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1. How should I deal with cuts and grazes?

Cuts and grazes are very common and can happen at the drop of a hat. Although most cuts and grazes do not pose as a serious threat to your health it is important to treat them as soon as possible.

For the majority of cuts and grazes you can easily treat them at home by simply cleaning the wound thoroughly and covering them with a plaster or a dressing to stop them getting infected.

Take a look at our huge range of wound care products here.

2. What type of Bandage should I use for different injuries?

There are many different types of bandages you can use for a range of different injuries.

Your first aid kit will come with the most commonly used Bandages such as PlastersSterile DressingsConforming BandagesBurn DressingsTriangular Bandages as well as sometimes more.

It’s important that before applying any type of dressing you should wash and dry your hands; if you have disposable gloves wear them for extra hygiene safety. If the area is bleeding, apply pressure and raise the area higher than the heart.

Are you unsure how to use different Bandages? Check out our guide below:

Plasters (Adhesive Dressings) - Plasters come in a range of different sizes and shapes depending on where you need it for. You can buy them in waterproof or blue or fabric so they can be used for various applications. Make sure the wound is clean and dry and unwrap the plaster by the protective strips and place on the wound. Make sure you change the plaster every few hours to minimise infection. Plasters are perfect for small cuts.

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Conforming Bandages –Typically made from elasticated material, Conforming Bandages are high quality bandages which can mould into the shape of the area. They are most commonly used to support strains and for dressing retention. They come in a range of different sizes and it is important to change the dressing every few days to avoid infection.

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Burn Dressings- Burns can be very painful and need to be treated as soon as possible. If you get a burn, clean the area, being careful not to burst any blisters. Then cover the burn with a Burns Sterile Dressing, and then use a pad and gauze bandage to hold it in place.

Check out our whole range of Burns First Aid here.

Triangular Bandages- Triangular Bandages are non stretch bandage often used for arm injuries or head injuries. They are often provided with safety pins to secure it in place.

Take a look at all of our Bandages here.


3. Can I use a Sterile First Aid dressing after its expiry date?

We strongly recommend you not using first aid products if they are past their expiry date. Keeping products past their expiry date can be unsafe. Products will start to deteriorate and may not be effective.

4. How to deal with a burn injury?

Burns can be dangerous so they need to be dealt with straight away. There are different types of burns depends on how serious they are.

To treat superficial burns follow this guide:

  • Cool the affected area under running cool water for as long as possible. We suggest 10-20 minutes. This will prevent the burn from getting worse.
  • Remove all material from the burn, unless the material is sticking to the burn.
  • If you are in pain take some pain relief tablets such as ibuprofen or parcetamol.
  • Apply a Burns Dressing onto the wound. There are a range of different Burns PlastersDressings and Sprays you can use which will help ease the pain and reduce the injury.
  • If you are still in pain, call 999.

If you receive a chemical or electrical burn call 999.

Take a look at our whole range of Burns First Aid today.


5. Do I need an AED in the workplace?

It is not a legal requirement to have an AED defibrillator in the workplace but there are huge benefits of having one.

Cardiac arrest is the biggest killer in the UK so any help to bring those figures down should be welcomed with open arms. Defibrillators these days are small, portable and have long battery life. They have full instructions on how to use them, making them easy for anyone to use. They are perfect for schools, shopping centres, leisure centres and homes. Using an AED defibrillator within seconds of a cardiac arrest can save someone’s life, making them increasingly popular.

Buy your Defibrillators here.


6. Do I need to update my Health and Safety Law Poster?

You must have had the up to date Health and Safety Poster since 5th April 2014 and going forward.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) first introduced the Health and Safety Law poster and leaflet in 1999. Under the Health and Safety information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) employers are required to either display the poster in a prominent location or provide each employee with the leaflet.

In 2009 the HSE introduced an updated, simpler version of the Health and Safety Law poster. In order to minimise the impact on organisations the HSE provided a five year transition period meaning that employers have until 5th April 2014 to replace the poster or leaflets with the new version. It is recommended that all employers update their poster and leaflets to the new versions immediately to avoid missing the deadline.

Order your Health & Safety Poster here.