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Does your First Aid kit leave you exposed? - Apr 2012

Does your First Aid kit leave you exposed? - Apr 2012

You could be held responsible for medication being misused or taken unsafely.

Painkillers (analgesics) are drugs requiring appropriate medical supervision and, despite their ready availability, should only be dispensed by persons with training in the administration of non-prescription medications.

Employees should be responsible for carrying and dispensing their own prescribed or over-the-counter medications. These drugs have been shown to be the major source of abuse and pilfering of first aid kits.

If over-the-counter painkillers must be kept at the workplace, then it would be wise to leave them in the control of a trained first aider, who is responsible for keeping the medication in a locked and secure place.

A stringent policy should be drafted to regulate access to the medication and records should be kept of all distributions to workers.

You should also consider whether your drug and alcohol policy is sufficient to deal with the inappropriate use of such over-the-counter medication.

However, the best policy is to have an analgesic-free first aid kit