What to Consider When Choosing The Right First Aid Kit

It can be daunting to search for the perfect first aid kit that suits your everyday needs, but also your environment. With so many rules and regulations in place, it can be confusing as to which first aid kit is the perfect match for your needs.

Here are a few questions to consider that may help in narrowing your search for the perfect first aid kit:

Is this kit intended for use in the workplace or for personal use?

Factors such as the work environment (office, hospitality, construction, beauty salon), the number of employees and people within the space, and the most common injuries that may occur are a few factors you’ll need to consider when choosing the perfect first aid kit within the workplace.

For personal kits, they can be as extensive or as basic as you like; one thing to remember is that the majority of injuries happen at home.

How many people will the kit be servicing and what are the demographics?

The amount of people the kit will be servicing will determine what size to select when choosing the perfect first aid kit. More people means you’ll need a bigger first aid kit with more supplies.

The demographic of people that the kit would cater to also plays an important part in the selection process. Kits that primarily cater to children will need contents in appropriate sizing. Most bandages & dressings can be cut down to size for use on children, but some products may need to be sourced to ensure that they are the correct size.

What are the common injuries that may occur?

Common injuries vary with the environment, but might include minor injuries such as cuts, bites or stings, sprains, grazes, overexposure to heat or cold, allergies, bleeding, bruises, internal injuries and burns.

It’s best to identify what the common injuries are in your home or workplace to help you determine what products to prioritise and the type of kit that will be best suited for these injuries.

For example, for beauty salons or hairdressers, thermal burns may be a common injury as a result of curling irons, straighteners and hair dryers being used. As such, burn creams & sprays may be an important part of your first aid kit. Other injuries that may occur in beauty or tattoo studios may include slips or falls, electrical burns, chemical inhalation or cuts.

Do you need the kit to be portable or can it be fixed onto a wall?

The location of the kit is very important. It needs to be accessible and and clearly marked for people (both employees & clients) to easily identify the location of the kit.

If the kit will be fixed onto a wall, consider the distance between the kit and the injured person. If it’s portable, take into consideration how heavy the kit is, and if the person responsible for transporting it will have difficulty transporting the kit. Will the portable kit have handles for people to grab? Will it have a shoulder strap or wheels for quicker transport? All these factors play a major role as to how fast you can get the kit to the injured person.

Is it likely to get dirty and wet?

Once a first aid kit gets wet, it more or less becomes useless. Dirty equipment can contaminate the contents in the kit and may possibly cause infection if the contaminated contents are used.

Consider storing your kit in a protective sealed case or in a cupboard to keep it safe and dry.

What kind of first aid training does the person in charge have?

Every kit should contain an emergency manual with basic first aid information for those with no training; however, it is the law in Australia for every workplace to have at least one first aid officer that is trained to correctly administer first aid and safety practices in case of an injury or emergency.

Take into account that some first aid equipment may need further training. For example, the use of EpiPens, oxygen, defibrillators and more.

What’s your budget?

With all these considerations in place, one major factor that may affect your decision will be your budget. But before going for the cheaper option when it comes to first aid kits and training, consider this; having even the most basic kit is better than having none at all – but, if given the option, why not get the best kit you can afford?

You may not encounter a situation where you may need it (and let’s hope you don’t), but what happens if you do? How much are you willing to spend to protect your life or the lives of those you care about?

Livingstone offers over 100+ first aid kit selections that all comply to each state’s government regulations.

To view our wide range of first aid kits, simply visit our website: www.livingstone.com.au

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