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New standards for Workplace First Aid kits-BS-8599-1 Compliant

BS-8599-1 Compliant First Aid kits for the workplace has been introduced from 30th June 2012.

Which Kit Do I Require?

Category of Risk - Number of employees - Quantity and Size of First Aid Kit

Lower Risk i.e.
Shops & Offices, Libraries etc.
Less than 25 employees
1 x Small Kit

25-100 employees
1x Medium kit

More than 100 employees
1x Large kit per 100 employees

High Risk i.e.
Engineering, assembly, food processing,
warehousing, construction, chemicals etc.
Less than 25 employees
1x Small kit
25-100 employees
1x Medium kit
More than 100 employees
1x Large Kit per 25 employees

BS-8599-1 is the new British Standard that specifies the contents that must be included in workplace first aid kits, and provides guidance as to the size of kit required for a given workplace environment, based on the number of employees and the level of risk present.

What Are The Specific Changes?

• Increased numbers of gloves, which now need to be Nitrile material. The old kits had only one pair of gloves and 29 dressings.
• Fewer Triangular Bandages, which are no longer used for the immobilisation of lower limb injuries.
• The introduction of a new smaller dressing specifically for finger injuries that are too large for first aid plasters. Previously the smallest dressing was 12cm square, making it impractical for finger injuries.
• The introduction of a spool of tape to secure bandages without the use of safety pins.
• The introduction of modern wet gel type burns dressings and a conforming bandage to secure it.
• The introduction of first aid shears, to cut clothing away from an injury site.
• The introduction of an eye wash bottle into the travel kit, recognising that running water or fixed eye wash stations are unlikely to be available to workers travelling away from the workplace.
• The introduction of a resuscitation device providing protection for first aiders giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
• The addition of a foil survival blanket to provide means to keep a casualty warm, particularly in cases of clinical shock.