First Aid Kits - BS 8599-1:2019

NEW BSi Standard for compliance in Workplace Environments BS 8599-1:2019 UPDATE

Updated First Aid Kits to ensure employees receive immediate attention if injured or taken ill at work.

BS 8599-1:2019 Explained - What you need to know?

The contents requirements of a first aid kit have continually evolved and first aid and medical equipment landscape has shifted considerably. Following a comprehensive review, the BSI (British Standards Institute) has undertaken a review and a NEW British Standard specification have been launched to update the contents of workplace first aid to BS 8599-1:2019.

They have been reviewed and amended to suit the modern workplace, the associated risks and to keep up to date with advances in first aid product and provision technology.

Are your First Aid Kits up to date?

Employers are required to carry out a risk assessment to decide what the hazard levels are and how many employees are involved in the area to be covered. The standard contains two key tables: one covering what should be contained in a workplace first aid kit and one providing information on the appropriate size of the kit for the workplace environment.

This encourages those responsible for first aid kits to build a comprehensive kit for common workplace requirements. This promotes employer and employee safety and helps first aiders and emergency responders provide treatment advice based on available resources.

Is your workplace up to date?

As a responsible employer, The Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981 states:

‘An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities are adequate and appropriate for the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.’

The new British Standard First Aid Kits BS 8599-1:2019 are a safe and clear way for an employer to meet their obligations.

We remove the difficulty for you in ensuring the contents of your first aid kit meet regulations. Our image indicates what your minimum legal requirements are, however, if you'd like specific advice or a custom compliant first aid kit including an AED, please get in touch.

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