Similar to the HSE first aid kits the content of the new BS-8599-1 Compliant Workplace First Aid Kitsare appropriate for use based on a combination of the risk of the workplace and the number of students, employees and visitors.
The table shown below can be used as a guide to ascertain which compliant first aid kit you require for your workplace - please note that it is the duty of the employer to make an assessment of the first aid needs appropriate to the circumstances of your School and the below acts as a basic guide only.
Where there are special circumstances, such as remoteness from emergency medical services, shiftwork or sites with several separate buildings, there might need to be more first aid kits than set out in Table 2.
|Category of Hazards||Number of staff||Number and size of First Aid Kits|
|Low Hazards |
e.g. Shops, Offices, Libraries etc.
|Less than 25||Small|
|More than 100||Large (1 per 100 employees)|
|High Hazards |
e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, Contrsution, chemical manufature etc.
|Less than 5||Small|
|5 - 25||Medium|
|More than 25||Large (1 per 25 employees)|
The first thing you will need to do is carry out a First Aider Risk Assessment We recommend you keep a record of your assessment, as this can be used to show your findings if ever a local authority or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) need to see it.
The HSE recommends that if you work in a company with 5 -50 workers, there should be at least one person trained in first aid. Another first-aider should be in place for every 50 workers after that.
Accidents can happen, even in low risk organisations with few employees. For low risk workplaces with 25-50 people, there should be at least one first aider who holds an Emergency First Aid at Work certificate, with another first-aider per 100 employees.
When doing the risk assessment, think about the following points:
- Do you have a high risk or low risk workplace?
- Do you have any lone workers?
- How big is your workforce?
- Does your workforce stay onsite or work away?
- Are your workers in full time or part time jobs?
- Is your workplace within easy distance and access for the emergency services?
- Do you have a large number of visitors to the workplace?
When doing your risk assessment, remember to take into account the practicalities of day to day work. For example, if you decide you only need one first aider, what do you do if that person goes off sick or is on holiday? Do you have someone in their place that is trained to the same level?
Think about whether you get people visiting your workplace. Whilst current first-aid regulations mean that you don’t need to provide treatment to visitors, if you work in an organisation that has a lot of visitors onsite, then it is advised that you are able to treat them should a situation arise. An example of this would be having staff trained in paediatric first aid if there are a lot of children on site.
High risk workplaces, such as construction sites or maintenance work, require first-aiders who have taken a first aid course that meets the principles of assessment set out by the HSE. However, note that the HSE no longer approve courses themselves. The means of assessment should include a practical assessment and, at the end of the training, workers should gain a certificate in First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work.
Additional points to consider when calculating how many first aid personnel are needed:
- The size of the school and whether it is on split sites and/or levels.
- The location of the school—Is it remote from emergency services? It is good practice to inform the local emergency services, in writing, of the school’s location (giving Ordnance Survey grid references, if necessary) and any particular circumstances that may affect access to the school. If the school has more than one entrance, emergency services should be given clear instructions on where or to whom they should report. (If an ambulance needs to be called, someone should meet the emergency vehicle at the specifed entrance and take them to the casualty.)
- Are there any specifc hazards or risks on the site?—hazardous substances, dangerous tools and machinery. Temporary hazards, such as building or maintenance work, should also be considered and suitable short-term measures should be put in place.
- Are there members of staf or pupils with special health needs or disabilities? What age range does the school cater for? Diferent frst-aid procedures may apply to pupils in primary and secondary schools.
- Adequate provision for lunch breaks. It is good practice to encourage all lunchtime supervisors to have frstaid training
- Adequate provision for leave and in case of absences
- First-aid provision for of-site activities —i.e. school trips. If a frst-aider accompanies pupils of-site, will there be adequate frst-aid provision in the school?
- Adequate provision for practical departments, such as science, technology, home economics, physical education;
- Adequate provision for out-of-hours activities (e.g. sports activities, clubs)
First Aid Training Courses can be found here with our sister company I2 Training.
Further Information on what is required can also be found here