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New British Standard (BS8599-1 2019) BSi First Aid Kits

An update to BS8599-1: January 2019 came in to force on the 1st March 2019. This means that employers are required to provide trauma bandages, haemostatic agents and / or dressings, tourniquets and the training in their safe and correct use, if their first aid needs assessment identifies a risk from traumatic injury.

There are two new additions – a ‘critical injury pack’ for a severe life-threatening bleed or mass-casualty attack, and a new ‘personal first aid kit’, ideal for those lone-working and outside of the office within the updated BS8599-1 2019 Standard. Minor other changes have been made to the small, medium and large workplace and catering kits also.

Critical Injury Pack

The Critical Injury Pack is designed to provide immediate, life-saving first aid to someone who has sustained a severe bleeding injury in the workplace.

Every second count when dealing with a catastrophic bleed and action needs to be taken before emergency services arrive. This can make the difference between life and death. Currently, standard first aid kits aren’t equipped appropriately to stem such a bleed.

The HSE now recommends that employers provide haemostatic dressings and tourniquets in their first aid kits, where it’s possible that trauma could occur.

The new kit should be carried by the person at risk, so it’s at hand when needed. Appropriate training is also important, so they know how to use it!

The HSE recommends that employers arrange training for staff where tourniquets and haemostatic dressings are provided. A suitable course covering this would be our Emergency First Aid at Work Catastrophic Bleeding course.

Another use for the critical injury pack is at a mass-casualty incident, like a terror attack. The kit can be deployed using a ‘drop and throw’ method ensuring there are suitable provisions to stem catastrophic bleeds for anybody affected. As recently as Monday the 5th March 2019 the UK transport hub was targeted where members of the public were nearby when devices detonated (source BBC).

As Paramedics aren’t able to engage when they arrive at a possible terror incident until it has been declared safe, being able to treat ourselves and others is so much more important. Large bleeds need immediate treatment, or death is a real possibility.

The packs can be readily available at places with a large population, such as public venues like exhibition centres and concert halls. They should ideally be situated around cities, clearly signposted for ease of access.

A BS8599-1:2019 Critical Injury Pack contains:

  • 2 x haemostatic dressing
  • 2 x trauma dressings
  • 1 x foil blanket
  • 2 x pair of gloves
  • 1 x guidance leaflet
  • Pair of shears
  • 1 x tourniquet

This all comes inside a soft bag and can be purchased here: Critical Injury Kit

Personal First Aid Kit

Also called supplementary first aid kits, these are an extra to those already required. New guidelines include recommendations on ‘supplementary kits’ as an extra resource to British standard compliant kits.

Health and safety regulations state, “An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.”

The new range of BS8599-1 compliant first aid kits reflect what’s needed to deal with workplace incidents, and are more ‘fit for purpose’ in today’s working environments. You can order the kit by clicking Personal First Aid Kit.

BS8599-1:2019 Personal First Aid Kit:

  • 1 x bandage
  • 1 x triangular dressing
  • 1 x foil blanket
  • 2 x pairs of adult gloves
  • 1 x guidance leaflet
  • 10 x plasters, wash proof and assorted
  • Resuscitation face shield
  • Pair of shears
  • 4 x cleansing wipes

Employers, Owners and Operators of buildings and land now have a clearly defined duty to provide suitable equipment and sufficiently trained staff to meet the HSE recommendations relating to responding and treating major injuries in the workplace.

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