What is BS 8599-1?

What is BS 8599-1?


The British Standard for Workplace First Aid Kits is known as BS 8599-1. The BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) undertook a review of this standard and propsed changes to the British Standards Institute (BSi), who launched an update on January 10th 2019. The previous standard is being phased out during 2019.

What's changing?

Workplace First Aid Kits were reviewed and ammeneded to ensure they are up to date with the latest technology, workplace practices and potential risks employees may face in the working envrionment. Employers are required to carry out a risk assessment to decide what the hazard levels are and how many employees are involved in the area to be covered. The standard contains two key tables: one covering what should be contained in a workplace first aid kit and one providing information on the appropriate size of the kit for the workplace environment.

What Kit Do I Need?


1-5 People 

5-25 People  

25-100 People 

100+ People    

Low  Risk   

Small Kit Small Kit Medium Kit Large Kit

High Risk 

Small Kit Medium Kit Large Kit 4 x Large Kits


What Contents Are Required?

Below is a table  for the Contents of BS 8599-1:2019 First Aid Kits for the Workplace

  Small Kit Medium Kit Large Kit
Guidance Leaflet 1 1 1
Medium Sterile Dressing 2 4 6
Large Sterile Dressing 2 3 4
Triangular Bandage 2 3 4
Eye Pad Dressing 2 3 4
Adhesive Dressing 40 60 100
Sterile Wipes 20 30 40
Microporous Tape 1 2 3
Nitrile Gloves (Pairs) 6 9 12
Face Shield 1 2 3
Foil Blanket 1 2 3
Burn Dressing (10x10cm) 1 2 3
Scissors 1 1 1
Conforming Bandage 1 2 2
Finger Dressing 2 3 4
Sterile Eyewash 250ml 1 1 1


Here At Gompels, we offer BS 8599-1:2019 complaint Workplace First Aid Kits available with Next Day Delivery. We also offer complaint Refill Kits and individual items, so if you're running low, need a top up or creating a kit yourself, we have everything you require to pass your inspections with flying colours.

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