We’ve received a number of requests for information via the website regarding content of a first aid kit and this subject has always been the source of much debate on training courses over the years!
In January 2012, the original HSE / BHTA guidance for first aid kit contents was revoked at the same time a new BRITISH STANDARD WORKPLACE FIRST AID KIT was introduced. The HSE and BHTA were involved with the development of the BS 8599 standard.
So what’s changed?…
Well here’s the precis! Less of the items we use least (large bandages, slings), more of the things we use more of (gloves, wipes, plasters) and additional items that are newer to the market than the inception of the original guidance.
- CPR barrier/shield – as PPE
- Nitrile gloves – (not latex) to reduce allergy risk
- Foil blanket – to help with shock treatment
- Hydrogel burns dressing
- Tufcut scissors – to cut clothing / dressings
- Micropore tape – to fix dressings
- Finger dressings
- Conforming bandage – such as those used for sprains
*N.B. The HSE state that it is NOT a regulatory requirement to upgrade your kits. However, a risk assessment will have to deem your current or adapted provision appropriate for your workplace.
So What do I need to do?…
Decide whether your current kit is sufficient and produce a risk assessment to justify decision OR purchase an “upgrade pack” at the cost of approx £8 and add it to your current kit(s).
“Our viewpoint at ATS is that the new standard is a much needed review and the changes are ALL useful and useable!”
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