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We do stock some small items when we run our First Aid courses in Cumbria and our Paediatric First Aid Courses, but we don’t sell First Aid kits as such. Nevertheless we do get rather irritated by the fact that it can be quite hard to find a simple list on the internet of what should go in British Standard 8599-1 First Aid kits.

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no law in the UK saying what should be in First Aid kits, but BS 8599-1 is a great guide.

It’s sometimes referred to as BS8599-1 and sometimes as BS8599-1:2019, to show when it was last updated.

Selecting a First Aid Kit is something that should follow your First Aid Risk Assessment.

The British Standard suggests six different type of First Aid kit:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Travel
  • Personal Issue
  • Critical Injury Pack

..and this is what’s supposed to go in them. That means that if you buy a BS8599-1:2019 compliant First Aid kit, then this is what you should get:

SMALL
1 Guidance Card
1 Contents List
2 Medium Dressings
2 Large Dressings
2 Triangular Bandages
2 Sterile Eyepads
40 Individually Wrapped
Sterile Dressings
20 Alcohol Free Wipes
1 Adhesive Tape
6 Pairs of Nitrile Gloves
2 Sterile Finger Dressings
1 Resuscitation Face Shield
1 Foil Blanket
1 Burn Dressing
1 Pair of Sheers
1 Conforming Bandage
MEDIUM
1 Guidance Card
1 Contents List
4 Medium Dressings
3 Large Dressings
3 Triangular Bandages
3 Sterile Eyepads
60 Individually Wrapped
Sterile Dressings
30 Alcohol Free Wipes
2 Adhesive Tapes
9 Pairs of Nitrile Gloves
3 Sterile Finger Dressings
1 Resuscitation Face Shield
2 Foil Blankets
2 Burn Dressings
1 Pair of Sheers
2 Conforming Bandage
LARGE
1 Guidance Card
1 Contents List
6 Medium Dressings
4 Large Dressings
4 Triangular Bandages
4 Sterile Eyepads
100 Individually Wrapped
Sterile Dressings
40 Alcohol Free Wipes
3 Adhesive Tapes
12 Pairs of Nitrile Gloves
4 Sterile Finger Dressings
2 Resuscitation Face Shields
3 Foil Blankets
2 Burn Dressings
1 Pair of Sheers
2 Conforming Bandages
TRAVEL
1 Guidance Card
1 Contents List
1 Medium Dressings
1 Triangular Bandages
10 Individually Wrapped
Sterile Dressings
10 Alcohol Free Wipes
2 Pairs of Nitrile Gloves
1 Resuscitation Face Shield
1 Foil Blanket
2 Burn Dressings
1 Pair of Sheers
1 Trauma Dressings Medium
PERSONAL ISSUE
1 Guidance Card
1 Contents List
1 Large Dressings
1 Triangular Bandages
10 Individually Wrapped
Sterile Dressings
4 Alcohol Free Wipes
2 Pairs of Nitrile Gloves
1 Resuscitation Face Shield
1 Foil Blanket
1 Pair of Sheers
CRITICAL INJURY PACK
1 Guidance Card
1 Contents List
2 Pairs of Nitrile Gloves
1 Foil Blanket
1 Pair of Sheers
2 Trauma Dressings Large
2 Haemostatic Dressings
1 Tourniquets

A Few Notes…

  • The 2019 update to BS8599-1 removed safety pins from the lists.
  • The 2019 update also removed eyewash. Lots of workplaces still have eyewash provision however, which can be bought separately.
  • The Critical Injury Pack is a 2019 addition to BS8599-1. It wasn’t in the lists prior to the 2019 update. It’s designed for First Aiders who may need to respond to catastrophic bleeding.
  • Critical Injury Packs are usually far more expensive than other kits due to the cost of tourniquets and, especially, haemostatic dressings, which are extremely costly items.
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