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Tuesday | 19/03/2024

Ensuring Workplace Safety: The Importance of First Aid Box Regulation in Singapore

In Singapore’s workplaces, safety is paramount for both employers and regulatory authorities. Adequate first aid facilities, including regulated first aid boxes, are essential resources for addressing injuries and emergencies. Understanding these regulations is crucial for a safe workplace.

Legal Framework

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) oversees workplace safety under the Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA). It mandates employers to provide and maintain first aid facilities, including first aid boxes, as per regulatory standards. Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations outlines these requirements based on workforce size and hazards.

Contents of a First Aid Box

A properly equipped first aid box is essential for effectively managing various types of injuries and medical emergencies. The specific contents may vary depending on the nature of the workplace and potential hazards.

Provision of first-aid boxes

Every workplace shall be provided with a sufficient number of first-aid boxes.

Where a workplace is located in a building, each floor of the building shall be provided with a sufficient number of first-aid boxes.

Every first-aid box provided in a workplace shall —

  • be adequately equipped;
  • be properly maintained;
  • be checked frequently to ensure that it is adequately equipped and that all the items in it are usable;
  • be clearly identified as a first-aid box;
  • be placed in a location that is well-lit and accessible; and
  • be under the charge of a person appointed by the occupier of the workplace
  • Nothing except appliances or requisites for first-aid shall be kept in a first-aid box.

MOM no longer stipulate the type of first aid box anymore (Box A, B or C). Employers are to ensure first aid boxes are fit for purpose for their workplace.

Employers should ensure that first aid boxes are adequately stocked and regularly inspected to replace expired or depleted items. Additionally, it is advisable to customize the contents of first aid boxes based on the specific hazards present in the workplace, such as chemicals, machinery, or electrical equipment.

Maintenance and Inspection

Regular maintenance and inspection of first aid boxes are essential to ensure their effectiveness in times of need. Employers should designate responsible personnel, such as trained first aiders or safety officers, to oversee the maintenance and replenishment of first aid supplies. Monthly inspections are recommended to check for expired items, ensure proper packaging and labeling, and assess the overall condition of the first aid box.

Furthermore, employees should be familiarized with the location of first aid boxes and encouraged to report any issues or discrepancies observed during their use. Adequate signage indicating the presence and location of first aid facilities can also help facilitate prompt access during emergencies.

Training and Preparedness

In addition to providing first aid facilities, employers should invest in training programs to equip employees with the necessary knowledge and skills to respond effectively to medical emergencies. Basic first aid training, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), can empower employees to take immediate action in critical situations.

Regular emergency drills and simulations can further enhance preparedness and ensure that employees are familiar with emergency procedures and the location of first aid resources. By fostering a culture of safety and preparedness, employers can mitigate risks and minimize the impact of workplace incidents on the health and well-being of their workforce.

Conclusion

Regulated first aid boxes are crucial for workplace safety in Singapore. Employers must adhere to regulations, invest in training, and foster a safety culture. Together, we can create a workplace where emergencies are managed effectively, ensuring the well-being of all employees.

Reference: https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/WSHA2006-RG4#pr4-