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British Standard First Aid Kit

Child First Aid

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…

  1.  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).


  1.  Based on risk, choose the appropriate British Standard First Aid Kit:


LOW RISK   Less than 25 employees

HIGH RISK   Less than 5 employees


LOW RISK   25-100 employees

HIGH RISK   5-25 employees


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”

Hope this helps


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Checking First Aid Kits (UK)

Green first kit equipmentWhen ever children and adults are on site and whenever they leave the building on official duties or trips they must have access to a first aid kit. This also relates to solo workers.

There are no set guidelines for checking kits, however it is advisable to check them on a regular basis to ensure they are fully stocked.

Planning frequency depends on use. A review of your accidents over the last twelve months for your first aid needs assessment will tell you how often each box or bag is used and it should highlight the type of accidents you are dealing with. Each box/bag is stocked with items that reflect this audit.

There is a recommended minimum for your kits which is shown on my website www.paulkenny.me This list is also available from the HSE website.

There are two lists:

When checking kits, the contents should be:

  • Within the use by date
  • Still sealed
  • Packaging intact
  • Stocked to match the number of bodies on site
  • Is water available close to the kit?

You can have what ever you want as long as you justify it with evidence from previous incidents.

Remember no pills, creams or potions.

Water needs to be available at all times so wall kits need to be mounted near or in the same room as a sink and portable kits need a small sealed, sterile water bottle. ‘Still’ water bottles with a sports nozzle are ideal but remember it needs to be sterile and sealed. Also if it is a bottle of water it needs a sticker on saying for First Aid or HSE use only.

As a company we check our first aid kits every Monday and record in each kit a completion list on a monthly checklist. Each week a different member of the team checks the kits as each one has additional items as well as the HSE Minimum to meet that area of use. By doing the rotation on staff checks, all staff get familiar with the kits in that room or area.

Each kit has copies of blank accident forms and Patient report forms as well as the monthly check tick sheet. We also have a monthly treatment spreadsheet for minor injuries where wipes or plasters are used and don’t need a full accident form. On playground duties this spreadsheet will be daily and must be stored in a folder in the office. The only people to access this should be recognized first aiders.

As a busy first aid company we check fixed wall kits weekly and our portable kits daily.

If you have mobile kits used everyday on playground duties then these should be checked daily and a small amount of regular used stock need to held on site. Don’t hoard dressings as they usually only have a short 3 to 4 year shelf life.

If you are a venue that does not have many incidents the minimum really should be monthly.

I have not mentioned the BS8599-1 kits here and will cover this in my next update.

Hope this helps.

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Can teachers remove a child’s splinter?

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have just released their latest myth buster panel results.

Case 299 – Can teachers remove a child’s splinter?

Enquirer asked if teachers can remove a child’s splinter?

Panel decision
Given that most schools will have competent, qualified first aiders, there is no reason at all why they should not remove splinters, if they are partly exposed and easily removed with tweezers. If splinters are deeply embedded then parents should be consulted and professional medical help sought.

Link as always is here.

Case 299 – Can teachers remove a child’s splinter? http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2014/case299-teachers-removing-childs-splinter.htm?eban=govdel-myths&cr=23-Jul-2014

Incident reporting in schools and Nurseries (accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences) Update

Accident 14   An ‘accident’ is defined as an unplanned and uncontrolled event that has (or could have) resulted in some sort of harm, The harm may be:

  • an injury (eg a cut or fracture)
  • an illness
  • a mental trauma

Major accidents are defined in the Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

I get a number of questions as to what should and should not be reported after an accident. Hopefully the attached HSE document should help. Make sure you read all the document to fully understand what should and should not be reported.

Always ensure that parents attention is brought to any accident involving a child.

Requirement to inform parents

The Early Years Foundation Stage requires providers, on the child’s admission, to seek parental permission for any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future. Provider must also inform parents of any accidents or injuries sustained by the child while the child is in their care and of any first aid treatment given. It does not give a timescale in which to do this but it is good practice to do this on the same day. This will normally be when the child is collected from the childcare provider. Most providers do this by asking parents to view the record of the accident or injury and to sign to say they have seen it. If you wish to use this type of approach you must also be aware of the data protection rules and not allow parents to view personal information other than that relating to their own child. The requirement to inform parents is more general than that to notify Ofsted and parents should be informed of any accident or injury especially where first aid is necessary. Where a child is picked up by someone other than the child’s parent, with the permission of the parent, we would normally accept that notifying this person is sufficient to satisfy this requirement. You may wish to establish this practice by including it in the information you give to parents. The Childcare Register does not specifically require you to inform parents, but it remains good practice to do so.

‘Serious accidents, injuries and deaths that registered providers must notify to Ofsted and local child protection agencies’ (A childcare fact sheet October 2011).

If accidents do occur they should be investigated to prevent them from happening again. The main points to consider when investigating accidents that have caused injuries or damage are:

  • ensure that accidents, especially serious ones, are reported immediately;
  • ensure any injured people are safe and given appropriate medical or first-aid treatment;
  • seal off the scene of the accident – this stops other people getting hurt and will save any evidence;
  • record the contact details of any witnesses;
  • take photographs or draw a sketch of the accident scene;
  • take witness statements – this should be in writing and done as soon aas possible;
  • find out what caused the accident and why it happened. Don’t just look at what caused the injury or damage, find the ‘root’ cause, ie the first event that occurred in the series of events that led to the injury or damage;
  • decide what you need to do to prevent the same accident happening again, and do it;
  • review the actions you have taken to ensure they are effective
  • make sure the accident form or book is filled in.

Remember an accident report is a legal document and as such should not be shared or given out without having an audit trail for any requests and ideally these should be made in writing. In some instances It might be advisable to check with your insurance company and or your governing body to ensure that they are happy for the information to be given out and shared. Remember you can’t refuse to show or share the information with parents but it is a legal document so therefore it is advisable to ensure you have an audit trail for such information requests.


Serious accidents, injuries and deaths that registered providers must notify to Ofsted and local child protection agencies Schoolaccidents

Accident Form


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I have attached a copy of the accident form available from the HSE website.

Click this link to download a sample accidentformv4

Remember to number each book and page.

These are available in tear out pages of 50 for £5.70 each.

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They are available at this link:




Toolbox Talk

Studenten halten Daumen hoch in der UniToolbox talks are a way of ensuring best practice in your workplace.

Since my post yesterday I have had a number of emails asking what a ‘Toolbox Talk’ is?

Toolbox talks are a way of disseminating information on a topic to a group of people you work with to make sure that everyone gets the same message, that they understand that message and in some instances you get them to sign to say they have read and understand that information. It is a way of ensuring that all staff follow best practice. The talk should be brief and presented during work time.

The recent document on Mongolian blue is a good example. Print the document attach a cover sheet with a toolbox number, attach a sheet with all the staff names and ask them to sign it when they have read it. Nominate a member of staff to coordinate the document and ensure that staff know they can go to that person to ask questions if they need to. The document and the information will take no more than 5 minutes to present in the staff room. Limit the document to two weeks on the notice board and then chase up any staff who have not read it and then when complete file it in a folder that must be accessible at all times.

If you number the documents sequentially you can track who has and who has not read the information.



Travel First Aid Kit contents update 2013

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I have below attached a copy of the latest guideline from the HSE in relation to travel first aid kits.

Remember to include this in your first aid needs assessment you have to complete for your workplace.

Travelling first-aid kit contents

There is no mandatory list of items to be included in first-aid kits for travelling workers. They might typically contain:

  • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work5);
  • six individually wrapped sterile plasters (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided, if necessary);
  • two individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
  • two safety pins;
  • one large sterile un-medicated dressing;
  • individually wrapped moist cleansing wipes;
  • two pairs of disposable gloves (see HSE’s leaflet Latex and you6).

The above should be considered as suggested contents lists only.

The above guidelines are found on page 32 of the document:

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

Updated 2013 available free from http://www.hse.gov.uk

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