First aid mythbusting: “Is it true that First Aider’s are not allowed to apply plasters?”

First aid mythbusting: “Is it true that First Aider’s are not allowed to apply plasters?”

A question that pops up regularly on our courses is: “Is it true that First Aider’s are not allowed to apply plasters?”

This is what the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has to say …..

“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.”

We hope to clear up some more First Aid myths over the next few weeks.

Feel free to ask us if you have any “Is it true?” questions about first aid!!

(public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence)
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