Did you know that over 2.2 million fatal workplace accidents happen each year around the world? According to this article, around 2600 of those work-related deaths occur right here in South Africa! Around two million non-fatal workplace accidents, towards which the mining sector contributes over 2500, occur each year in our rainbow nation – reason enough to ensure that your workplace has a basic life support kit close at hand.

The minutes it takes an ambulance to get to your workplace could be the difference between life and death for an injury-struck workmate. With a basic life support kit on premises, preliminary medical attention can be actioned – possibly even saving a life. Here’s what your office’s basic life support kit should be comprised of:

Basic Life Support Kit Consumables

Your workplace’s basic life support kit should have certain consumable products in case of medical emergency, that can be used when needed and replaced. These include:

  • Alcohol swabs
  • Conforming bandages
  • Crepe bandages
  • Triangular bandages
  • Burn dressing
  • Roll of cotton wool
  • Gauze swabs
  • Pairs of latex gloves
  • Non-allergenic paper tape
  • Plasters
  • Safety pins
  • Hypodermic needles
  • 5ml syringes
  • Maternity delivery pads
  • Saline solution

Basic Life Support Kit Apparatus

The apparatus that should be included in your workplace’s basic life support kit should be sanitised, charged and ready for use should a medical emergency arise. These include:

Workplace Injury and the Law

Regardless of how an employee is injured while at work, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that adequate and immediate medical attention is given to the injured. The Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993, as amended by the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act No. 181 of 1993, shares that if there are more than five employees employed at a workplace, a suitable and easily accessible first aid kit must be available.

If more than 10 workers are employed, an employee trained in first aid must be available during normal working hours in case of workplace injury. While a basic first aid kit will suffice in the event of minor workplace injury, it is recommended that organisations keep a comprehensive and well-stocked basic life support kit comprised of the above essential medical equipment.

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