There is a British Standard BS 8599 for first aid kits in the workplace, it is not a regulatory requirement under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 to purchase kits that comply with this standard. Instead the contents of a first aid box are dependent on an employer’s first aid needs assessment. For guidance here is a table of BS 8599-1 standard (published in June 2011), which recommends the correct number of particular components for small, medium, large or travel-size kits depending on the size of the organisation and level of risk.
Whether using a first-aid kit complying with BS 8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of the first-aid needs assessment.
First-aid containers should be easily accessible and preferably placed near to hand-washing facilities identified by a white cross on a green background.
The contents of first-aid containers should be examined frequently and restocked soon after use. Sufficient supplies should be held in stock on site. Care should be taken to dispose of items safely once they reach their expiry date.
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