NZ First Aid Kits Installed in 7000 Australian Workplaces
Date: 7th May
NZ Designed First Aid Kits Installed in 7000 Australian Workplaces
A New Zealand designed system of managed first aid kits has become a roaring business success on both sides of the Tasman. Over 7000 of the kits are now being serviced in Australian workplaces, which together with the 4000 in place in New Zealand, make the system one of the most successful Kiwi occupational health and safety innovations.
According to Gavin Smith, New Zealand manager of ALSCO First Aid and the designer of the tailor made managed first aid system, an increasing number of Australasian businesses are now opting for this type of system.
He says: `They elect to contract their first aid kit management to an all in one rental service because the DIY approach doesn’t meet the stringent OSH or Australian state requirements. We’re also providing managed vehicle kits, eyewash stations and defibrillators.’
Gavin adds: `We have grown this Kiwi developed service so that we are the only true Australasian provider. We are picking up regional and national organisations, as well as smaller owner operators, because of their need or desire to standardise systems.’
In a newly launched initiative ALSCO First Aid has sold 1000 first aid training places. The training programme complements the First Aid services providing compliance over a three-year contract.
Gavin explains: ` A lot of businesses don’t realise how much they spend managing their first aid kits and training overall. It’s false economy just to consider supplies alone. They don’t know if their kit is being serviced to the correct standards if it has been allocated to a staff member, or how robust their internal auditing ability is. But many businesses now prefer to have it all done for them, and know that they are meeting relevant OSH requirements. Our managed rental programme for around a dollar a day per kit removes the need to supply and check the kit yourself.’
ALSCO, originally the New Zealand Towel Supply Company, has been providing services to New Zealanders for over 100 years. It specialises in providing fully managed rental, leasing and laundry services for linens and uniforms, washroom and hygiene products, business consumables and managed first aid systems.
The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of ALSCO Inc, a family owned company which employs 2500 people in Australasia and 15000 people worldwide.