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SAFETY, SECURITY & PPE

How to choose your first aid kit…

MAKE YOUR ASSESSMENT - 

FIRST AID & THE LAW (ACOP L74 ) - UK 

(Approved Code of Practice)

ACOP 3(4) “An employer should make an assessment of first-aid needs 
appropriate to the circumstances of each workplace.”
ACOP 3(1) “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.”
Extracts taken from - APPROVED CODE OF PRACTICE AND GUIDANCE covering 
The Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

ONCE YOU HAVE MADE YOUR ASSESSMENT - 

choose your kit from the Compliant ranges.

 

Choose the appropriate kit for the number of 

employees you have:

• 1-10 person  • 1-20 person  • 1-50 person  

• Burns Kit  • Body Fluid Kit.

DO YOU REQUIRE FIRST AID 

FOR PERSONNEL WORKING OFF SITE?

ACOP 3(21) (extract from the Health & Safety regulations 1981)

“Employers are responsible for meeting the first-aid needs 

of their employees working away from the main site, for 

example those who travel regularly or who work elsewhere. 

The assessment should determine whether those who 

travel long distances or are continuously mobile should 

carry a personal first-aid kit. Organisations with employees 

who work in remote areas should consider making special 

arrangements such as issuing personal communicators, 

providing special training and organising emergency 

transport facilities. Where employees work alone, other 

means of summoning help such as a portable telephone 

may be useful to call for assistance in an emergency.” 

Select from Transport & Mobile Range.

DO YOU REQUIRE EYEWASH?

ACOP 3(40) (extract from the Health & Safety regulations 1981)

“Where mains tap water is not readily available for eye 

irrigation, at least 1 litre of sterile water or sterile normal 

saline (0.9%) in sealed, disposable containers should be 

provided. Once the seal has been broken, the containers 

should not be kept for re-use. The container should not 

be used after the expiry date.” 

Select from Eyewash Range.

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DUTY OF CARE

With the recent HSE court cases against employers who breach the Health and Safety at 

Work Act 1974 resulting in large fi nes it is essential to assess your fi rst aid requirements 

including fi rst aid training and maintain them.

THE CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER ACT 2007

The Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 is a new offence and a landmark in law 

which came into force on 6 April 2008. For the fi rst time companies and organisations can 

be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures, which 

results in a gross breach of duty of care. This clarifi es the criminal liabilities of companies and 

organisations in the UK where serious failures in the management of Health and Safety has 

resulted in a fatality. Prosecutions will be of the corporate body and not individuals. 

However, the liability of board members and directors is unaffected under Health and Safety law.

IMPORTANT

HSE/BSi

First Aid

Food Hygiene 

First Aid

Eyewash 

Dispensers

Burns

First Aid

Body Fluid 

Disposal

Vehicle

First Aid

Easily identify the type of 

kit you require using our 

colour coding guide

All kits with

comply to HSE Regulations.

FIRST AID TRAINED PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS

CATEGORY OF RISK

NO. EMPLOYED AT 

ANY LOCATION

SUGGESTED NO. OF 

FIRST-AID PERSONNEL

Lower Risk

e.g. shops, offi ces, libraries

Fewer than 50

50 - 100

More than 100

At least 1 appointed person

At least 1 fi rst-aider.

One additional fi rst aider for

every 100 employed

Medium Risk

e.g. light engineering, 

and assembly work, food 

processing, warehouses

Fewer than 20

20 - 100

More than 100

At least 1 appointed person

At least 1 fi rst-aider for every

50 employed (or part thereof)

One additional fi rst aider for

every 100 employed

Higher Risk

e.g. most construction, 

slaughterhouse, chemical 

manufacture, extensive work 

with dangerous machinery or 

sharp instruments

Fewer than 5

5 - 50

More than 50

Where there are hazards for 

which additional fi rst-aid 

skills are necessary.

At least 1 appointed person

At least 1 fi rst aider.

One additional fi rst aider for 

every 50 employed.

In addition, at least 1 fi rst 

aider trained in the specifi c 

emergency action.

First Aid

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