First Aid Box
Rhodes University is required to have first aid boxes in all areas of campus, as specified by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (1993). The number of First Aid kits and the contents will vary according to different needs. It depends on the type of work/activities (office work / field work / handling chemicals / handling machinery / etc) and associated injuries that are likely, and number of people in the building.
The head/manager of each section/department/division or the residence warden should ensure that a First Aid kit is present:
Signage indicates where it is.
RU First Aiders in or near the building are listed beside it.
First Aid Register (A4 sheet or small note book) is kept in it, to record details of first aid incidents: date, name of first aider, name of casualty (person receiving first aid),type of injury, first aid item(s) used.
Minimum contents of a First Aid Box: extract from Occupational Health and Safety Act (1993), retrieved February 11, 2009, from www.acts.co.za/ohs/index.htm - General Safety Regulations - Annexure:
Note Regulation 3: In the case of shops and offices, the quantities stated under items 1, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, and 18 may be reduced by half.
- Wound cleaner / antiseptic (100 ml)
- Swabs for cleaning wounds
- Cotton wool for padding (100 g)
- Sterile gauze (minimum quantity 10)
- 1 pair of forceps (for splinters)
- 1 pair of scissors (minimum size 100 mm)
- 1 set of safety pins
- 4 triangular bandages
- 4 roller bandages (75 mm x 5m)
- 4 roller bandages (100 mm x 5m)
- 1 roll of elastic adhesive (25 mm x 3 m)
- 1 non-allergenic adhesive strip (25 mm x 3 m)
- 1 packet of adhesive dressing strips (minimum quantity, 10 assorted sizes)
- 4 first aid dressings (75 mm x 100 mm)
- 4 first aid dressings (150 mm x 200 mm)
- 2 straight splints
- 2 pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable latex gloves
- 2 CPR mouth pieces or similar devices.
NB: No person is allowed to dispense a medicine (e.g. headache tablets, cough mixture, any other oral medicine) unless authorised to do so under the Pharmacy Act (53 of 1974) as amended, and the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act (101 of 1965) as amended.
Health and Safety Training Materials - go to page 17, Part 6: FIRST AID
RU First Aiders: List of all first aiders on campus
First Aid Supplies: Guidelines on where to get first aid supplies - full kits and refills
First Aid Training: How to get training to become a first aider
St John Brigade membership application: Keep your skills current through membership of the St John Brigade
|Item||Motorist||Offices||Food Services||Sport Facilities||Workshop|
|St John Ref. No.||310||108||170||180||109|
|Wound cleaner||100 ml||50 ml||75 ml||125 ml||100 ml|
|Antiseptic Cream||25 g|
|Eye drops||5 ml|
|Gloves||4 pairs||2 pairs||4 pairs||2 pairs||4 pairs|
|First Aid Dressing no. 5||2||2||4|
|First Aid Dressing no. 3||4||2||2||2||4|
|First Aid Dressing no. 2||2|
|Roller Bandage 25 mm||2|
|Roller Bandage 50 mm||2||2|
|Roller Bandage 75 mm||4||2||2||2||4|
|Roller Bandage 100 mm||2||2||4|
|Cotton wool||100 g||2 x 50 g||50 g||50 g||100 g|
|Scissors 16 cm, Universal||1||1||1||1||1|
|Gauze Swabs 75 x 75 mm, 8 ply||100||100||100|
|Elastic Adhesive 25 mm x 3 m||1||1||1||1||1|
|Non-allergenic Adhesive Tape 25 mm x 3 m||1||1||1||1|
|Med-ice instant ice packs||2||1|
|Neck collar||1 medium|
|Sal Volatile 20 ml||1|
|Friars Balsam 20 ml||1|
|Small Burn Dressings 10 x 10 cm||4||1|
|Large Burn Dressings 20 x 20 cm||2|
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