UK Law


Under the health and safety (first-aid) regulations 1981. It states you must be able “to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if injured or taken ill at work”.

Further information about assessing the quality and standard of your first aid kits can be found here in an assessment guide published by the Health and Safety Executive.

British Standard 8599


The suggested content list of BS 8599 is

  • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid
  • individually wrapped sterile plasters (of assorted sizes)
  • sterile eye pads
  • individually wrapped triangular bandages
  • safety pins
  • large, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
  • medium-sized, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
  • disposable gloves

Additional Contents Of a First Aid Kit


Outside of the British Standard 8599 there are also a few other items that may be useful in your first aid kits.

-          Eyewash – If there is a risk of chemicals coming into contact with the eye then you might want an eyewash station or eyewash bottles.

-          Tuff Kut Scissors – This is for cutting through layers of bandages or clothes.

-          Cold Packs – These are for dealing with strains, sprains and bruises.

-          Finger dressing – This could be used or either large plasters or small bandages.

-          Clinical Waste Bag – This is for if you have got any blood or vomit to deal with or any other bodily fluids.

-          Heat Retaining Blanket – In case you are working outside and someone suffers from hypothermia.

There are many more things that could be added to your first aid kits depending on the needs of your business and the environment in which it operates in.

How Libben Can Help


Libben have a variety of health and safety courses which can help you. They include health and safety courses such as first aid at work and emergency first aid at work plus many more.