In 2012 the British Standards Institute (BSI) introduced BS8599-1. This new piece of guidance recommended a new set of first aid contents for First Aid Kits more suitable for the modern day workplace. The standard also reflects current training protocols and the increased awareness in modern society of the importance of infection control. These changes were deemed necessary as the old HSE Compliant First Aid Kits were introduced 15 years ago in 1997 and were based on legislation dating back 31 years to 1981.What are the changes?
- An increased number of gloves. Not only does this make dealing with multiple incidences easier they are also now nitrile in material making them suitable for users with a latex allergy.
- Fewer triangular bandages - these are no longer recommended for the immobilisation of lower limb injuries.
- The introduction of microporous tape so that bandages can be secured without the need for dangerous safety pins.
- A pair of first aid shears are included so clothing can easily be cut away if it is hampering the efforts of a first aider.
- Clinical shock is currently treated in part by keeping casualties warm. For this reason a foil blanket is now part of the basic kit requirements.
- A 10 x 10cm burns dressing is included to treat typical workplaces injuries such as those caused by spilling hot drinks.
- A resuscitation face shield protects first aiders whilst they carry out mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
- Finger injuries can now be more easily treated by a new smaller dressing.
- Travel kits include eyewash recognising the needs of staff travelling away from the workplace who may not have access to clean running water.
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