WHAT SHOULD A FIRST-AID BOX IN THE WORKPLACE CONTAIN?

THE CURRENT PUBLISHED GUIDANCE FROM HSE IS AS FOLLOWS:

1  There is no mandatory list of items to be included in a first-aid container. The decision on what to provide will be influenced by the findings of the first-aid needs assessment. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:
■ a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example, HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work5);
■ individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided if necessary);
■ sterile eye pads;
■ individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
■ safety pins;
■ large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
■ medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
■ disposable gloves (see HSE’s leaflet Latex and you6).

2 Employers may wish to refer to British Standard BS 8599 which provides further information on the contents of workplace first-aid kits. Whether using a firstaid kit complying with BS 8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of the first-aid needs assessment.

Travelling first-aid kit contents

3 There is no mandatory list of items to be included in first-aid kits for travelling
workers. They might typically contain:
■ a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work5);
■ individually wrapped sterile plasters (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided, if necessary);
■ individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
■ safety pins;
■ large sterile un-medicated dressing;
■ individually wrapped moist cleansing wipes;
■ disposable gloves (see HSE’s leaflet Latex and you6).

THE BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTE HAS THE FOLLOWING TO ADD:

There are two standards…

BS 8599-2:2014. First aid kits. Specification for the contents of motor vehicle first aid kits

BS 8599-2:2014. First aid kits. Specification for the contents of motor vehicle first aid kits

CONTENTS OF BRITISH STANDARD COMPLIANT (BS 8599-1)
FIRST AID KITS FOR THE WORKPLACE

CONTENTS

SMALL 

MEDIUM

LARGE

TRAVEL

F/A guidance leaflet 1 1 1 1
Medium sterile dressing 4 6 8 1
Large sterile dressing 1 2 2 1
Triangular dressing 2 3 4 2
Safety pins 12 12 24 12
Eye dressing 2 3 4  1
Adhesive dressings 40 60  100 20
Sterile wet wipe 20  30 40  4
Microporous tape 1 1 1  1
Nitrile gloves – pair 6  9 12 1
Face shield  1  2 3  1
Foil blanket 1 2 3 1
Burn dressing 10 x 10cm 1 2  2 1
Clothing shears 1 1  1 1
Conforming bandage  1 2 2 1
Finger dressing 2 3 4 0
Sterile eyewash 250ml  0 0 0 1

 

CONTENTS OF BRITISH STANDARD COMPLIANT (BS 8599-2)
FIRST AID KITS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

CONTENTS

SMALL

MEDIUM

LARGE

F/A guidance leaflet 1 1 1
Medium trauma dressing 1 1 2
Large trauma dressing 1
Triangular dressing 1 2
Adhesive plaster 5 10 20
Adherent dressing large 1 2
Sterile wet wipe 5 10 20
Sterile dressing ambulance 1 2
Nitrile gloves – pair 1 2 5
Face shield 1 1 2
Foil blanket 1 3
Burn dressing 10 x 10cm 1 2 4
Clothing shears 1 1 1

THE TYPE OF VEHICLE & THE SIZE OF THE VEHICLE FIRST AID KIT REQUIRED

NUMBER OF PASSENGERS/VEHICLE TYPE

SMALL

MEDIUM

LARGE

1-3 Motorcycles, mopeds, quads 1
1-8 Cars, vans, taxis & commercial vehicles 1
1-16 Minibuses, small buses 1
17+ Buses, coaches 2