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17 January 2019

SP Launch BS8599-1:2019 Workplace First Aid Kits

SP Launch BS8599-1:2019 Workplace First Aid Kits

The British Standard for First Aid Kits has been UPDATED!

BS 8599-1:2019 Explained - What you need to know?
As part of a constant improvement process the BSI (British Standards Institute), has undertaken a review of the BS8599-1 Workplace and Vehicle Standards.

Following the introduction of BS 8599-1 Workplace First Aid Kits (2011) and BS 8599-2 Vehicle First Aid Kits (2014), as part of a constant improvement process, the BHTA undertook a review of these standards. A working group was tasked with this review and were also asked to make recommendations for any proposed changes to the standard. This group first met in May 2015 and the new standard is scheduled for launch in Jan 2019, the previous standard will be phased out over the next 6 to 12 months.

Over the last 22 years, the first aid industry has complied with the guidelines as set out in the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations Approved Code of Practice 1981. This document outlined a range of advice to employers for the provision of first aid within the workplace.

The requirement of the contents of a first aid kit has continually evolved and this has been recognised by the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) who has worked, analysed and developed a solution that is fit for purpose in today’s workplace environment.

What is changing?
The British Standards Institute (BSi) have updated the contents of the following kits to meet the new standard:

The BSi have also introduced two new kits:

How will this affect you?
The new standard will come into effect on 10th January 2019, these kits will become the ‘BS 8599-1:2019’ Compliant First Aid Kits for workplaces in the UK. We recommend that the new BS 8599 kits are introduced and the old kits are phased out over the next 6 to 12 months.

The consensus was that both parts (BS 8599-1 and BS 8599-2) of the standard were broadly meeting the needs of the industry, users and other stakeholders. However, content revisions were required to ensure the standards kept up to date with advancements in first aid product and provision technology, and to ensure adherence to current work practices and potential risks.

These content revisions are outlined below:

Home and Workplace First Aid Kits - CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The standard workplace kits have been reviewed and amended to suit the modern workplace, the associated risks and to keep up to date with advancements in first aid product and provision technology.

Travel and Motoring First Aid Kits - CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
Travel and Motoring First Aid Kits were in conflict under the old BS 8599-1 standard. A single Travel and Motoring First Aid Kit has now been introduced.

Personal Issue First Aid Kit - CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
A Personal Issue First Aid Kit has been introduced for lone workers. The kit is for those employed in work activities away from the workplace such as ground, security, maintenance and cleaning personnel.

Critical Injury Pack - CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The European Resuscitation Council now recommends the supplying of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings in situations identified as high risk in risk assessments.

 

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