Please note there is now a new standard for the contents of a First Aid
kit BS-8599 (effective from 30th June 2011). The HSE have been involved in the creation of the new standard. The current guidelines in ACOP (L74) are met and exceeded by the new BSi Standard.
However It is worth noting that the standard is not compulsory and the contents of a first aid box will be dependent on an employer’s first aid needs assessment.
As before it is recommended that you don’t keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.
Here is the new list of contents:
First Aid Guidance Leaflet
Medium Dressing (12cm x 12cm) (Sterile)
Large Dressing (18cm x 18cm) (Sterile)
Triangular Bandage (Single Use) ((90cm x 127cm)
Safety Pins (Assorted) (minimum length 2.5cm)
Eye Pad Dressing with Bandage (Sterile)
Washproof Assorted Plasters
Moist Cleaning Wipes
Microporous Tape (2.5cm x 5m or 3m for Travel Kit)
Nitrile Gloves (1 Pair)
Finger Dressing with Adhesive Fixing (3.5cm)
Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation Device with Valve
Foil Blanket (130cm x 210cm)
Eye Wash (250ml)
Burn Relief Dressing (10cm x 10cm)
Universal Shears (Suitable for cutting clothing)
Conforming Bandage (7.5cm x 4m)
More information to follow from the HSE website