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Guidance for catering operators on first aid kits in catering and workplace environments

Friday October 4, 2019

Bunzl Catering Supplies has launched a new range of BS8599-1 compliant first aid kits, from partner supplier Reliance, with guidance on the quantity and size of the kits required.

The quantity and size of first aid kits to be used in a catering or workplace environment should be determined by the number of people on site and the category of hazard they are exposed to.

The following information provides guidance to help employers ensure they have suitable first aid provision, depending on the number of employees and members of the public exposed to those risks in the business:

SMALL KIT USAGE GUIDELINES

  • LOW RISK: 1 kit for less than 25 employees
  • HIGH RISK: 1 kit for less than 5 employees

MEDIUM KIT USAGE GUIDELINES

  • LOW RISK: 1 kit per 25-100 employees
  • HIGH RISK: 1 kit per 5-25 employees

LARGE KIT USAGE GUIDELINES

  • LOW RISK: 1 kit per 100 employees
  • HIGH RISK: 1 kit per 25 employees

The BS8599-1:2019 Guidelines have been updated and now include recommendations on supplementary kits as an extra resource to British Standard Compliant Small, Medium and Large First Aid Kits. One such supplementary kit is the Critical Injury Kit, designed for environments where people could sustain a severe injury. It contains items to help manage catastrophic blood loss from the result of working with with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments.

 

All blue – Catering first aid kits

The new first aid kits are available in two formats – one for the workplace and the other for catering operations. The catering first aid kits are unique as they contain all blue content, to reduce the possibility of contaminating food. The provision of a catering first aid kit in food preparation areas is essential to demonstrate that every precaution has been taken to prevent food contamination.

What does the law say?

The Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981 states:

“ An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work”

The new range of BS8599-1 compliant first aid kits are fully revised for the new 2019 update to the standard. These kits reflect the changes in both workplace practice and risks, making them demonstrably more ‘fit for purpose’ in today’s working environments. For peace of mind, the provision of a kit with this updated content is a clear and definitive way for employers to demonstrate they are serious about meeting their legal obligations under the Health & Safety First Aid Regulations.

For more information about the new BS8599-1 compliant workplace first aid kits click here.

For more information about the new BS8599-1 compliant catering first aid kits click here.

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