The new BS 8599 standard for the First Aid Box

Green first kit equipment

I am getting a lot of questions in relation to the new BS 8599 standard for a First Aid Box.

Do need to make sure your first aid box complies with the new standard?

The answer is below.

This taken off the HSE.gov.uk website.

‘There is a British Standard BS 8599 for first aid kits, 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 is dependent on an employers first aid needs assessment.

This means for employers following a needs assessment the options are:

1. Within your workplace you have access to a first aid kit whose contents complies with BS 8599 and matches or exceeds the findings from your needs assessment;

or

2. Within your workplace you have access to a first aid kit whose contents matches the findings from your needs assessment but does not comply with the requirements of BS 8599’.

As usual here is the website link:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/faqs.htm#first-aid-for-the-public

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