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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
- • 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
- • Disposable gloves: Used to reduce the risk
- • 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
To find out what first aid kit you need for your workplace, use
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
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.