First Aid Kits:

Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.



First Aid equipment should be suitable contained in a protective green box with a white cross. This makes it clearly identifiable and visible to all members of staff and first aiders.


BRITISH STANDARD 8599 - First Aid Kit Sizes and Contents (2010):

  • First Aid Manual.
  • Sterile Medium Dressings (12cm x 12cm).
  • Sterile Large Dressing (18cm x 18cnm).
  • Triangular Bandage (single use 90cm x 90cm).
  • Sterile Eye Pad Dressing with Bandage.
  • Washproof Assorted Plasters (blue for food handlers).
  • Moist cleaning wipes.
  • Microporous Tape.
  • Nitrile Gloves.
  • Finger Dressing with adhesive fixing (3.5cm).
  • Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation Device.
  • Foil Blanket.
  • Eye Wash.
  • Burn Relief Dressing (10cm x 10cm).
  • Universal Shears.
  • Conforming Bandage (7.5cm x 4cm).


Eye Wash:

Use mains water for eye irrigation if available, if not 1 litre of sterile water or ‘saline’ should be available in a seal container with an expiry date.


Travel First Aid Kits:

  • First Aid Manual
  • Washproof Assorted Plasters
  • Sterile Large Dressing (18cm x 18cnm)
  • Moist cleaning wipes
  • Microporous Tape
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Triangular Bandage (single use 90cm x 90cm)
  • Small sterile eye wash (saline) 5ml

We hope you find this article useful. This is one in an alphabetical series of articles addressing various symptoms and their first aid treatments. If you would like more information on related resuscitation and first aid training, please get in touch.


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