First Aid Box Contents Update 1st October 2013


Child First Aid

Below is the latest update as of the 1st October 2013 from the HSE in regard to first aid box contents. There is another update on the contents of a travel first aid kit.

Remember the contents are dependent on the completion of the first aid needs assessment tool available earlier in my website. ALL business / workplaces in the UK have to complete a first aid needs assessment relevant to their workplace. Where shared occupancy of a building takes place a signed agreement needs to produced by all parties concerned as to the first aid needs for that room or building.

1 There is no mandatory list of items to be included in a first-aid container. The decision on what to provide will be influenced by the findings of the first-aid needs assessment. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:

  • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example, HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work;
  • 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided if necessary);
  • two sterile eye pads;
  • two individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
  • six safety pins;
  • two large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
  • six medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
  • at least three pairs of disposable gloves (see HSE’s leaflet Latex and you6).

2 Employers may wish to refer to British Standard BS 8599 which provides further information on the contents of workplace first-aid kits. 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.


The link is: Page 32 of FAWguide14


The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulations update 2013.

This is available as a free download from



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