FIRST AID BOXES

First Aid Boxes

First Aid kits should be identified by a white cross on a green background as demonstrated by the sign to the left.

The first aid sign is a visible indicator that emergency first aid assistance is close by or in the direct vicinity of the sign, it is universally recognised.

The colouring of the sign meets the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, Which denotes that the green colouring indicates a safe situation.

It is fair to say that there are countries in the world use a red version of the sign, where the cross is red on a white background, in most cases, this symbol’s usage is illegal. It is only to be used in specific facilities that care for injured armed forces, according to the Geneva Conventions.

In addition to these signs, there are many different signs associated with different specific types of first aid, such as a science lab emergency eyewash station.

The British Healthcare Trade Association worked with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to create a British Standard for first aid kits in the workplace to ensure that first aid provision is adequate and appropriate.

These kits are referred to by the The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 – Guidance on Regulation document. The document states:

‘Employers may wish to refer to British Standard BS 8599 which provides
further information on the contents of workplace first-aid kits.’

The contents of these kits take into account more modern and functional products, encompassing a wider range of common workplace risks, and are therefore more comprehensive than the previous HSE compliant kits.

BS8599-1:2019 sets out new minimum content standards which workplace first aid kits should conform to, all the first aid kits available in our shop conform to these standards.

In addition to the contents of the first aid box, the BS8599-1:2019 standards also give recommendations on the size and number of first aid kits necessary for different workplace environments. These recommendations are based on the category of risk and the number of employees in the workplace.

Should the risk or numbers of employees deem it necessary, the minimum contents set out in the standard can be supplemented by additional items appropriate to the hazards identified by the First Aid Needs Risk Assessment, for example increasing the number of burn dressings where there is a significant risk of a burn injury.

BS 8599-1:2019 Compliant First Aid kit

BS 8599-1 was updated in January 2019 to become BS 8599-1:2019.

This update slightly altered the quantities of certain components within Workplace First Aid Kits, as well as introducing other compliant kits.

What Size kit do I need?

The size of the kit required is dependent on a combination of he level of risk and the number of employees in the workplace.

Our table below provides guidance for employers BUT does not replace the requirement to carry out a First Aid Needs Risk Assessment.

Level of Risk

Small

Medium

Large

Lower Risk:
e.g. Offices, shops and libraries etc.

1 – 24 employees

25 – 100
employees

100+ employees
(1 per 100)

Higher Risk:
e.g. Food processing, assembly work, warehousing, engineering, construction, manufacturing etc

1 – 4 employees

5 – 25
employees

25+ employees
(1 per 25)

Special circumstances also need to be considered such as:

  • Remoteness from medical services,
  • Special hazards such as the use of hydrofluoric acid, and
  • Sites with several buildings.

In these situations there may need to be more first aid kits than set out in the table above.

Contents of a BS 8599-1:2019 First Aid Kit
BS8599-1:2019 Compliant Contents

Small

Medium

Large

Paediatric

First aid guidance leaflet

1

1

1

1

Contents List*

1

1

1

1

Disposable gloves

6

9

12

6

Resuscitation face shield

1

2

3

1

Water Resistant plasters
(Blue plasters for food handlers)

40

60

100

40

Medium sterile dressing (12 x 12 cm)

2

4

6

4

Large sterile dressing (18 x 18 cm)

2

3

4

2

Low Adherent dressings (5cm x 5cm)**

5

Low Adherent dressings (10cm x 10cm)**

5

Eye pad sterile dressing

2

3

4

2

Finger sterile dressing

2

3

4

1

Burn dressing (10 x 10 cm)

1

2

2

Triangular bandage

2

3

4

4

Conforming bandage (7.5 cm wide)

1

2

2

2

Alcohol free moist cleaning wipes

20

30

40

Safety pins*

6

12

24

6

Adhesive tape (2.5 cm wide)

1

2

3

1

Emergency Foil blanket

1

2

3

1

Sterile eye wash (20ml)**
(If no access to ta water,
have 1 litre available)

10

Clothes Removers (Scissors)

1 Pair

1 Pair

1 Pair 1 Pair

Biohazard Bin bag*

1

2

3

1

Disposable Apron*

1

2

3

1

Tweezers*

1 Pair

1 Pair

1 Pair

1 Pair

*Additional recommended items
**Childcare First Aid kits not BS8599-1:2019 Workplace kits.

BS 8599-2:2019 Travel and Motoring Compliant First Aid kit

The new British Standard, BS8599-2:2019 has updated the previous Travel First Aid kits to become Travel and Motoring First Aid Kits.

Travel and Motoring First Aid Kits are designed to be easily transportable and stored in any company vehicles. The kits should be used by any employee working away from their employers workplace.

What Size kit do I need?

Number of Passengers/Vehicle type:

Small

Medium

Large

1 to 3 Passengers
(Motorcycles, mopeds, quads)

1

1 to 8 Passengers
(Cars, vans, taxis & commercial vehicles)

1

1 to 16
(Minibuses, small buses)

1

17 or more Passengers
(Buses and coaches)

2
Contents of a BS 8599-2:2019 First Aid Kit
BS8599-2:2019 Compliant Contents

Small

Medium

Large

First aid guidance leaflet

1

1

1

Contents List*

1

1

1

Disposable gloves

1

2

5

Medium trauma dressing

1

1

2

Large trauma dressing

1

Triangular bandage

1

2

Water Resistant plasters

5

10

20

Adherent dressing large

1

2

Alcohol free moist cleaning wipes

5

10

20

Medium sterile dressing (12 x 12 cm)

1

2

Resuscitation face shield

1

1

2

Emergency Foil blanket

1

3

Burn dressing (10 x 10 cm)

1

2

4

Clothes Removers (Scissors)

1

1

1

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