Employers are required to conduct a risk needs assessment and choose a first aid kit that meets their needs. The British Standard BS8599-1 for Workplace First Aid offers three kit sizes, and guidelines to match the kit to the risks identified in the workplace.
1. Identify your risk needs: LOW RISK (e.g. shops, offices, libraries etc.) HIGH RISK (e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture etc.)
2. Decide on the size and quantity of kits required to meet your risk needs assessment: Small kit usage guidelines: LOW RISK Less than 25 employees HIGH RISK Less than 5 employees