Workplace First Aid: Is Your Kit Up To Date?

Leading ship supplier Hutton’s is warning UK-based customers to ensure their workplace first aid kits comply with latest legislation. New standards for workplace first aid kits have been introduced this summer and will become mandatory from January 1st 2012.

The British Standard Workplace First Aid Kits – BS8599 – take into account revised first aid training protocols, heightened concerns about infection control and technological advances. The standards apply to all UK workplaces and replace BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) and HSE (Health & Safety Executive) kits numbers BHTA-HSE 10, 20 and 50.

UK Law states that employers must ensure that adequate and appropriate first aid equipment and facilities are provided to enable first-aid to be rendered to employees if they are injured or become ill at work.

The new kits are available in four sizes – small, medium, large and a travel kit – and have good quantities of essential items such as plasters, gloves and wipes which was a common criticism of the old kits. In addition they include new items like gel dressings for burns, adhesive tape and a foil emergency blanket. For the first time they include a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation device which incorporates a one-way valve to protect the first aider from infection from body fluid pathogens.

Hutton’s Medical General Manager John MacDonald says: “The new British Standard First Aid Kits are the only safe way for UK employers to ensure they meet their obligations.”

Hutton’s stocks a full range of BS8599 compliant first aid kits. For more information telephone: 01482 324093
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Notes to Editors:
• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the International Shipping and the Offshore Industry.

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