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Does my Business require a qualified First Aid?


South African Legislation dictates that The Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of South Africa be applied within the workplace, and sets out the general duties and responsibilities of employers to employees:

Providing such information, instructions, training and supervision as may be necessary to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees.” On the business premises there must a trained and certified First Aider that can assist during a medical emergency.


When should I appoint a First Aider in my Business?


A First Aider should be legally appointed, trained and certified once your business has 10 or more Employee’s.


How many First Aiders should be appointed?


Other workplaces - one First Aider for every 50 employees.


Shops & offices - one First Aider for every 100 employees.


What is required to be in the First Aid Kits/Boxes in my Business?


The list below confirms the minimum content which a “First Aid Kit” must contain, as set out by The Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of South Africa.


Annexure - Government Notice R.2245 of 7 August 1992.


Minimum contents of a First Aid Box -


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


Item 1 - Wound cleaner / antiseptic (100ml).

Item 2 - Swabs for cleaning wounds.

Item 3 - Cotton wool for padding (100g).

Item 4 - Sterile gauze (minimum quantity 10).

Item 5 - 1 pair of forceps (for splinters).

Item 6 - 1 pair of scissors (minimum size 100mm).

Item 7 - 1 set of safety pins.Item 8 - 4 triangular bandages.

Item 9 - 4 roller bandages (75mm x 5m).

Item 10 - 4 roller bandages (100mm x 5m).

Item 11 - 1 roll of elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m).

Item 12 - 1 Non-allergenic adhesive strip (25mm x 3m).

Item 13 - 1 Packet of adhesive dressing strips (minimum quantity 10 assorted sizes).

Item 14 - 4 First aid dressings (75mm x 100mm).

Item 15 - 4 First aid dressings (150mm x 200mm).

Item 16 - 2 Straight splints.

Item 17 - 2 Pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable latex gloves.

Item 18 - 2 CPR mouth pieces or similar devices.


Spillage kit:


Item 19 - An adequate supply of absorbent material for the absorption of blood and other body fluids spilled.

Item 20 - Disinfectant to disinfect the area after cleaning up blood and other body fluids spilled.

Item 21 - 2 Pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable rubber household gloves.

Item 22 - A suitable sized impervious bag for the safe disposal of blood and other body fluid contaminated biohazard materials.


Where in my Business should the First Aid kit be kept?


First Kits/Boxes need to be kept in or near the workplace where the kits will be easily accessible by The First Aider.



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