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Are there more comprehensive kits available for high risk workplaces?
Are there kits available for sports?What is the British Standard for First Aid kits?
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Can you buy kits for burns and eye injuries?
I have heard that the contents of a first aid kit have changed-what are the changes?
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Complying with BS 8599-1, Workplace First Aid Kits
In recognising the need to ensure that current workplace first aid provision is adequate and appropriate The British Healthcare Trade Association has been working with the British Standards Institute (BSI), to create a new British Standard for first aid kits in the workplace.
These enhanced kits are based upon the minimum requirements set out by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in their approved code of practice L74. The contents of these new kits take into account more modern and functional products encompassing a wider range of common workplace risks and are therefore more comprehensive than the previous HSE compliant kits.
BS 8599-1 is the standard that sets the new minimum level that workplace first aid kits conform to.
Although the HSE has not yet published a revisi to the L74 guidelines, it has undertaken to do so the earliest opportunity and this will refer to the n British Standard BS 8599-1.
The new standard like the previous L74 code of practice gives recommendations on the amount and size of the first aid kits necessary for the different workplace environments based on the category of risk and number of employees in the workplace.
Should the risk or numbers of employee deem it necessary the minimum contents as set out in
the standard can be supplemented by additional items appropriate to the hazards identified by risk assessment. This may result for example in increasing the number of burn dressings where significant risk of a burn injury is likely.
What has changed ?
Introduction of an eyewash bottle
Decreased number of Triangularfor travel kits, ideal for drivers where
Bandages, as they are no longerdust or pollen gets in the eyes or in
used for the immobilisation of limbthe event of a chemical splash where
injuries.access to running water is not readily
Introduction of smaller absorbent
wound dressings for finger injuries,Introduction of a resuscitation face
where a plaster just will not cope.shield, providing a protective barrier for cpr .
Introduction of tearable non woven,
hypoallergenic adhesive tape toIntroduction of a heat reflecting
secure bandages without using safetyfoil survival blanket, designed to
pins.keep the casualty warm in cases of
clinical shock or exposure to cold
Introduction of water based sterile gel burn dressings which do not require
any pre-cooling with water and aIntroduction of sterile saline wipes
conforming bandage to secure it.replacing the alcohol free wipes.
These can now be used on broken
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