Guide to BS-8599 First Aid Kits for your Workplace

In every workplace there are first-aid signs and a specified first-aider with access to a first-aid kit.

If a minor injury takes place within the workspace, there is someone to take care of the situation using the correct equipment provided. But what are the responsibilities of an employer to provide first-aid equipment?

Assess the First-Aid Situation

Not every workplace will need a fully trained first-aider. A first-aid needs assessment is required, this will indicate to an employer the level of responsibility the appointed person has over the first-aid. The minimum requirement is for someone to look after the equipment and first-aid kit, and being responsible for the upkeep of a record and calling the emergency services when required.

An appointed first-aider does not legally have to undertake first-aid training, though these are available for your company to take up should you consider it an important step to take for the safety of your workforce.



There is no mandatory list of contents for first-aid boxes. So what you decide to include should be based on an assessment of your first-aid needs for your workplace So what you decide to include should be based on an assessment of your first-aid needs for your workplace.

The First-Aid Box

For the work first aid kit there is no specific set of equipment that you should have within a first-aid kit on the premises of a workplace where low risk activities take place. However, here is a suggested guide of contents you should consider (as offered by the HSE):


  • Leaflet offering general first-aid guidance
  • 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters, of various sizes and appropriate to your work situation
  • 2 sterile eye pads
  • 2 individually wrapped triangular bandages
  • 6 safety pins
  • 2 large sterile, individually wrapped unmedicated dressings for wounds
  • 6 medium-sized, individually wrapped unmedicated dressing for wounds
  • 3 pairs of disposable gloves

Many sterile items will have an expiry date attached to them, so always be aware of reviewing the contents of the first-aid box, ensuring all items are up to date and safe to use. Should you conduct a regular safety review of your first-aid procedures, you may wish to update your first-aid kit to reflect the changing nature of the workplace.

It is highly recommended that you do not keep any tablets or medication in the workplace first-aid kit.


Be it a restaurant kitchen, an office, factory floor or a company van, wherever your work find a first aid kit suitable for your needs Be it a restaurant kitchen, an office, factory floor or a company van, wherever your work find a first aid kit suitable for your needs.

Wray Bros provides the means to treat an injury or illness in the workplace

Every workplace needs a first-aid box and a first-aider trained in using that box. Whether a packed office full of people, or a smaller company, there is always the need for first-aid knowledge and understanding. At Wray Bros we appreciate this and have a wide range of first-aid equipment, including boxes and signage, for larger organisation or lone workers or long range drivers.


For a few ideas why not take a look at what may be useful to you, where you work:


Take a look at our first aid range of products and if you have any questions please feel free to contact our friendly customer service team, who will be happy to advise and guide you. Call Mark Woodworth on 0151 709 2271 today.

Further reading: Guide to First Aid & Workplace Safety Signs