BS-8599 First Aid Kits

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New standards have been issued for the provision of First Aid within the workplace - BS 8599-1:2011

Over the last 14 years the first aid industry has complied with the guidelines as set out in the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations Approved Code of Practice 1997. This document outlined a range of advice to employers for the provision of first aid within the workplace. 

Over the past decade the requirement of the contents of a first aid kit has evolved and this has been recognised by the British Healthcare Trade Association who has worked, analysed and developed a solution that is fit for purpose in today's workplace environment.

It is anticipated that the HSE will change its Code of Practice and guidance to recommend the new BS-8599 standard kit content as the recommended content for employers, replacing the kit contents set out in 1997.

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When will the new standard come into force?

The old standard

What the law says

Why did we need a new standard?

The new contents explained

What size is required?

What kits are available?

 


When will the new standard come into force?

BS 8599 is effective from 30th June 2011, with a transitional introduction period until 31st December 2011.

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The old standard

This standard replaces the BHTA-HSE kits small (10), medium (20) and large (50) that are currently universally used in the UK, and are based on the HSE guidelines. The current BHTA standard was published in 1997 and is long overdue a review. The BHTA standard will be withdrawn form 31st December 2011.

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What the law says

The Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981 states:-

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

 

The new BS-8599 first aid kits are now the only safe and clear way for an employer to meet their obligations...

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Why did we need a new standard?

Despite many EU states having a national standard for workplace first aid kits, until now, the UK did not. The BHTA guidelines, established in 1997 were in need of revision because training protocols have changed, there are heightened concerns with infection control, and new technology is now available at affordable prices.

  • There were only one pair of gloves in a 10 person kit - yet 33 dressings.
  • There were 4 triangular bandages - even though the training protocols no longer indicate their use for immobilisation of lower limb fractures.
  • Burns gel dressings are extensively used in first aid - now very available and affordable.

The new kits have good quantities of plasters and wipes, a common criticism of the old ones.

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The new contents explained

BS-8599 CONTENTS FIRST AID KIT SIZES
  SMALL MEDIUM LARGE TRAVEL
Burn Relief Dressing 10cm x 10cm 1 2 2 1
Washproof Assorted Plasters 40 60 100 10
Eye Pad Dressing with Bandage Sterile 2 3 4 1
Foil Blanket Adult Size 1 2 3 1
Large HSE Dressing 18cm x 18cm Sterile Unboxed 1 2 2 1
Medium HSE Dressing 12cm x 12cm Sterile Unboxed 4 6 8 1
Nitrile Gloves Pair 6 9 12 1
Mouth to mouth Resuscitation Device with Valve 1 1 2 1
Finger Dressing with Adhesive Fixing 3.5cm 2 3 4 -
First Aid Guidance Leaflet 1 1 1 1
Conforming Bandage 7.5cm x 4m 1 2 2 1
Microporous Tape 2.5cm x 5m 1 1 1 1
Cleansing Wipes 20 30 40 4
Safety Pins Assorted 6 12 24 2
Single Use Triangular Bandage 90cm x 127cm 2 3 4 1
Universal Shears Small 6" 1 1 1 1
Eye Wash 250ml - - - 1

 

GLOVES

More quantity reflecting the need, and Nitrile type in line with NHS and St. John Ambulance guidelines. Plasters Sensible quantities, reflecting consumer demand.

 

WIPES

Increased quantities, reflecting consumer demand. New specification is sterile and now must meet the European CE marking rules.

 

MEDIUM AND LARGE DRESSINGS 

Fewer quantities, reflecting consumer demand.

 

TRIANGULAR BANDAGES

Quantities are reduced reflecting the change in training first aid protocol, where immobilisation of lower limbs using triangular bandages is no longer indicated.

 

FINGER DRESSINGS 

A smaller finger dressing is introduced specifically for finger injuries that are too large for first aid plasters, dressing complete with an easy-fix adhesive tab.

 

BURNS GEL DRESSING 
Every employer with as much as a kettle, must have a risk from burns. A modern burns gel dressing is added to meet this risk, together with a conforming bandage to attach and retain it.

 

ADHESIVE TAPE 
Many first aiders prefer not to use safety pins, where additional injury could potentially be caused, adhesive tape is an easy and inexpensive way to secure dressings and bandages. Safety pins are retained,
 
allowing users a choice of application.

 

SHEARS

Clothing around wound sites needs to be removed to allow first aid treatment. Shears, capable of cutting fabric and leather enable this removal.

 

FOIL EMERGENCY BLANKET
Clinical shock presents one of the most serious life threatening risks to a casualty, treatment includes keeping the casualty warm. The introduction of the foil survival blanket enables this.

 

MOUTH TO MOUTH RESUSCITATION DEVICE
The introduction of a mouth to mouth resuscitation device, incorporating a one way valve,  protects the first aider from infection from body fluid pathogens.

 

EYE WASH

Incorporated into the travel kit since fixed eye wash stations are unlikely to be available. The environment of a travelling worker is unpredictable and could include a risk to eyes.

 

FIRST AID GUIDANCE LEAFLET 

Conforming to the latest HSE guidance.

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What size is required?

Employers are required to make a risk assessment to decide what the hazard levels are and how many employees are involved in the area to be covered. There is a useful guide provided to help match this risk assessment to an appropriate size kit.

Category of hazard Number of Employees Size of First Aid Kit
Low hazard 
e.g. shops, offices, libraries etc.
Less than 25
25 – 100
more than 100
Small size kit
Medium size kit
1 Large kit per 100 employees
High hazard
e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture etc.
Less than 5
5 – 25
more than 25
Small size kit
Medium size kit
1 large kit per 25 employees










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What kits are available?

Workplace BS-8599 First Aid Kits:

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BS-8599 Small Kit
Standard Case
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BS-8599 Medium Kit
Standard Case
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BS-8599 Large Kit
Standard Case
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BS-8599 Small Kit
Aura Case
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BS-8599 Medium Kit
Aura Case
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BS-8599 Large Kit
Aura Case
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Catering BS-8599 First Aid Kits:

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BS-8599 Small Kit
Standard Case
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BS-8599 Medium Kit
Standard Case
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BS-8599 Large Kit
Standard Case
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BS-8599 Small Kit
Aura Case
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BS-8599 Medium Kit
Aura Case
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BS-8599 Large Kit
Aura Case
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Travel BS-8599 First Aid Kits:

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BS-8599 Travel Kit
Aston Box
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BS-8599 Travel Kit
Astbury Box
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BS-8599 Travel Kit
Stockholm Bag
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