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SMART snake bandage our innovative new product

Michael Tyrrell - Monday, December 07, 2015


Snakes and spiders are such a common occurrence in Australia that one would think they become just another part of life. However for some people, no matter how much exposure they have to snakes and spiders, they’ll forever remain frightened. Whilst snakes and spiders may install fear in some, we believe that an actual bite is truly terrifying. 

Knowing how to react and apply correct first aid immediately can be the difference between life and death. WHS First Aid KITS has teamed up with Survival Emergency Solutions and SSSafe to create the most versatile snake bandage that the market has even seen. This is a huge innovation and aims to ensure even the layman is prepared for an emergency! 

The graphics on the bandage help keep you calm because it shows what tension the bandage should have

Correctly Tensioned

Why is the correct pressure essential?

When applying a pressure immobilisation bandage, the correct tension is crucial so that you aren’t either applying:

    • - too much pressure and risking loss of limb, or 
    • - too little pressure and risking the spread of further poison through the body

Why do you need this?

Every household, workplace or person who spends time in the outdoors needs this bandage. For example, funnel web spiders are deadly. So are brown snakes. Every household, camper, workplace, adventurer must have this bandage so that they are prepared for any accidental bite. 

Other uses?

The SMART snake bandage also doubles as a compression bandage in your first aid kit for major wounds, sprains and strains. We recommend always having two with you so you can apply above and below the bite or wound.

What does the creator thing about this?

Craig Adams from SSSAFE is one of Australia’s leading snake experts. He states that “in snake bite emergencies, you need to act decisively, know what to do and have the best bandage at hand.”

The fine details

The SMART snake bandage is made out of a blend of woven cotton fabric. With non fraying edges. It is extremely durable and can be washed after use. The bandage is 2m by 10cm and weighs about 50grams. 

What's the damage to your back pocket?

Take advantage of this new release to the market and ensure your loved ones have access to a product that may one day save a life. The bandage is on sale for $8.95 and can be found here http://www.whsfirstaidkits.com.au/shop/first-aid-accessories/smart-snake-bandage

It's snake season! Our SMART snake bandage and how to win yourself one of our SMART bandages!!

Michael Tyrrell - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

For many of us in Australia, spring time means plenty of outdoor activities and adventures. Snakes and spiders also love the outdoors. You know they are out there!!

Often it is us entering their environment whilst hiking, camping or working in the outdoors. Snakes also enter our environments and regularly will make themselves at home in your back/front yard or  even your house!

The best thing to do is to make sure you are prepared. Craig Adams from SSsafe developed a SMART snake bandage with Survival. This bandage is super clever. It has a pictogram of a green rectangle in the middle of the bandage every few cm. When you are applying the correct amount of pressure, the rectangle will turn into a square. This helps any lay person to ensure they are applying just the right amount of pressure and that it is not too much (meaning you risk potential loss of limb) or too little (meaning you are letting through too much poison). 

If you have any questions about your resident snake, get in contact with your local expert, like Craig Adams from SSsafe (http://www.sssafe.com.au/ ph 0409 786 659).

Receive a free SMART bandage with every purchase until October 31st

For now, we are trying to help you be prepared in case you face a snake or spider emergency. We are offering a free SMART snake bandage with every purchase (limit of 1 SMART bandage per customer, per address) until October 31st 2015. 

Win one of 5 bundles of 2 x SMART snake bandage by entering our facebook competition

Also, check out our facebook page and like this post, share it and comment on it to enter a competition to win one of 5 bundles of 2x SMART snake bandages. 

It's snake season in Australia and we are giving away 2 x SMART Snake Bandages to 5 lucky people. Simply LIKE WHS First...

Posted by WHS First Aid Kits on Monday, October 19, 2015

Why do you need this workplace first aid kit?

Michael Tyrrell - Friday, September 26, 2014

Survival Workplace First Aid Kit – Buy a better first aid kit


Why do you need this kit?

Every workplace must have a compliant first aid kit under Safe Work Australia’s Workplace Health & Safety Code of Practice (“WHS”). This replaces the old Occupational Health & Safety laws that required every workplace to have either a type ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ class first aid kit. Depending on the number of employees you have and the range of hazards that your workplace faces, you may need a number of first aid kits to comply with the new laws. We can help answer all your questions.

In essence, the new code of practice is a national approach to unify the first aid requirements across all of Australia. Previously a NSW compliant first aid kit may not have been compliant with a Western Australian or South Australian compliant first aid kit. Now, you don’t need to worry if your workplace is nationally based.

If you are looking for Australia’s best first aid kit, then this is it. There are so many positives about this kit that you will not be disappointed. So what are the key benefits for a workplace?

  1. This kit is compliant with WHS laws - so if you are ever audited by WorkCover, you would meet the requirement of having a WHS compliant first aid kit
  2. Each individual first aid component is labeled – allowing your employees to easily locate items in an emergency
  3. Each label has a number on it – which allows you to ensure your first aid kits remains compliant by regularly restocking. We recommend restocking every 3-6 months or after a major emergency. This saves you money in the long term as you never need to buy another first aid kit, you will simply restock.
  4. Online restock portal – we have an online portal for you to restock your kits, making it easy to always remain compliant

  • Does every work vehicle need to have a first aid kit?
  • The short answer is yes. If your employees work out of a vehicle and are considered at work when in the vehcicle, then that constitutes a workplace. Your work would need to have either our:
  1. Workplace First Aid Kit, or
  2. Traveller First Aid Kit (medium sized, black first aid kit)

If you have any further questions, please contact our team by email at sales@whsfirstaidkits.com

Father's Day special - 10% off until August 31st

Michael Tyrrell - Sunday, August 17, 2014



Every father needs a First Aid KIT for their car, truck, 4WD, boat, caravan or man shed to ensure they are prepared for any emergency.

Surprise Dad this Father's Day with one of our new First Aid Bundles and get 10% OFF!

Receive 10% OFF All Products

Buy before August 31st and receive10% off on our entire range of products to ensure your Dad gets the best Father’s Day present. Simply use the code LOVEYOUDAD when checking out to receive 10% off your order.

Win one of 3 free handy kits - competition ends August 31st

Michael Tyrrell - Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Win one of three HANDY First  Aid Kits by:

1. liking our face book page, and 

2. sharing our post

Visit https://www.facebook.com/WHSFirstAidKits?ref=hl to enter. Competition ends August 31st

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What’s the best first aid kit to take on your surf trip?

Michael Tyrrell - Monday, July 07, 2014

With the combination of incredibly good winter weather and decent swell, there is no better way to spend your time exploring the coast in search of the perfect wave.

Wave 1

This winter I took a good mate of mine from Holland on a surf trip to some of the less travelled spots along the NSW East Coast. As we were heading to some remote locations, the workplace first aid kit or the home first aid kits and the emergency first aid handbook were the second things packed, after our surfboards of course!

Wave 2

Surfing remote beaches requires you to be prepared for any type of emergency. Whilst we were lucky enough not to experience any surfing accidents, we always carried our traveller first aid kit with us just in case. In this photo, one of the crew was thinking she was happy we were prepared!

Wave 3

Most of the camp grounds we visited are in the middle of national parks and only have the bare minimum facilities. As my friend is scared of snakes and spiders, he felt comforted when I showed him the new SMART snake bandage. After one demonstration, he was able to apply the correct pressure needed for any snake bite. Luckily for us, we only saw a few small snakes. We did see plenty of other wildlife including kangaroos, dolphins, whales and a wide array of birds.


You would've thought that we would need the first aid kit after this jump! A bruised arm from holding the go pro out and slapping the water was the worst injury of our trip! 


If you get a chance, get out there for an adventure and take advantage of our amazing country. We can't wait for our next surf trip. 

End of Financial Year 15% off all our products

Michael Tyrrell - Sunday, June 15, 2014

2014 EOFY special

The prices of our great kits will be increasing from July 1st 2014. To help prepare you for this increase, we are offering for the first time ever, a 15% discount on all our products.

This offer is valid until midnight June 30th 2014. All you need to do is use the code EOFY2014 when checking out to get the 15% discount.

We trust you will love this offer. The WHS Team.

15% Off All Products

Which first aid kit should you take to Patagonia?

Michael Tyrrell - Monday, January 06, 2014

What first aid kit should you take to Patagonia: El Calafate Argentina

Parque Nacional Los GlaciaresPicture 1: Glacier Perito Merino - Parque Nacional Los Glaciares 

El Calafate is the gateway to the rugged Patagonia region in southern Argentina. There are so many outdoor activities to participate in including:

  1. Hiking and camping,
  2. Rock climbing,
  3. Horse back riding,
  4. Kayaking & canoeing

Patagonia RiversPicture 2: Kayaking through the Patagonia rivers crossing between Chile and Argentina

With so many outdoor activities, you must have a comprehensive first aid kit. In summer, you can walk for days exploring your own way through the rugged country and sleeping in refugios. Some of these refugios are simply a roof over your head, whilst others have all you need including meals and hot water.

If you choose to walk and camp, you must make sure you are prepared. Take all the items you need including food, camping gear, safety and notify someone of your plans.

El Calafate GlacierPicture 3: Glacier Perito Merino 

What first aid kit do you need?

The handy kit will buy you a little more space, however it is not comprehensive enough to deal with the many types of emergencies you will be exposed to. If you are travelling with a bunch of people and you can share the load of carrying a first aid kit, the Workplace First Aid Kit would be ideal. 

If you are travelling by yourself or only with one other person, I recommend taking the traveller first aid kit for any trek in Patagonia. Make sure to include antiseptic liquid, a couple of extra foil blankets to deal with the cold and blister protection and prevention.

You will be exposed to extreme weather changes, even in the summer months. The country is so rugged and you will often find yourself alone for hours on end. Be as prepared as possible. 

Salt flat adventures, Uyuni, Bolivia

Michael Tyrrell - Monday, December 23, 2013

Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Key facts

Cost: Approximately 1250 Bolivianos ($204 AUD)

Time needed: 2 nights/3 days

Items you must take: Sunscreen, warm clothes for night, medications for travellers diarrhea, Handy or Traveller first aid kit.

Where is it?

You depart from Uyuni, which is a 10-12 hour bus ride from La Paz. There is a 40 minute flight from La Paz to Uyuni. I took the bus as it was significantly cheaper than flying.

Who should you go with?

I read lots of reviews on many different companies. Most reviews were mixed with many complaints about poor guides and dangerous driving from drivers who were allegedly drunk.

I chose Red Planet as they had the best reviews at the time, with the drivers reported to be very safe and the guide, Carlos, enthusiastic and he spoke good English. I’ve since been informed that drivers are not contracted to one company, so it may be a bit hit and miss with whom you get.

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Where do you go?

Day 1: From Uyuni you head to a train cemetery which contains old trains from the mining days. From here you visit a salt town where you see how they refine the salt extracted from the flats. You then head into the salt flats to have some fun with your photography skills. The last part of the day involves visiting fish island which is a large island in the middle of the salt flats.

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Day 2: Involves a lot of driving and a lot of stops visiting different lagoons on the way to the 5000m peak of a volcano. With Red Planet, you stay at about 4400m in a refuge next to a hot spring. Most companies do the hot spring in the morning of the 3rd day where the spring was very crowded. I did the hot spring at night with our group of 12 and we had it to ourselves. There was a spectacular lightning show followed by the moon rising over the mountains.

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Day 3: Consists of a lot of driving if you are going all the way back to Uyuni. I only had to drive 2 hours south to the border of Chile where I caught a connecting bus to San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour). The others had a 6-7 hour drive back to Uyuni.

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Positives and Negatives


  1. Amazing and diverse scenery
  2. Photographer’s paradise
  3. Great guide and driver helped to make this tour
  4. My tour did the hot springs at night which means you get it to yourselves
  5. My guide was well prepared for any altitude problems by carrying oxygen

Salt Flats, Bolivia


  1. A lot of time is spent in the car
  2. Some of the accommodation options don’t have running water which made the bathrooms not the nicest
  3. If you haven’t acclimatised to high altitude you may experience problems when staying at 4400m

Safety on the trip

On questioning, my guide told me that most safety issues involve crashes where drivers lose control due to high speeds or substance use. He also reported a number of head on crashes due to visibility issues and drivers getting disoriented and lost in the salt flat desert.

Which first aid kit should you take?

Most of the travellers in my group had upset stomachs at some stage during the tour. Pack enough toilet paper and store medications recommended by your doctor in the personal space section of your Handy or Traveller first aid kit.


  1. If you visit Bolivia, this is a must do tour
  2. Choose a reliable company with safe drivers and decent 4wds
  3. Altitude, sunburn and upset stomachs will likely be your biggest issues. Add your required extras into the personal space section of your Traveller or Handy first aid kit

Bolivia - Anacondas and Alligators in the Amazon

Michael Tyrrell - Friday, December 20, 2013

Amazon Pampas Tour, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia


Key Facts

Cost: Approximately 600 Bolivianos ($97AUD)

Time needed: 2 nights/3days

Items you must take: Lots of DEET, Sunscreen, and long lightweight clothes, toilet paper, Traveller or Survival First Aid KIT with SMART snake bandage 

Where is it?

You depart from Rurrenabaque which is a 40 minute flight from La Paz or 20-24

hours by bus, depending on the weather. I opted for the flight which costs between $75-$100 AUD. 

It is a 3 hour bumpy 4WD from Rurrenabaque to the starting point for the Pampas tour. 


Who should you go with?

There are many different tour operators who basically do the exact same tour. The only difference is the accommodation, which didn’t appear to vary that much. I went with Fluvial who are considered a budget option. There are mid range and luxury options. 

Alligator in Bolivia

Positives and Negatives


·      Amazing scenery and wildlife

·      Good food

·      Significantly cheaper than other Amazon options 


·      With the low cost option, the guide usually has basic English

·      Mosquitoes

·       The drive to and from Pampas was very uncomfortable

·      The guide did not have a first aid kit and there were no safety procedures in place 

What did I see?

·      Sloth

·      Baby anaconda

·      The biggest rodent in the world

·      Toucans and plenty of other birds

·      Pink dolphins, including swimming with them

·      Alligators

·      Caymans

·      Monkeys

·      1000s of mosquitoes

Which first aid KIT should you take?

The Traveller First Aid KIT with the new SMART snake bandage and added insect repellent and sunscreen will cover your needs. 

Amazon Monkey


·      If you are properly prepared for the mosquitoes, then everything else is worth it

·      You search for snakes through the wetlands wearing gumboots. There are cobras, anacondas and many more snakes. I recommend taking the new SMART snake bandage with you on this walk

·      Locals report that malaria is not an issue but there have been some rare cases of Dengue fever. Consult with your doctor before heading here to make sure you limit your risks

·      Watch out for alligators and caymans that hang out under your accommodation

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