First Aid Facilities in Workplaces in Brunei Darussalam for 2013-2014Kyaw Naing Win1*, and Hjh Sri Suriyati Shamsiana Binti Haji Bujang2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Win KN,
Occupational Health Division
Ministry of Health, Environmental Health Services
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam BA 131
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 31, 2015 Accepted date: November 30, 2015 Published: December 7, 2015
Citation: Win KN, Haji Bujang HSSSB (2015) First Aid Facilities in Workplaces in Brunei Darussalam for 2013-2014. Occup Med Health Aff 3:221. doi: 10.4172/2329-6879.1000221
Copyright: © 2015 Win KN, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Introduction: First aid is a well-established way to improve the management of medical emergencies. It is commonly used to minimize consequences resulting from injuries or illnesses until care from a nurse or doctor is available. The provision of first aid is especially important in workplaces where adult spend a quarter of their lives. The main aim and objective of this study is to determine the availability and condition of first aid facilities in workplaces in Brunei Darussalam for 2013-2014.
Methods: Occupational Health Division, Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam conducted routine periodic inspection at various workplaces using a checklist. Information on first aid facilities was gathered from the checklist collected during the visits for the year 2013-2014. The information collected includes demographic profile of the study sample (type of industries and type of services), availability of first aid box, first aid room and first aider.
Results: A total of 125 inspection visits were done for the year 2013-2014. The majority of these workplaces visited are of private service, 93 (74.4%). In addition to that, out of 125 workplaces, 46 (36.8%) of the first aid boxes are in satisfactory conditions, 25 (20.0%) provide first aid room and 21 (16.8%) has sufficient first aiders.
Conclusions: The first aid facilities in workplaces in Brunei Darussalam are mostly of unsatisfactory conditions especially those in private services and the first aid system needs improvement. As a recommendation, awareness of the importance of an effective first aid system is needed amongst employers and employees.