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T.Stubbs
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:20 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Help!!! I'm confused.

I understand the contents of first aid boxes has changed to the BS-8599 standard yet the HSE's recommended contents are different.

I am looking at restocking first aid boxes as the contents are now out of expiry date.

Therefore can anyone clarify if I am ok to follow the HSE guidance or should I get the contents in line with the new standard bearing in mind we do get ISO audited as well.

Any advice would be greatly received.  
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M.Wait
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:32 am Reply with quote Back to top
Hi Tracey

If you contact John Chapman at Training Ventures. He will highlight the requirements of the new standard. John was the speaker who updated us on the new First Aid Regulations a few months ago

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B.Tranmer
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Tracey,
I beleive that the BS first aid kit is what will now be available off the shelf as it has a contents list arrived at by lots of people stroking their chins and thinking of what accident the average person would have on an average day in the average workplace. However.........not everyone works in an average workplace and the content of these kits may not be "adequate and appropriate"!
Legislation and guidance states that the number of first aid boxes, first aid trained staff and contents of the boxes should be determined by risk assessment. As a comapny we have viewed the additional items included in the BS-8599 kits and updated our boxes with a couple of items, such as burns gel (as we have experienced burns in the past), but other than that we feel our kits are adequate and appropriate for the workplace and the level of training our staff have.
Incidently neither the first aid regulations or the guidance (L74) make any reference to the British Standard.
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