First aid kits and defibrillators

Find out more about how to purchase first aid kits and defibrillators.

First aid kits

Staff information: buying and maintaining first aid kits and AEDs

First Aid kits at the University are bought, replenished and maintained locally by schools and departments.

Buying First Aid kits and supplies

HSW recommend the following, which are able to be purchased via NetXpress or Red Cross:

Content of a first aid kit

Additional information about your first aid kits

  • Contents: Kits should be checked at least monthly taking note of the expiry dates of supplies
  • Spares: It's handy to keep spares of items that run out quickly e.g. plasters. Store separately. Remember the expiry dates
  • Specialised areas: For labs and other specialised areas such as catering areas, you would additionally have items that relate to the hazards, such as eye wash stations or urn dressings. A risk assessment is necessary to determine needs - the HSW team can help you with this 
  • Over-the-counter pain relief: These items should not be kept in kits
  • Unreported use of items: If this is high, you should investigate 
  • Signage: Install signage to show who the first aider is and how to contact them


Buying AEDs and supplies

HSW recommend the following, which are able to be purchased via NetXpress or Red Cross:      

  • If you have a different make/model, please contact HSW for advice on replacement parts      
  • If you purchase an AED please inform HSW to enable it to be added to the University’s data base
  • HSW will also set up reminders for battery and pad replacement dates         
  • It is recommended to purchase a carry sleeve and AED prep kit to accompany any AED
  • Defibrillators should be checked weekly to ensure they are operational 

AED status lights

To show that the AED is ready for use, it will display an icon. This may be a green flashing light, solid colour, a tick or the word 'OK'. If it is not displaying this symbol, something may be wrong with the machine.

Daily Checks:

Simply check that the AED is in its correct position and the status light shows it is ready for use

Monthly Checks:

Check the unit for any damage, ensure the battery and pads are within their use by date and that the accessory equipment is present. Record these checks on the form below and keep this in a safe place, usually in the AED cabinet.

Document Control
Version: 2.0
Last Updated: June 2023
Next Review: June 2026
Approver: Associate Director, Health Safety & Wellbeing