Here is the law as revised recently in relation to First Aid Kits.
Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 (revised 2013).
“An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.”
You have a choice when it comes to kits. You can buy an expensive kit to BS8599 standards or you can have a kit that meets the minimum that the HSE recommend. It is your choice.
Your kits must be based on your ‘First Aid Needs Assessment’
How to make sure you meet the new BS8599-1 Standard…
- Undertake a First Aid needs assessment:
LOW RISK (e.g. shops, offices, libraries etc.)
HIGH RISK (e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture etc).
- Based on risk, choose the appropriate British Standard First Aid Kit:
SMALL KIT USAGE GUIDELINES
LOW RISK Less than 25 employees
HIGH RISK Less than 5 employees
MEDIUM KIT USAGE GUIDELINES
LOW RISK 25-100 employees
HIGH RISK 5-25 employees
LARGE KIT USAGE GUIDELINES
LOW RISK 1 Large Kit per 100 employees
HIGH RISK 1 Large Kit per 25 employees
Remember Its your choice on the type of kit.
What does the HSE say?
“Employers may wish to refer to British Standard BS8599 which provides further information on the contents of workplace first aid kits. Whether using a first aid kit complying to BS8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of a first aid needs assessment”
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