First aid kits for the workplace
British Standard 8599-1
In 2011, the British Standard Institution published the British
Standard for workplace first aid kits, BS8599-1:2011. This standard
has now been reviewed and a new standard
BS8599-1:2019 has been published in January
Why is the standard changing?
British Standards can be reviewed after 5 years if feedback from
users indicates a need to update the specifications.
What has changed in the standard?
Currently four sizes of workplace kits are available – small,
medium, large and a travel size kit. Two new kits have been added
to supplement the workplace kits - a Personal Issue Kit and a
Critical Injury Pack.
The Personal Issue Kit is a small kit that can be issued to
individuals while the Critical Injury Pack is designed for the
treatment of catastrophic injuries.
In addition to the creation of the new kits, there have been a
few changes to the composition of the workplace kits:
- Safety pins are no longer included with the kits, to reduce the
risk of needle stick injuries, while the number of tape rolls has
been increased in the medium and large kits.
- The number of medium dressings has been reduced while the
number of large dressings has been increased.
Finally, the travel first aid kit has been renamed the
Travel and Motoring Kit and its components amended
to conform with the requirements of the British Standard for motor
vehicle first aid kits BS8599-2:2014. This means
the contents of the Travel and Motoring Kit now has the same
components as the Medium Motor Vehicle Kit.
When will the reviewed standard be
The new standard was published on 10 January 2019 with a
12-month transition period. This means that both
BS8599-1:2011 and BS8599-1:2019 kits can be sold this year.
Note - Conforming with the British Standard is voluntary and not
required by law
When will St John Ambulance start selling the new first
Our new range of workplace first aid kits are available from 28
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