First Aid Kits

First aid kits are not required on campus, however many departments and offices wishes to have them available in case of small incidents. Cal-OSHA and Fed OSHA does not have a minimum requirement, but references ANSI Z308.1-2015 Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits. According to the ANSI document there are two types of first aid kits: Class A and Class B.

Class A first aid kits are designed to deal with the most common types of workplace injuries, such as an office or classroom setting.

Class B first aid kits are designed with a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in a complex or high-risk environments, such as an construction, laboratory, or outdoor field work setting.

ANSI Z308.1-2015, Table 1: Classes of First Aid Kits & Required Supplies
First Aid Supply Minimum Quantity Minimum Size or Volume
Class A Kit Class B Kit (U.S.) (Metric)
Adhesive Bandage 16 60 1x3 inch 2.5x7.5 cm
Adhesive Tape 1 2 2.5 yard total 2.3 m
Antibiotic Application 10 25 1/57 oz each 0.5 g each
Antiseptic 10 50 1/57 oz each 0.5 g each
Breathing Barrier (CPR) 1 1
Burn Dressing (Gel Soaked) 1 2 4x4 inch 10x10 cm
Burn Treatment 10 25 1/32 oz each 0.9 g each
Cold Pack 1 2 4x5 inch 10x12.5 cm
Eye Covering (with means of attachment) 2 2 2.9 square inch 19 square cm
Eye/Skin Wash 1 fl. oz total 29.6 mL
4 fl. oz total 118.3 ML
First Aid Guide 1 1
Hand Sanitizer 6 10 1/32 oz each 0.9 g each
Medical Exam Gloves 2 pairs 4 pairs Non latex, non powdered, large size
Roller Bandage (2 inch) 1 2 2 inches x 4 yards 5 cm x 3.66 m
Roller Bandage (4 inch) 0 1 4 inches x 4 yards 10 cm x 3.66 m
Scissors 1 1 Blunt tipped scissors
Splint 0 1 4x24 inches 10.2x61 cm
Sterile Pad 2 4 3x3 inches 7.5x7.5 cm
Tourniquet 0 1 1 inch width 2.5 cm width
Trauma Pad 2 4 5x9 inches 12.7x22.9 cm
Triangular Bandage 1 2 40x40x56 inches 101x101x142 cm

Oral medications are not included in this list. Over the counter medicines are not recommended items due to risk of allergic reaction unless specified by a consulting physician.

Supplies in your first aid kit should be based on the work hazards and number of people. The list above only lists the minimum amount of supplies. If you are unsure of your work place hazards, perform a job hazard analysis (JHA). JHAs can be done through EHS.

First aid kits are to be used by the injured party on a voluntary basis. If another person is to administer first aid, we recommend that they should be adequately trained by equal to that of the American Red Cross in first aid response.

In the Field

We have many employees who are out in the field working and may not have a hospital near to where they are working. If this is the case, we are required to provide:

  1. Availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation.
  2. A person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid.
  3. Adequate first aid materials readily available for employees on the job (Class B first aid kit).
  4. If exposure to injurious corrosive materials is to occur, facilities for quick drenching or flushing is required.
  5. Stretchers and blankets or other adequate warm covering may be required if ambulance services is not available within 30 minutes under normal conditions.

Best Practices

First aid kits shall be inspected at least quarterly and after every first aid/medical event to ensure completeness, condition of supplies and to replenish supplies beyond their expiration date. Expired items should be removed and replaced with new items.

Rubberized supplies should be made of natural rubber, synthetic latex and other hypoallergenic material such as nitrile to reduce risk of an allergic latex reaction.