There’s no specific requirement to carry first aid kits in a vehicle in the health and safety at work legislation. However, in the Model Codes of Practice, it says “All workers must be able to access a first aid kit. This will require at least one first aid kit to be provided at their workplace.” A vehicle is defined as a workplace, so if business is being conducted from a vehicle then a first aid kit is important
If a driver or passenger is at all at risk of receiving an injury while working from a vehicle, then a first aid kit is essential.
A company should remember that a first aid kit is a last-resort measure and that workers should be able to conduct their work in a safe environment with the appropriate personal protective equipment. A first aid kit is not an excuse for workers not having access to protective equipment or safe working practices. A first aid kit is not a box of plasters, either.
Many companies sell first aid kits that have the necessary supplies. The first aid kit should provide basic equipment for administering first aid for injuries including:
- cuts, scratches, punctures, grazes and splinters
- muscular sprains and strains
- minor burns
- amputations and/or major bleeding wounds
- broken bones
- eye injuries