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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.

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
  • Pins and clips: Used to fasten the loose end of bandages
  • Scissors or tweezers: Used to cut bandages or sticky tape or someone’s clothing if you need to get to a wound

Workplace First Aid Kits

BS 8599-1:2011 is the British Standard for first aid kits in the workplace.

Current health and safety guidelines advise employers to use risk assessment to help decide on the first aid provision required. This risk assessment can be matched to one of the BS 8599-1 standard kits.

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

Our range of workplace first aid kits, including a travel size kit, all conform to the standard BS 8599-1:2011.



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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