British Standard Compliant First Aid Kits

FirstAidKits1In recognising the need to ensure that workplace first aid provision is adequate and appropriate The British Healthcare Trade Association has been working with the British Standards Institute (BSI), and has created a new British Standard for first aid kits in the workplace BS 8599-1:2011. The new standard came into effect on 30th June 2011 with a 6 month transitional period for companies to comply.

Kits are based upon the minimum requirements set out by the Health & Safety Executive in their approved code of practice.

The contents of the kits include a wider range of common workplace risks and are more comprehensive than the current HSE kits.

The new British Standard compliant first aid kits will therefore represent best practice in workplace first aid provision whilst still being compliant with HSE guidelines.

What are the key changes?

  • Increased number of disposable nitrile gloves
  • Decreased number of triangular bandages as they are no longer used for the immobilisation of limb injuries
  • Introduction of smaller dressings for finger injuries that are too large for plasters
  • Introduction of adhesive tape to secure bandages without using safety pins
  • Introduction of gel burn dressings and a conforming bandage to secure it
  • Introduction of clothing cutters
  • Introduction of an eyewash bottle for travel kits
  • Introduction of a resuscitation face shield to provide protection for first aiders
  • Introduction of the foil survival blanket to keep the casualty warm in cases of clinical shock

FirstAidKits4What size kit do I need?

The size of the kit required is dependant on a combination of the level of risk in the workplace and the number of employees.

British Standard Compliant First Aid Kits – Travel

Personal first aid kits for off-site employees

  • Complies with BS 8599-1:2011
  • Ensure off-site employees have adequate first aid equipment
  • Each kit contains the recommended contents for one employee working away from the employers  premises
  • Supplied in a nylon case with zip closure

British Standard Compliant First Aid Kits – Workplace

First aid kits ideal for all workplaces

  • Complies with BS 8599-1:2011
  • Supplied in durable green evolution cases
  • Available in small, medium and large kits


Ensure your business is fully compliant with Seton’s range of British Standard Compliant First Aid Kits,  British Standard Compliant Travel First Aid Kits and our range of First Aid Kit Refills. Save money on bulk orders by getting a quote from us directly.


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