One of the commonest questions we get while teaching workplace first aid (OFA1 in BC) is “What should we have in our first aid kit at work?” It would be easy to say ‘it’s in your training pack – go and look’ but we’ll also replicate the answer here for anyone who needs to know….
Level 1 first aid kit
These items must be kept clean and dry and must be ready to take to the scene of an accident. A weatherproof container is recommended for all items except the blankets. Blankets should be readily available to the first aid attendant.
- 3 blankets
- 24 14 cm x 19 cm wound cleaning towelettes, individually packaged
- 60 hand cleansing towelettes, individually packaged
- 100 sterile adhesive dressings, assorted sizes, individually packaged
- 12 10 cm x 10 cm sterile gauze dressings, individually packaged
- 4 10 cm x 16.5 cm sterile pressure dressings with crepe ties
- 2 7.5 cm x 4.5 m crepe roller bandages
- 1 2.5 cm x 4.5 m adhesive tape
- 4 20 cm x 25 cm sterile abdominal dressings, individually packaged
- 6 cotton triangular bandages, minimum length of base 1.25 m
- 4 safety pins
- 1 14 cm stainless steel bandage scissors or universal scissors
- 1 11.5 cm stainless steel sliver forceps
- 12 cotton tip applicators
- 1 pocket mask with a one-way valve and oxygen inlet
- 6 pairs of medical gloves (preferably non-latex)
- first aid records and pen
Easy really! If you’ve done your workplace first aid training with us, you’ll notice that there are no ‘paper stitches’ on the list, although you used them in class. They’re useful to have, but not a requirement of the kit. Same would go for eye-washes/eye-baths.