Case 261- Can you stock plasters in a first aid box?

Is stocking plasters in a first aid box against health and safety laws?

Issue

An employee recently cut their finger in the workplace and a colleague tried to obtain a plaster from the companies first aid kit however there were none within the kit! The employee asked a manager if they could restock them but she replied that due to Health and Safety reasons that they couldn’t stock these due to allergies for example.

Panel decision

There is no health and safety regulation which bans the provision of plasters, in fact HSE’s own guidance recommends that a first aid box should stock plasters. If the concern is about the small risk of allergic reaction to some types of plaster then this can be easily managed by stocking the hypoallergenic variety or simply asking the person being treated if they are allergic to plasters before they are applied.

Source: HSE