1910.266 App A - First-aid Kits (Mandatory) (2023)

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Appendix A to § 1910.266 - First-Aid Kits (Mandatory)

The following list sets forth the minimally acceptable number and type of first-aid supplies for first-aid kits required under paragraph (d)(2) of the logging standard. The contents of the first-aid kit listed should be adequate for small work sites, consisting of approximately two to three employees. When larger operations or multiple operations are being conducted at the same location, additional first-aid kits should be provided at the work site or additional quantities of supplies should be included in the first-aid kits:

  1. Gauze pads (at least 4 x 4 inches).
  2. Two large gauze pads (at least 8 x 10 inches).
  3. Box adhesive bandages (band-aids).
  4. One package gauze roller bandage at least 2 inches wide.
  5. Two triangular bandages.
  6. Wound cleaning agent such as sealed moistened towelettes.
  7. Scissors.
  8. At least one blanket.
  9. Tweezers.
  10. Adhesive tape.
  11. Latex gloves.
  12. Resuscitation equipment such as resuscitation bag, airway, orpocket mask.
  13. Two elastic wraps.
  14. Splint.
  15. Directions for requesting emergency assistance.

[59 FR 51672, Oct. 12, 1994; 60 FR 47022, Sept. 8, 1995]

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Is it mandatory to have a first aid kit? ›

Employers' legal duties

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

Does OSHA has a minimum requirement for the contents of first aid kits? ›

Therefore, employers are required to provide first aid supplies that are most appropriate to respond to incidents at their workplaces. OSHA allows employers to provide first aid supplies specific to the needs of their workplace.

What is OSHA's requirements for first aid kits *? ›

OSHA does not require specific first aid kits for a given industry. Although they state that “adequate supplies should be readily available,” the idea is that the on-hand kits contain items that are as general as possible and capable of addressing most injuries that can occur in a workplace.

How often does OSHA require first aid kits to be inspected? ›

Inspection and availability of first aid kits.

Additionally, the contents of first aid kits must be inspected at least annually to ensure that the items are useable and all required items are present in the kits (1910.269(b)(3)).

Is first aid an OSHA requirement? ›

OSHA recommends, but does not require, that every workplace include one or more employees who are trained and certified in first aid, including CPR. The other option for employers is to rely upon the reasonable proximity of an infirmary, clinic or hospital.

What are the standard requirements for a first aid kit? ›

What Are the Requirements for a First Aid Kit? The requirements are the essential items that should be contained in a basic first aid pack like plasters, sterile gauze dressings, sterile eye dressings, triangular bandages, crepe rolled bandages, safety pins, disposable sterile gloves and tweezers.

What is the minimum equipment required to be worn by OSHA standards? ›

With few exceptions, OSHA requires employers to pay for personal protective equipment when it is used to comply with OSHA standards. These typically include: hard hats, gloves, goggles, safety shoes, safety glasses, welding helmets and goggles, face shields, chemical protective equipment and fall protection equipment.

What is the OSHA fine for first aid kits? ›

It is also important to note that 29 CFR 1910.151 can be cited for both first aid training and first aid supplies. A fine for a single violation can go up to $145,027 depending on how OSHA interprets the employer's intentions.

Is first aid only OSHA recordable? ›

You must consider an injury or illness to meet the general recording criteria, and therefore to be recordable, if it results in any of the following: death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.

What is not allowed in a first aid kit? ›

The things that are not recommended to be included in a first aid box are any kind of medication or tablets.

Do first aid kits expire? ›

You should replace used items as soon as they are used so that they are not missing from your kit in case of emergency. Some items within your first aid kit can expire. Items that have passed their expiry date should be disposed and replaced as they may not be effective and can start to deteriorate, making them unsafe.

What is the difference between Class A and B first aid kits? ›

Classes and Types of First Aid Kits and Required Supplies

Class A kits are designed to deal with the most common types of workplace injuries. Class B kits are designed to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments and contain a broader range and quantity of supplies.

How many times a year should you check your safety kit? ›

Check the contents of your kits at least once a year and replace supplies that have expired.

Who must approve first aid supplies? ›

Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Do OSHA inspections usually happen without advance? ›

Normally, OSHA conducts inspections without advance notice. Employers have the right to require compliance officers to obtain an inspection warrant before entering the worksite. During the walkaround, compliance officers may point out some apparent violations that can be corrected immediately.

What is the OSHA 4 minute rule? ›

§ 1910.269

When an electric shock victim goes into cardiac arrest or ventricular fibrillation, it is important to call for emergency medical support (EMS) and start CPR within 4 minutes and continue CPR until rescue crews arrive.

How many classes of first aid kits are there OSHA? ›

The newest ANSI/ISEA standard introduces two classes of first aid kits: Class A and Class B. Class A kits are designed to deal with the most common types of workplace injuries.

What should be a standard first aid kit for workplace? ›

Disposable gloves: used to reduce the risk of infection. Face shields or pocket masks: used to prevent infection when you give rescue breaths. Cleansing wipes, alcohol free wipes: used to clean the skin around the wound. Adhesive tape: used to hold dressings or the loose end of bandages in place.

How many back blows should be given? ›

Bend them forwards and give up to 5 back blows to try and dislodge the blockage. Hit them firmly on their back with the heel of your hand between the shoulder blades. Hitting them on their back creates a strong vibration and pressure in the airway, which is often enough to dislodge the blockage.

What are OSHA guidelines standards for? ›

OSHA standards are rules that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards. There are four groups of OSHA standards: General Industry, Construction, Page 10 OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 8 Maritime, and Agriculture.

What is OSHA limit? ›

OSHA sets permissible exposure limits (PELs) to protect workers against the health effects of exposure to hazardous substances. PELs are regulatory limits on the amount or concentration of a substance in the air. They may also contain a skin designation. PELs are enforceable.

What is OSHA requirements of each employer? ›

Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act. Examine workplace conditions to make sure they conform to applicable OSHA standards. Make sure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment.

What are the three primary categories of supplies needed in first aid kits? ›

Bandages: used to cover wounds and control bleeding. Medicines: used to treat common ailments such as stomach aches, allergies, and pain. Basic Medical Tools: include simple tools such as tweezers to remove splinters, trauma shears to cut gauze and bandages, and a thermometer to check patient temperature.

Are tourniquets required in first aid kits? ›

A Tourniquet Is the Most Important Thing Your First Aid Kit Needs.

Does a bandaid count as a first aid? ›

The recordkeeping rule defines first aid under section 1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(D), "Using wound coverings, such as bandages, Band-Aids™, gauze pads, etc.; or using butterfly bandages or Steri-strips™ (other wound closing devices, such as sutures, staples, etc.

Is an xray considered first aid for OSHA? ›

For example, getting an x-ray for diagnostic purposes or the Page 4 drilling of a fingernail to relieve pressure is considered first aid treatment.

What are the golden rules of first aid? ›

Loosen all tight clothing or materials around the victim's neck waist, wrist, etc. Arrest bleeding, cover all wounds, burns or scalds and immobilize all fractures. Improvise all necessary materials, which are not readily available. Dispose/transport the victim properly.

What are the 4 B's of first aid? ›

Essentially there are four B's to remember when assessing a scene – in this order of importance; Breathing, Bleeding, Burns and Bones. Another acronym, the ABC of Airway, Breathing and Circulation has been extended. It's now the DRS ABCD; Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, CPR, Defibrillation.

Do you have to give casualty breaths during CPR? ›

After every 30 chest compressions, give 2 rescue breaths. Tilt the person's head gently and lift the chin up with 2 fingers. Pinch the person's nose. Seal your mouth over their mouth and blow steadily and firmly into their mouth for about 1 second.

Should you have an epipen in your first aid kit? ›

Emergency Use

The EpiPens should be placed in the first aid kits and will be administered by First Responders (CPR, AED, and First Aid) who have been trained to use them.

How do you dispose of expired first aid kits? ›

Throw Items Away in Domestic Waste and Recycle The Packaging

If your first aid kit contains soiled or damaged items or products that are no longer sterile and past their expiry date, the safest option is to simply throw them away.

Why do bandaids expire? ›

Bandages, adhesive and non-adhesive, have an expiration date. Bandages protect wounds from infectious agents and can save lives in the event of excess bleeding. Bandages that expire lose adhesiveness and sterility and do not effectively treat wounds.

Is it okay to use expired gauze? ›

Although bandages don't go bad, per se, they can lose their adhesiveness over time. If they are older than five years, it's a good idea to replace them. Likewise, compresses and gauze last indefinitely, but they can get moldy or damaged.

What are the 7 steps of first aid? ›

Emergency advice
  • Check for Danger.
  • Check for a Response.
  • Open Airway.
  • Check Breathing.
  • Check Circulation.
  • Treat the steps as needed.

Do I really need a first aid kit? ›

A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies. Keep at least one first-aid kit in your home and one in your car. Store your kits someplace easy to get to and out of the reach of young children.

How do I identify my first aid kit? ›

The international standard for first aid kits is that they should be identified with the ISO graphical symbol for first aid (from ISO 7010), which is an equal white cross on a green background. Standard kits often come in durable plastic boxes, fabric pouches or in wall mounted cabinets.

Can you lock a first aid cabinet? ›

To answer your question succinctly, yes, first aid cabinets can be locked; however, they must be readily accessible in the event of an emergency. Locking the cabinet may limit accessibility.

How do you store a 72 hour kit? ›

A water-tight container is most ideal for keeping a 72-Hour Kit. Suggested Areas To Store Emergency Kit(s): Store grab-and-go food and water container where easy to access in case you are advised to evacuate. Children and adults keep their emergency kit(s) in their bedrooms.

Where should I keep my emergency kit? ›

Kit Storage Locations
  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. ...
  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
May 10, 2022

What can trigger an OSHA inspection? ›

6 Most Common Triggers of an OSHA Inspection
  • 1-Situations that Present Imminent Danger. ...
  • 2-Severe Injuries and Illnesses. ...
  • 3-Health & Safety Complaints from Workers. ...
  • 4-Referrals. ...
  • 5-Targeted Inspections for Hazardous Industries or Workplaces. ...
  • 6-Follow-Up Inspections.
Feb 5, 2018

What is something you should not do during an OSHA inspection? ›

You can be criminally liable for falsifying data on OSHA 300 logs or other records.
  • Block the door. Or be “too busy.” Or shut down. ...
  • Lie or clam up. Obstructing an inspection can carry criminal penalties. ...
  • Coach employee responses. Pressuring employees to answer questions your way could backfire.
Apr 21, 2015

Can OSHA shut down a jobsite? ›

OSHA officials can order work to stop if they find a severe risk on-site, but contrary to popular belief, they don't have the authority to shut down a business entirely. Only a court order can do that.

What can I use if I don't have a first aid kit? ›

Here are our top four household items to use in your improvised first aid kit:
  1. Clingfilm. Clingfilm can be used to cover burn and scald injuries one they've been cooled for at least ten minutes. ...
  2. Frozen Food. ...
  3. Clean Towels or Clothes. ...
  4. Bottled Water or Other Drinks.
Mar 18, 2018

Who needs a first aid kit and why? ›

First aid is important for a number of situations that don't require a trip to the hospital or emergency room. These situations include minor falls, bee stings, burns, allergic reactions, and other common accidents. A first aid kit is helpful for these types of situations.

What happens if you don't know first aid? ›

In some situations if a patient doesn't receive basic first aid care immediately their situation will deteriorate – often rapidly. By being able to provide basic care you can stabilize a patient until emergency medical services arrives.

Is it fine to keep the first aid kit hidden and why? ›

When responding in an emergency situation, time is precious and should not be wasted searching for a first aid kit hidden deep in a drawer. Keep your first aid kit in a noticeable place and have signs and markings to identify its location.

What is the difference between a first aid kit and a medical kit? ›

In comparison to a first aid kit, a medical kit might include items such as syringes, sterile gloves, and other necessary supplies to treat severe injuries or any illnesses. A doctor's medical kit is intended for use by trained medical personnel in more serious instances.

What is the most important first aid kit? ›

The Five Most Important Items for a First Aid Kit

Bandages and dressings –a few adhesive bandages and gauze dressings to cover wounds. Antibiotic cream – check the expiration date. Scissors to cut dressings, clothing, rope, seatbelts and more. Needle-nose tweezers to pull out splinters, ticks, thorns and rattlesnake ...

What is the three purpose of a first aid kit? ›

As a result, an emergency first aid kit designed for use in a disaster must serve multiple purposes: 1) contain provisions for minor injuries and illnesses, 2) provide life-saving equipment for severe injuries, and 3) serve as a resource for longer-term issues, such as wound care or minor illnesses, when access to a ...

Why is first aid necessary? ›

The purpose of first aid is to minimize injury and future disability. In serious cases, first aid may be necessary to keep the victim alive.

What are the 10 basic first aid procedures? ›

DRABC is an acronym to describe the procedures used by first aiders when providing first aid:
  • D for Danger – Assess the situation.
  • R for Response – Check consciousness, check on vital signs.
  • A for Airway – Open airway.
  • B for Breathing – Check respiration rates.
  • C for Circulation – Give chest compressions.

What are 10 items in a first aid box? ›

A basic first aid kit may contain:
  • plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes.
  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings.
  • at least 2 sterile eye dressings.
  • triangular bandages.
  • crêpe rolled bandages.
  • safety pins.
  • disposable sterile gloves.
  • tweezers.

How long can you keep a first aid kit? ›

Most first-aid kits will have an expiration date listed on them. Although these vary according to the specific kit, three to five years is the most common shelf life. Sometimes, specific expiration dates will be listed on individual items in the first-aid kit.

Where is the best place to keep your first aid kit Why? ›

At home the best place to keep the kit is in the kitchen – since this is often a gathering place – as well as where many injuries occur. It is not a good idea to keep your home kit in the bathroom due to the amount of humidity, as many medications are recommended to keep at room temperature.

Can first aid kits be locked? ›

To answer your question succinctly, yes, first aid cabinets can be locked; however, they must be readily accessible in the event of an emergency. Locking the cabinet may limit accessibility.

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