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 http://www.hse.gov.uk