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Importance of maintaining your First Aid Kit

First Aid kits can save lives and drastically minimise the effect of an injury – but not if they are empty or have expired items in them.

Having an appropriately stocked first aid kit is one of the most important parts of health and safety in the workplace and is the first step to being prepared for an accident or emergency.

It’s easy to buy a first aid kit, put it somewhere and forget about it. Products get used and life goes on…over time products run out, items expire or deteriorate. Don’t leave it until you need it the most before you realise this has happened to your kit.

Keeping the contents of your first aid kits current is essential.  Regular checking of your first aid kit, maintaining and restocking is the only way to ensure it is always effective and ready to use when you need it.

First aid kits that are not stocked appropriately or have expired/deteriorated products in them are not Worksafe NZ compliant.

Onsite First Aid Kit restocking

We offer a reasonably priced service where we come to you onsite and check your first aid kit supplies to ensure you have all that you need according to the Worksafe guidelines. 

We can remove all damaged, soiled or expired stock from site, and replace with new stock and ensure you have all you need in case of an emergency or accident.  This can be a huge relief for nominated Health and Safety Officers in your workplace, as we are well aware of the requirements and can complete this duty quickly and efficiently.

Our visits can be as little or as often as your company wishes, with the most common visit times being either 6 or 12 monthly intervals depending on the industry and number of staff.

Contact us to book a visit to your workplace.

Suggested minimum contents for a workplace First Aid Kit

Here is a link to Worksafe NZ which has guidelines for workplace first aid kit requirements.

First aid kits

You must provide at least one first aid kit for each workplace and ensure workers know where it is.

Kits should contain basic equipment for attending to injuries, such as:

  • cuts, scratches, punctures, grazes and splinters
  • soft tissue sprains and strains
  • minor burns
  • broken bones
  • eye injuries, and
  • shock.

What you put in the kit should be based on the particular risks of the work carried out at your workplace. For example, there is likely to be a higher risk of eye injuries (and a need for eye pads) if your workers:

  • handle chemical liquids or powders in open containers
  • carry out spraying, hosing or abrasive blasting
  • are at risk of particles flying into their eyes
  • are at risk of being splashed or sprayed with infectious materials, or
  • carry out welding, cutting or machining operations.

Click here for more information from Worksafe NZ.


Key Information

We can regularly check your first aid kits, on a timetable that suits you.  

On our first visit we will ask you some questions and complete a 'First Aid Potential Risk' questionnaire, following which we will be able to recommend suitable contents for your First Aid kit(s) at your workplace.

Price:

$25.00 (incl. GST) to visit and check your workplace first aid kit.  After that, the charge will reduce to $5.00 or $10.00 (incl. GST) per additional kit (depending on size, location etc).

The restocked items will be an additional charge, and you can check our competitive pricing here.