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British Standard 8599-1 Review

In 2011, the British Standard Institution published the British Standard for workplace first aid kits, BS8599-1:2011. This standard has now been reviewed and a new standard BS8599-1:2019 has been published in January 2019.

Why is the standard changing?

British Standards can be reviewed after 5 years if feedback from users indicates a need to update the specifications.

What has changed in the standard?

Currently four sizes of kits are available small, medium, large and a travel size kit. Two new kits have been added to supplement the workplace kits - a Personal Issue Kit and a Critical Injury Pack.

The Personal Issue Kit is a small kit that can be issued to individuals while the Critical Injury Pack is designed for the treatment of catastrophic injuries.

In addition to the creation of the new kits, there have been a few changes to the composition of the workplace kits:

  • The number of tape rolls has been increased in the medium and large kits.
  • The number of medium dressings has been reduced while the number of large dressings has been increased.

Finally, the travel first aid kit has been renamed the Travel and Motoring Kit and its components amended to conform with the requirements of the British Standard for motor vehicle first aid kits BS8599-2:2014. This means the contents of the Travel and Motoring Kit now has the same components as the Medium Motor Vehicle Kit.

When will the reviewed standard be launched?

The new standard was published on 10 January 2019 with a 12-month transition period. This means that both BS8599-1:2011 and BS8599-1:2019 kits can be sold this year.

Note Conforming with the British Standard is voluntary and not required by law

When will St John Ambulance start selling the new First aid kits?

Our new range of workplace first aid kits are available from 28 January 2019.

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