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New standard for 1st Aid Kits

September 8, 2011 by dwhitelegg

Do you ever wonder just what should be in your first aid kit? Well now there is a national standard to help ensure that kits meet the needs of employers. The law requires employers to provide adequate first aid kits and ensure they are available for employees when required and whilst there has been guidance on what they should contain for many years it has not kept pace with the many changes to the training protocols.

To rectify this the British Standards Institute and the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) have jointly produced a new national standard for workplace first aid kits. The new standard kits contain more of those items previously identified as inadequate such as plasters and wipes. They also now contain items not previously recommended such as scissors, burn dressings, foil survival blankets, resuscitation shield.

Some other items have been reduced in number or removed so as not to increase the size of the kits. Existing BHTA will remain on the market until the end of 2011 and can still be used.

Further details can be obtained from BHTA at

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