Contents of a First-Aid Kit
Workplaces vary widely in their degree of hazards, location, size, amount of staff training, and availability of professional medical services.
However, since some employers may find it useful to refer to a list of basic first-aid supplies, federal OSHA provided a reference for this type of information. Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies.
First-aid kits in compliance with this standard will provide a basic range of products to deal with most types of injuries encountered in the workplace and may be adequate for a small worksite.
Employers should evaluate their own workplaces to determine whether additional supplies or kits are needed, based on the size and specific hazards of their workplaces.
Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies Basic kit-minimum contents
|Absorbent compress, 32sq. in. (206 sq. cm.) with no side smaller than 4" (10 cm.)||1|
Adhesive bandages, 1" x 3" (2.5cm. x 7.5cm.)
|Adhesive tape, 3/8 in. x 2.5 yd. (2.3m) total||1|
Antibiotic treatment, 0.14 oz. (0.5 g)
|Antiseptic, 0.14 fl. oz. (0.5g) application||10|
|Burn treatment, 1/32 oz. (0.9g) application||6|
|Medical exam gloves||2 pairs|
|Sterile pads, 3in. x 3in. (7.5cm x 7.5cm)||4|
|Triangular bandage, 40" x 40"x 56" 101cm x 101cm x 142cm)||1|
Optional items and sizes:
Federal OSHA recommends the need for an automated external defibrillator (AED) also be considered.