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close this bookThe Organization of First Aid in the Workplace (ILO, 1999, 70 p.)
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close this folderAnnex IV. First-aid boxes
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1. Belgium

(Royal Decree 25 October 1971, article 6) - Contents of medicine chests or first-aid kits as well as the individual kits prescribed by article 178 of the present section.

I. Minimum contents of medicine chests or first-aid kits

a. Articles in fixed numbers

1. Elastic tourniquet (width 5 cm): one.
2. Airway: one.
3. Stainless steel scissors (length 14 cm): one pair.
4. Instructions: “Emergency care before the doctor arrives”.

b. Articles in variable numbers

Depending on the nature of the work and the number of workers, per fraction or multiple of:

- ten industrial workers, with a maximum of three multiples;
- fifty non-industrial workers with a maximum of two multiples.

1. Packets of sterile bandage:

- two packets with bands of gauze measuring 2 m by 5 cm and pads measuring 10 cm by 7 cm;

- one packet with a gauze band measuring 2 m by 7 cm and a pad measuring 14 cm by 12 cm.

2. Triangular sterile bandage:

- one with dimensions of 90, 90 and 127 cm.

3. Strips of light cambric:

- two with a minimum length of 5 m and a width of 5 cm;
- two with a minimum length of 5 m and a width of 7 cm.

4. Compressed absorbent cotton:

- two packages with a net weight of 20 grams.

5. Silk adhesive bandage:

- one roll with a minimum length of 5 m and a width of 2.5 cm;
- one roll with a minimum length of 5 m and a width of 1.25 cm.

6. Sterile prepared bandage:

- either one strip with a minimum length of 1 m and a width of 6 cm or an assortment of various widths with a total length of 1 m.

7. Antiseptic solution:

- 1 per cent of iodine or at least 50 vol. per cent alcoholic chlorhexidine digluconate or any solution considered equivalent: 30 ml in one or more sealed bottles or ampoules (with file).

8. Stainless steel safety pins:

- ten (boxed or on a card).

II. Minimum contents of the individual first-aid kit

1. Packets of sterile dressing, with absorbent gauze strips at least 2 m long and 7 cm wide: two.

2. Triangular sterile dressing: one with dimensions of 90, 90 and 127 cm.

III. Remark

The articles enumerated under 1 and II above as well as their packaging shall satisfy the requirements of the Belgian Pharmacopoeia (5th edition).