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How do catering and hotel operators ensure their first aid kits are legally compliant?

Friday February 25, 2022

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain.

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 states that employers have a legal duty to make sure that their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. Accidents and illness can happen at any time. First aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.

These regulations apply to every workplace, including the self-employed and those with fewer than five employees. They set out what you need to do to address first aid provision in the workplace.

Why choose BS8599-1:2019?

BS8599-1 was originally introduced in 2011 and was recently updated to BS8599-1:2019 as of January 2019. The standard was introduced to reflect the changes in workplace practice and risks, meaning they are 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 and Safety (First Aid) Regulations.

The fully revised BS8599-1:2019 compliant catering first aid kits are the simplest way for all kitchen managers to meet their legal health and safety obligations.

Which First Aid kit do I need?

Nearly all commercial catering environments pose a high risk of injury. In partnership with Reliance Medical Ltd, Bunzl Catering Supplies has produces two new leaflets for catering operations and hotels containing a range of essential first aid supplies, including BS8599-1:2019 compliant catering first aid kits.

For more information – please contact us today.

Click here to view essential First Aid Supplies for Catering Operators.

Click here to view essential First Aid Supplies for Hotel Operators.