BS 8599-1:2019 pdf download – Workplace first aid kits Part 1: Specification for the contents of workplace first aid kits
1 Scope
This part of BS 8599 specifies requirements for the compilation of first aid components in first aid kits for use in a workplace environment. Requirements are also given for the container holding the components.
NOTE 1 AnnexA gives recommendations on the quantities and sizes of first aid kits necessary for different workplace environments based on the category of risk and the number of employees at the workplace.
NOTE 2 Annex B gives guidance for employers on quantites of supplementary first aid kits (Personal ise first aid kits and Critical injury packs),
NOTE3 For the avoidance o/ doubt, this standard does not supersede BS 8599-2 for vehicle first aid kits, employers should refer to BS 8599-2 when equipping vehicles with first aid kits.
2 Normative references
The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
BS EN 455-1, Medical gloves for single use – Part 1: Requirements and testing for freedom from holes
BS EN 455-2, Medical gloves for single use – Part 2: Requirements and testing for physical properties
BS EN ISO 7010:2012+A7:2017, Graphical symbols – Safety colours and safety signs – Registered safety signs
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this part of BS 8599, the following terms and definitions apply.
3.1 critical injury pack
pack designed for environments where a person could sustain a severe injury, contains items to help manage catastrophic blood loss
NOTE 1 Examples of such environments are given in Annex B
NOTE2 Designed to be issued as a supplementary resource to small, medium or large first aid kits, as required.
NOTE 3 Where a critical injury pack is ised in a workplace, appropriate training should be provided. See HSE guidance [1].
emergency dressing
absorbent wound contact pad attached to a bandage, for use on lacerations and cuts to the skin 3.3 first aid kit container
vessel used to hold first aid components, facilitating easy transportation and retrieval NOTE Typically this can be a box, case or bag.
3.4 personal issue kit
small first aid kit, containing basic first aid components for one person
NOTE Designed to be isued to individual employees, as a supplementary resource to small, medium and large first aid kits being available in the workplace, as required.
3.5 emergency tourniquet
emergency haemorrhage control device with a mechanism to apply and gradually release pressure,utilising a windlass, pneumatic compression or form of mechanical advantage to fully occlude severe blood loss
3.6 travel and motoring first aid kit
first aid kit designed to be transportable and used by an employee when working away from the employer’s workplace
NOTE A trovel and motoring first aid kit is intended to be stored in a company car, van, tractor, etc.
3.7 workplace environment
any workplace where one or more people are engaged in paid employment
3.8 workplace first aid kit
collection of first aid components held in a container, stored in a workplace environment
4 Contents of a workplace first aid kit
The contents of each workplace first aid kit or pack shall be in accordance with Table 1.
NOTE Workplace first aid kits may be complemented by other items that have been ientified during a risk assessment. Where there are unusual hazards and risks that are specific to a particular undertaking or workplace environment, such as the use of hydrofuoric acid, workplace first aid kits should be supplemented with additional,ppropriate components.
5 Container
The container shall be able to fit all of the relevant components inside and close securely. The
container shall be clean, dustproof and provide protection for the contents in a workplace environment.
NOTE 1 When selecting an appropriate container, temperature, maintenance, material durability and robustness should be taken into account.
NOTE2 The container should be checked frequently, maintained and kept clean.
6 Marking
The container shall be legibly and durably marked with the following:
a) number and date of this standard, i.e. BS 8599-1:2019;
b) symbol of a white cross conforming to BS EN IS0 7010:2012+A7:2017, type E003; and
c) the words “FIRST AID” in white text.
In addition, the Critical injury pack shall be marked “Critical Injury Pack”.BS 8599-1 pdf download.