The British Standards Institute introduced BS 8599 on 30th June 2011. This new standard will give the required contents for 4 different First Aid Kits (Small, Medium, Large and Travel Kits).

Employers are required to make a risk assessment to decide what hazard levels are and how many employees are involved in the area to be covered (in order to determine what kit(s) are required). Where there are special circumstances, such as remoteness from emergency medical services, shiftwork or sites with several separate buildings, there might need to be more First Aid kits.

Employers should be aware that there is NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT to use British Standard Kits alternatives are available.