#YHSafetyTips - First Aid Kits

Posted by Ashley Bechtel in #YHSafetyTips, Oct 26, 2016

When you think about work place safety, how often do you think of your first aid kit? Having the proper items in your kit can really help immediately after an incident. Below are the items that OSHA requires, at bare minimum, to be in all first aid kits:

  1.  Gauze pads (at least 4x4 in)
  2.  Two large gauze pads (at least 8x10 in)
  3.  Box of adhesive bandages (Band-Aids)
  4.  One package of gauze roller bandage, at least 2 in wide
  5.  Two triangular bandages
  6.  Wound cleaning agent, such as sealed moistened towelettes
  7.  Scissors
  8.  At least one blanket
  9.  Tweezers
  10.  Adhesive tape
  11.  Latex gloves
  12.  Resuscitation equipment such as a resuscitation bag, airway, or pocket mask
  13.  Two elastic wraps
  14.  Splint
  15.  Directions for requesting emergency assistance

The list above is good for around 2-3 employees. If you have more than that, you must either provide additional supplies or additional first aid kits.

While OSHA doesn’t provide a lot of information about industry-specific requirements for first aid kits, the following conditions are outlined:

Employers must ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation for all matters of plant health.

If your workplace is located far away from a medical treatment facility (hospitals, clinics, infirmaries, etc.), a person or persons must be adequately trained to render first aid. You will also want to make sure that there are additional supplies in your first aid kit.


When working in an environment where a person could be exposed to corrosive materials, employers must provide suitable facilities for quick drenching of the eyes and body within the work area for immediate emergency use.

Check back next week for our discussion on what to wear in different types of workplaces.

If you missed last week’s post on Fall Protection, check it out here.

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