Build Your First Aid Kit According to OSHA Standards
When creating a first aid kit for your business, you should always keep in mind that you’re required to adhere to specific standards to keep your emergency supplies up to code. To ensure your kit adheres to OSHA’s current requirements, you’ll need to take several issues into consideration:
- The contents of your emergency kit
- The number of employees you have in a space
- The number of different business functions occurring in a single building
Taking these details into consideration allows you to identify which products and how many kits you need in total to keep your workplace safe on a day-to-day basis.
First Aid Kits
What Goes in a Kit?
To have a complete first aid kit for your West Dundee, IL, business, you’ll need to include:
- A number of gauze pads measuring at least 4x4”
- 2 larger gauze pads measuring 8x10”
- A box of adhesive bandages
- A package of 2”-wide gauze rollers bandages
- 2 triangular bandages
- Sealed moist towelettes or another wound-cleaning agent
- A minimum of 1 blanket
- Adhesive tape
- Latex gloves (and a recommended latex alternative in case of allergies)
- Resuscitation equipment like a pocket mask
- A pair of elastic wraps
- A splint
- Directions for contacting emergency services in your area
How Many Kits Do You Need?
Each kit is designed to cover two to three people, meaning you’ll need to have more kits the more employees you have on the job at a time. Furthermore, you’ll need at least one kit for each individual operation taking place at your particular place of business, or at least increase the quantities of the supplies in each kit to reflect the number of employees and operations on hand.
Assembling a proper first aid kit should be one of your top priorities when it comes to taking care of your employees’ needs on the job. Consult OSHA’s official guide on the matter for a great place to start when putting together your emergency kits.