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Gone are the days when you had to build your own first aid kit from scratch and be wary of every item that was important while building one. We have so many full-fledged, readymade first aid kits available in the market today. These include the 25 Person First Aid Kit and the the 10 Person First Aid Kit , also called the First Aid Only All Purpose First Aid Kit. These are obviously great alternatives when you don’t have the time to build your own first aid kit. In fact, they can very well be used in other cities where there’s no mandate to stick to a specified set of first aid kit regulations. However, they are certainly not a replacement to first aid kits that are compulsorily required to adhere to Dubai Municipality Regulations, depending upon whether you’re in an office or a home environment. As a result, these kits would land you in a fix and you would have to pay a penalty, should an inspection takes place. Nevertheless, you can always, in an old school manner, build your own first aid kid, choose supplies and add your own products. Only this time you would be complying to the Dubai Municipality Rules and Regulations. Here’s how!

Now, before we get into specifications, find a table below which lists down the requirements for each office type, depending upon the number of employees, according to the Dubai Municipality Regulations.

TABLE 1.1

The above table, as you can see, is very specific in terms of the types and number of items required in a first aid box, pertaining to the number of employees present in a work space, which at the same time also adheres to Dubai Municipality Regulations. In order to understand what all you need to add in a readymade first aid kit, available in commercial markets or online retail stores, let us closely look at the contents of both the 25 Person First Aid Kit and the 10 Person First Aid Kit, in the tables given below.

CONTENTS OF A 25 PERSON FIRST AID KIT (TABLE 1.2)

DESCRIPTIONPIECE COUNT
Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 3/4″ x 3″50
Aspirin Tablets12
BZK Antiseptic Towelettes12
Cold Pack, 4″ x 5″1
Conforming Gauze Roll, 2″1
Eyewash, 4oz1
Fingertip Fabric Bandages3
First Aid Guide1
First Aid Tape, 1/2″ x 5yd1
Knuckle Fabric Bandages2
Nitrile Exam Gloves2
Scissors1
Sterile Eye Pad 11
Sterile Gauze Pads, 2″ x 2″ 6
Sting Relief Wipes3
Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″1
Triangular Bandage, 40″ x 40″ x 56″1
Triple Antibiotic Ointment Packets, 0.5g6
Tweezers1

CONTENTS OF A 10 PERSON FIRST AID KIT (TABLE 1.3)

DESCRIPTIONPIECE COUNT
Adhesive Fabric Bandages, 3/4″ x 3″10
Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 1″ x 3″
Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 2″ x 4″
5
1
Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 3/4″ x 3″
Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 3/8″ x 1-1/2″
20
5
Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 7/8″ Round 10
Antibiotic Ointment Packets, 0.9g
10
3
Aspirin Tablets2
Butterfly Wound Closures
3 BZK Antiseptic Towelettes
3
6
Conforming Gauze Roll, 2″
Extra-Strength Non-Aspirin Tablets
1
2
First Aid Guide
First Aid Tape, 1/2″ x 5yd
1
1
First Aid Tape, 1/2″ x 5yd1
Ibuprofen Tablets
Nitrile Exam Gloves
2
2
Patch Plastic Bandages, 1½” x 1½”
Sterile Gauze Pads, 2″ x 2
1
4
Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″1

Having looked at all the three tables above, let us understand what’s missing and what’s not in both the 25 and the 10 Person First Aid Kits. This will enable us to further comprehend what exactly do we need to add in each of these kits to make a fully compliant First Aid Kit.

  1. Guidance Card- Both the kits have First Aid Guides.
  2. Plastic Band Aids- The 25 person kit has 50 plastic bandages whereas the 10 person kit has 41. Refer to Table 1.1 in order to tally the number of plastic bandages you need to add, in order to comply with the regulations, depending upon the number of employees you have in your work space.
  3. Adhesive Tapes– Both the kits have 1 First Aid Tape each.
  4. Gauze Bandages- Both the kits have 1 Conforming Gauze Roll of 2” each. However, they lack gauze rolls of 1” and 3”. You can, therefore, take a look at Table 1.1 and add the required number to your kit, while being aware of the number of employees.
  5. Gauze Pads- Both the kits have sterile Gauze Pads. The 25 person first aid kit has 6 sterile gauze pads and the 10 person kit has 4. You can tally these to the items given in Table 1.1 above and add or subtract the requisite number depending upon the number of employees.
  6. Oval Eye Pads- Oval eye Pads are missing in both the kits, thereby, meaning that you will have to add these as per Table 1.1 above, keeping in mind the number of employees in the work space.
  7. Triangular Bandages- The 25 person kit has 1 Triangular bandage whereas the 10 person kit has none. You can add triangular bandages, in each kit, keeping in mind the number of employees, while looking at Table 1.1 above.
  8. Ammonia Inhalant- Both the kits lack Ammonia Inhalant. Look at Table 1.1 to add this item.
  9. Eye Wash- The 25 person kit has an eyewash of 4 oz. However, the 10 person kit doesn’t contain any. Refer to Table 1.1 above to understand how many do you need to add and of what volume, depending upon the number of employees in the work space in order to be compliant.
  10. First Aid Cream- Both the kits have antibiotic ointments. The 25 person kit has 6 while the 10 person first aid kit has 3. If you look at Table 1.1, you will see that this is more than the number of first aid creams prescribed in every category of the number of employees.
  11. Calamine Lotion- Neither of the kits have a calamine lotion. You can add this item by referring to Table 1.1, as per the number of employees in your work space, which will also dictate the volume content the calamine lotion in your first aid kit must have.
  12. Cotton Tipped Applicators- Neither of the kits have this item. Refer Table 1.1 above to add this in your kit.
  13. Rescue Breather- Neither of the kits have this item. Refer Table 1.1 above to add this in your kit.
  14. Surgical Scissors- The 25 person kit does have a pair of scissors which is exactly the number you need as per the regulations, irrespective of the number of employees you have in the work space. However, the 10 person kit doesn’t have any.
  15. Antiseptic Solution- Neither of the kits have an antiseptic solution. Refer to Table 1.1 to know what volume of solution you need to add in your kit, commensurate with the number of employees in your work space, in order to be compliant.

The above breakdown must not be considered a substitution of professional medical advice and all caution must be taken. For a detailed clarification, contact Dubai Municipality or a licensed first aid technician.

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