16/8/2011

New BSI standard First Aid Kits

In recognising the need to ensure that workplace first aid provision is adequate and appropriate The British Healthcare Trade Association has been working with the British Standards Institute (BSI), to create a new British standard for first aid kits in the workplace. These enhanced kits are based upon the minimum requirements set out by the Health & Safety Executive in their approved code of practice. The contents of the kits take into account more modern and functional products encompassing a wider range of common workplace risks and are therefore more comprehensive than the current HSE kits. What are the key changes? Increased number of disposable gloves which are required to be nitrile Decreased number of Triangular Bandages as they are no longer used for the immobilisation of limb injuries Introduction of smaller dressings for finger injuries that are too large for plasters Introduction of adhesive tape to secure bandages without using safety pins Introduction of gel burn dressings and a conforming bandage to secure it Introduction of clothing cutters Introduction of an eyewash bottle for travel kits Introduction of a resuscitation face shield to provide protection for first aiders Introduction of the foil survival blanket to keep the casualty warm in cases of clinical shock The new British Standard kits will therefore represent best practice in workplace first aid provision whilst still being compliant with HSE guidelines. To view our range click here: workplace first aid kits