Workplace First Aid Kits
Here at FirstAid4Less we regularly receive questions from our customers regarding what items they should be stocking within their first aid kits. Unfortunately this is a question we are unable to answer. There is no mandatory list and although the HSE offer guidance on items you may wish to consider, they have now taken the step to no longer suggest suitable quantities for these items.
This places the emphasis very much upon a workplace to carry out an assessment of needs to fully clarify exactly which first aid consumables they require. Every workplace is different and as such will require differing numbers of both first aiders and first aid kits. This is why there is no definitive legislation in place as each workplace will make a judgement based on likely workplace hazards and employee numbers.
Your first aid needs assessment will allow you to better understand the size, positioning and number of first aid kits you require. Factors that will come under consideration are
- Is your workplace low risk (office, library, shop) or high risk (engineering, construction, assembly)
- How close is your workplace positioned in relation to emergency medical treatment
- The size and experience of your workforce
- Any previous history of accidents
Another important factor to note is that there is no defined period when a first aid kit should be replaced. What you will need to consider is expiry dates of sterile items and be sure to immediately replace any used items. There is little point in having a workplace first aid kit if at the time of need half the contents are missing! With this in mind we do recommend you keep a first aid kit refill on site so that items can easily be replaced as and when required.
In July 2011 the British Standards Institute (BSI) in association with the British Healthcare Trades Association launched the new UK standard for first aid kits. These first aid kits are referred to as being BS8599-1 compliant and were created to cover the likely risks found in your average modern day workplace. Our BS8599-1 Compliant First Aid Kits provide a good starting point for any workplace and you may then deem it necessary following your needs assessment to supplement this kit with additional items specific to your circumstances.
Here at First Aid 4 Less we offer over 100 types of first aid kits with BS8599-1 kits available to purchase in traditional plastic cases, deluxe cases or robust aluminium cases. We also offer a range of premium branded Wallace Cameron BS8599-1 First Aid Kits supplied with premium Astroplast contents in a sleek modern case.