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Crucial OSHA Items That Should Be in Your First Aid Kit 

 July 10, 2024

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, sets and enforces regulations that are intended to keep workers safe. When it comes to first aid supplies, OSHA only has specific requirements for a limited number of high-risk industries. In most cases, owners and managers have a significant amount of leeway as far as what to include in their first aid kits, how many kits to have, and where to store them.

OSHA Requirements and Recommendations

Employers must provide first aid supplies that can be used to treat common injuries. Specific requirements depend on the type of workplace, the number of employees, and the risks they face.

Construction companies, marine and long shoring operations, and shipyards must supply first aid kits, as well as stretchers and other equipment that can be used to treat injured workers. For most industries, OSHA refers employers to guidelines set by the American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association. 

ANSI Z308.1 lays out minimum requirements for supplies that should be included in first aid kits. OSHA has not officially adopted that standard, which means employers aren’t required to follow it, but it’s a helpful reference.

Supplies to Include in a First Aid Kit

ANSI recognizes that workplaces differ and that a one-size-fits-all solution won’t work. ANSI divides first aid kits into classes that are designed to suit different needs. 

Class A first aid kits include bandages, gauze, antiseptic ointment, gloves, burn cream, cold packs, and other supplies that can be used to handle minor injuries. Class A first aid kits also have supplies that can be used to treat more serious injuries until an ambulance arrives or a patient is transported to a hospital.

Class B first aid kits give employees the tools needed to handle a wider range of injuries. Class B kits include the same types of supplies that are found in Class A first aid kits, plus a splint and a tourniquet.

The type of kit that’s appropriate depends on the specific needs of a workplace. In many cases, keeping a kit in a drawer or mounting a first aid cabinet on a wall makes sense. If employees travel in company vehicles, they need portable first aid kits

The number of kits required depends on the number of staff, the building’s size, and its layout. For a small business, one first aid kit might be sufficient. A larger company might need several first aid kits strategically placed throughout the building. 

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