The new British Standard became effective on 30th June 2011 and employers are responsible for ensuring that First Aid provision and First Aid Kits are kept up to date and are appropriate for treating any injuries that could arise on site.
Employers are required to make a risk assessment to decide what the hazard levels are and how many employees are involved in the area to be covered.
New BS-8599-1 compliant Eclipse Workplace First Aid Kits
The following guide is a suggestion for matching risk and employee numbers to the appropriate kit size.
Low Hazard Settings – eg shops, offices, libraries etc
Small First Aid Kit – less than 25 employees
Medium First Aid Kit – 25 to 100 employees
Large First Aid Kit – more than 100 employees
High hazard e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture etc.
Small First Aid Kit – less than 5 employees
Medium First Aid Kit – 2 to 25 employees
Large First Aid Kit – more than 25 employees