We often get questions from our clients on how to manage first aid kits, what they’re supposed to contain, how often they should be restocked, etc..  This blog post addresses some of those questions and gives great guidance on how to manage your first aid kits, protect your employees, and avoid costly OSHA fines and penalties.

First Aid Kit Contents

The latest guidance on workplace first aid kits is ANSI Z308.1-2015. They break it out into Class A (most common types of injuries) and Class B (high risk or more complex injuries).

There are 4 different types, depending on where the kits will be located. This is really designed to determine portability and container material.

Type I: Indoor, fixed mounted first aid kit

Type II: Indoor portable, harsh indoor conditions.

Type III: Indoor/sheltered outdoor portable for normal conditions

Type IV: Portable kit designed for transportation and construction.

The following is the minimum a company should be stocking their kits with.

Required Supplies in ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 Class A First Aid Kits:

•  16 – Adhesive Bandages, 1″ x 3″

•     1 – Adhesive Tape 2.5 yd

•  10 – Antibiotic Treatment Application, 1/57 oz

•  10 – Antiseptic Applications 1/57 oz

•     1 – Breathing Barrier

•     1 – Burn Dressing, gel soaked, 4″ x 4″

•  10 – Burn Treatment, 1/32 oz

•     1 – Cold Pack

•     2 – Eye Covering

•     1 – Eye Wash, 1 oz.

•     1 – First Aid Guide

•     6 – Hand Sanitizer, 0.9g                            •     2 – Pair Exam Gloves                              •     1 – Roller Bandage, 2″ x 4 yds                            •     1 – Scissors                            •     2 – Sterile Pad, 3″ x 3″                            •     2 – Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″                             •     1 – Triangular Bandage, 40″ x 40″ x 56″

 

Required Supplies in ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 Class B First Aid Kits:

•  50 – Adhesive Bandages, 1″ x 3″

•     2 – Adhesive Tape 2.5 yd

•  25 – Antibiotic Treatment Application, 1/57 oz

•  50 – Antiseptic Applications 1/57 oz

•     1 – Breathing Barrier

•     2 – Burn Dressing, gel soaked, 4″ x 4″

•  25 – Burn Treatment, 1/32 oz

•     2 – Cold Pack

•     2 – Eye Covering

•     1 – Eye Wash, 4 oz.

•     1 – First Aid Guide                            •  10 – Hand Sanitizer, 0.9g                            •     4 – Pair Exam Gloves                              •     2 – Roller Bandage, 2″ x 4 yds

•     1 – Roller Bandage, 4″ x 4 yds                            •     1 – Scissors

•     1 – Splint – min 4″ x 24″                            •     4 – Sterile Pad, 3″ x 3″

•     1 – Tourniquet                            •     4 – Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″                             •     2 – Triangular Bandage, 40″ x 40″ x 56″

 

In addition to this information, we recommend adding a First Aid log posted with each kit.  This is used so employees can document minor first aid injuries.  This gives them a documented time and date of a workplace injury (in the event it gets worse/infected), but also helps us identify trends.  My experience shows I learned more from reviewing first aid logs than my workers comp claims.  Discovering the trends can allow us to implement protective measures to prevent claims.

The log is not really to track supplies used (which most employees think) but document injuries.

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