First Aid Kits

A first aid kit is a sound investment. It could save a life and is likely to ease pain for an individual at some point. A minimum requirement for all businesses, the size and number of should be determined by a risk assessment. Contents required will depend on your line of work and the likelihood of certain accidents occurring, which is why we have a great selection of First Aid Kits for you to choose from and this is often updated with new first aid kit essentials, and modern, innovative kits.

We offer a range of British Standard compliant First Aid Kits. The national BS 8599-1:2011 standard can be used as a reference, and ensures kits include a more comprehensive range of supplies than the HSE standard kits which we also stock.

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First Aid Kits Buying Guide


Our boxes come in a range of styles and types so depending on your working environment it is likely we have the best first aid kit for your needs. Look out for our Aura box which is dust proof and can be easily wall mounted with its built-in bracket.

Our standard Workplace First Aid Kits section contains kits which conform to HSE standards as well the newer British Standards. The range stretches from economy to deluxe models.

If you need supplies for a food environment we offer specific catering boxes which contain blue contents for easily spotting in cuisine and avoiding contamination. They also come with plasters containing metal, for use in food industry environments which have operational detection equipment.

In our school first aid kits section you will find products which have been carefully selected for use with children and to ensure child care compliance.

The travel range has everything you need to prepare off-site employees with emergency equipment, while the vehicle kits are designed with roadside safety in mind and cater for users of vehicles, from mopeds up to buses.

Where portability is a priority our first aid bags area is the place to visit. Here you’ll find solutions for outdoor conditions and emergency response. All the bags are designed to be quick to grab and easy to carry around. We also have available sports and physio packages which contain products for dealing with minor sporting incidents pitch side, and kits catering to specific sports which have been approved by the relevant authorities.

When you need to replenish the contents of a first aid kit you will find a range of products in our refills category, many of which are tailored to the individual kits we offer, and this means you will always have the inventory you need.

FAQs


What size first aid kit do I need for my workplace?


It is important each workplace evaluates its own level of risk because certain circumstances need to be considered, e.g. number of buildings on a site or the vicinity of emergency services. However, there are some basic factors which can be used for guidance:

For low risk sites such as retail, library or office environments you should have:
a small kit if there are less than 25 employees
a medium kit if there are 25-100 employees
a large kit per 100 employees if more than 100 on site

For higher risk sites such as warehousing and manufacturing environments
a small kit if 5 employees or less
a medium kit if 5-25 employees
a large kit per 25 employees if more than 25 on the site

What should be in a first aid kit?


This is something which should also be based on a first aid needs assessment, and certain environments or industries will benefit from more specialised contents such as burns relief or eyewash products. Medicines and painkillers should NOT be kept in the first aid kit. The HSE recommends the following as a minimum stock in a low risk environment:
Plasters in various sizes (ideally sterile and individually wrapped)
A first aid guidance leaflet
Shears or scissors
Eye pads (sterile)
Triangular bandages (preferably individually wrapped)
Medium and large sterile wound dressings
Disposable gloves
Safety Pins

How often should I replace the contents of a first aid kit and who is responsible?


Although there are no specific rules regarding the regularity of checking and replenishing first aid box contents, it is important somebody takes responsibility (this could be a first aider or the appointed person). Furthermore, it is also crucial to re-stock the inventory after use, and also keep first aid kit refills on the site for this purpose. Remember many of the first aid box items can perish over time, so check them regularly and ensure any expiry dates on the supplies have not ended. Inspect the container for signs of damage, make sure adhesive products have not lost their stickiness, and metal objects have not rusted. Scrutinise the dressings, bandages and plasters for signs of fraying or tears. It is a good idea to keep a first aid box checklist so you know what you need to order. Many of our kits are supplied with a tamper evident label, where you can write on an inspection date and easily see if the kit has been used.

Where should I locate first aid kits?


Different sites and buildings operate on different scales and can vary considerably in terms of the layout and intricacy, therefore the location(s) of your emergency medical kits will essentially depend on the risk assessment. All kits locations should be visible, easily accessible and known to employees.

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