sector.
However, if it is your duty to provide adequate care to your colleagues, you need to ask yourself, is your workplace prepared to deliver first aid?

Completing your risk assessments

Working for the public sector can mean many different things for many different people, there are many roles to be filled, each with their own risks and hazards in the workplace. Because of this, extra consideration needs to be taken to serve the first aid requirements of employees, and there is no "one size fits all" solution; a bus driver will require a different set of first aid products to an office worker.
To ensure you're providing your staff with the products that truly fit their needs, comprehensive risk assessments need to be carried out and they must be supplied with, preferably, British Standard compliant first aid kits, taking into account the hazards they may face, the maximum number of people who may be on site at any given time and the extra industry-specific consumables required, such as blue detectable plasters that are compliant with Food Hygiene Regulations 2006.
Although not compulsory, the 2019 British Standard recommendations have been specifically designed to suit modern Britain's first aid needs, and are an update on the HSE first aid standards and meeting the minimum requirements for first aid kits in the workplace. Equipping employees with first aid kits compliant to these recommendations is highly recommended for these reasons.

By doing this, you can ensure that the right products and the right quantity are available at any given time.
 

Managing stock, supply and maintenance

Unfortunately, very few things last forever, and in the first aid industry, most products have  a shelf life - with many products being single use also.
Managing stock can be a fine balance of meeting supply and demand, finding a middle ground where you are neither understocked and underprepared, nor overstocked and at risk of wasting consumables by allowing them to expire, putting emphasis on careful forecasting and easy access to supply.
It is essential to ensure your first aid products are in good condition, within the expiry date and replenished when used. Otherwise, the quality of first aid care is weakened by ineffective products or lack of resources.
Implementing stock rotation procedures to allow older products to be used first, choosing a supplier that delivers on time and in full, regardless of geographical restraints, performing routine inspections of first aid kits, storing consumables in dry conditions, and stock management or subscription services can help you to fulfil your first aid responsibilities and ensure that your first aid provisions are always maintained to the British Standard.
 

Our three methods of first aid provision maintenance

At Aero Healthcare, we offer three methods of first aid kit maintenance:

  • Managed - for high-risk environments, our network of carefully selected partners inspect sites to ensure first aid provisions are stocked correctly and that they are always ready to use, through RFID technology.

  • Self-managed - our range of British Standard compliant Instant Refill First Aid Kits, utilising our proprietary four pouch refill system and offering our premium, market-leading products, whenever you need them.

  • Subscription - for low-risk and high-security environments, we offer a sustainable, cost-effective and flexible means of maintenance, through our New Way First Aid Management System, delivering regularly to your designated address.

  • Through our extensive distribution network and stock forecasting algorithms, we ensure unparalleled, instant access to first aid products across the globe, even to the most remote locations.

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