Press Release
Date of issue:
17th July 2012

There are now two main bodies providing recommendations on good practice for first aid provision in the UK. In response to this, Arco, the UK’s leading supplier of safety equipment and workwear, has published the Expert Guide to First Aid Kits and Training in the Workplace to help guide businesses to the right kit and training for them.

The Expert Guide has been developed to help businesses make decisions on the most suitable first aid kits by providing advice on current regulations and advising on the contents and size of kits required, plus showing the difference between the British Standard kit and the kit based on the Health & Safety Executive’s recommendations. The guide will also help businesses determine how many trained first aiders are needed on site and to what standard they will need to be trained.

Currently the Health & Safety Executive and British Standard are providing recommendations on good practice for first aid provision in the workplace. The Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance from the HSE, sets out the essential aspects of first aid that employers have to address, including the provision of equipment, facilities and the appropriate number of trained persons.

The recently revised British Standard BS8599 BS8599-1 ‘Workplace First Aid Kits. Specification for the Contents of Workplace First Aid Kits’ recommends appropriate first aid equipment and consumables for today’s workplace. The revision of the British Standard saw a new first aid kit on the market that has caused some confusion over what is needed in order to be compliant. Arco advises businesses not to worry and that they do not need to buy new kits if the current first aid kits meet the workplace’s needs. Arco has outlined the differences in its Expert Guide to help businesses chose the kit that’s right for them.

In the Republic of Ireland the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) legislates and makes recommendations on first aid kits and on the number of trained persons required.

With safety at the heart of its business, Arco can help businesses ensure that they have the right first aid kits to treat staff should they become injured in the workplace through its expert guide, Arco Training and Consultancy and 40-branch network offering advice and assistance. To receive your free copy of the Expert Guide to First Aid Kits and Training in the Workplace contact your local Arco branch of visit


Notes to editors

About Arco

Arco is the UK’s leading safety company, distributing quality products and training and providing expert advice helping to shape the safety world and make work a safer place. Founded in 1884 and with a heritage spanning 4 generations, Arco integrates traditional family values with pioneering innovation to offer a world-class range of over 22,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, clothing, footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. Headquartered in Hull, Arco reaches its customers through its extensive product catalogue, interactive website and 40 strong local branch network. The company has sales of over £200m and employs approximately 1500 people. It recently won the Outstanding Website Innovation and Performance (B2B) award at this year’s European Catalogue and Mail Order Days (ECMOD) Industry awards.

Arco is dedicated to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and continually demonstrates its support of local business communities and charitable organisations, donating in excess of 1% of pre tax profits annually. In 2007, Arco became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and in 2009 it was awarded a Big Tick for its supply chain management from Business in the Community. In 2010, Arco became a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. The company has also received the highly prestigious Family Business Honour by JP Morgan’s Private Bank and the Institute of Family Business (IFB). Going forward, Arco further demonstrates its position as the UK’s leading safety company as the exclusive supplier of PPE, footwear and workwear to the BLOODHOUND project’s support team involved with the design, build and race of a car to raise the world land speed record to 1,000mph in 2012. For more information, visit

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