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Workplace first aid kit contents and supplies checklist

The contents of your first aid kit should be guided by your first aid needs assessment, this should take into account the level of hazards, workplace environment and number of employees.

A basic workplace first aid kit should include:

  • • Plasters: Used for small cuts and grazes
  • Dressings: Used to apply pressure to larger wounds and help to stop bleeding
  • Bandages: Used to support joints, hold dressings in place, put pressure on wounds and to stop swelling
  • Disposable gloves: Used to reduce the risk of infection
  • Face shields or pocket masks: Used to prevent infection when you give rescue breaths
  • Cleansing wipes, alcohol free wipes: Used to clean the skin around the wound
  • Adhesive tape: Used to hold dressings or the loose end of bandages in place
  • Scissors: Used to cut bandages or sticky tape or someone’s clothing if you need to get to a wound
  • Foil blankets: used to help retain body heat in survival, emergency and first aid situations

Workplace First Aid Kits

Current health and safety guidelines advise employers to use risk assessment to help decide on the first aid provision required. We recommend that workplace first aid kits conform to the British Standard BS 8599-1. All our workplace first aid kits conform to this standard.

In 2011, the British Standard Institution published the British Standard for workplace first aid kits, BS8599-1:2011. This standard was reviewed with feedback from users and a new standard BS8599-1:2019 was published in January 2019.

For more information on how the standard has changed please visit our First aid kit guidance page.

To find out what first aid kit you need for your workplace, use our free requirements calculator.


Motor Vehicle First Aid Kits

Having a first aid kit while travelling in a car or any other vehicle can be a lifesaver. It can be crucial in the event of a road crash or more minor first aid issues, such as cuts, scrapes and burns.

BS 8599-2 is the British Standard for motor vehicle first aid kits and was launched in February 2014. This standard aims to improve safety for all UK motorists. It ensures vehicles have a first aid kit which is the right size for the vehicle and the number of passengers.



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