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First Aid Kits

First Aid KitA first aid kit should be kept in an easily accessible location at every place of work. The container should be clearly identified by a white cross on a green background and should also protect the contents from dust and damp.

NEW First Aid Kits

Following consultation with the HSE, a new British Standard for workplace first aid kits (BS-8599-1) has now been introduced.

The new kits have been designed by industry experts and include a variety of new pieces of first aid equipment to reflect the modern workplace. The kits now include additional sensible items such as scissors, adhesive tape, burns dressings and sterile saline wipes.

Available in small, medium and large sizes, these new kits allow an employer to match the needs of their business with the correct first aid provisions.

Recommended First Aid Kit Contents exceeding HSE rcommendations

Recommended Kit Sizes

Recommended size of kit Small Medium Large
Lower Risk: e.g. Offices, shops and libraries etc. Less than 25 employees 25-100 employees More than 100 employees
Higher Risk: e.g. Food processing, assembly work, warehousing, engineering, construction, manufacturing etc. Less than 5 employees 5-25 employees More than 25 employees


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

To buy a BS-8599-1 Workplace First Aid Kit today, Call 0845 5191 999 or email

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