National Safety Month: What's in a First Aid Kit?
According to OSHA, a first aid program should be reviewed periodically.
Training supplies, equipment and policies should all be modified as necessary to ensure safety and health is maintained on the job, despite any changes in safety hazards, worker schedules or worksite locations.
Common first aid kits should contain the following items:
- Gauze pads (at least 4 by 4 inches)
- Two large gauze pads (at least 8 by 10 inches)
- A box of adhesive bandages (different sizes)
- One gauze roller bandage
- Two triangular bandages
- Wound cleaning agent
- At least one blanket
- Adhesive tape
- Latex gloves
- Resuscitation equipment (such as resuscitation bag, or airway or pocket mask)
- Two elastic wraps
- A splint
- Directions for requesting emergency assistance
Other items to consider: Examination gloves, instant cold pack, burn cream, sting relief pads, alcohol pads, antiseptic towelettes, first aid guide, cotton tip applicators, filtration mask and eye wash.
Information obtained by Safety and Health Magazine.