First Aid Kits

 
 

There is a British Standard BS 8599 for first aid kits, it is not a regulatory requirement under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 to purchase kits that comply with this standard although many companies will have you believe it is. Instead, the contents of a first aid box are dependent on an employer’s first aid needs assessment.

 

This means for employers following a needs assessment the options are:

 

1. Within your workplace you have access to a first aid kit whose contents complies with BS 8599 and matches or exceeds the findings from your needs assessment;

 

or

 

2. Within your workplace, you have access to a first aid kit whose contents matches the findings from your needs assessment but does not comply with the requirements of BS 8599.

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