What Should be Included in a Workplace First Aid Kit?

First Aid Equipment | April 22, 2022

Knowing what should be included in a workplace first aid kit will help ensure that you are properly prepared when an injury or emergency occurs. At Western Equipment, we understand how important it is to have the proper first aid equipment for your facility regardless of the size of your team or the industry you work in. That is why we have compiled some information outlining how to determine what to include in a first aid kit, the different types of first aid kits, and the typical contents of workplace first aid kits.

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How to Determine What to Include in a First Aid Kit

Since most small injuries that occur in the workplace can be dealt with onsite, it is crucial—and often required by law—to ensure that you have a well-stocked first aid kit on hand. The items that should be included in your first aid kit will depend on the specific industry you work in and its overall risk factors. High-risk workplaces like construction sites, factories, and large warehouses will often require more specialized first aid equipment when compared to low-risk workplaces like small offices. To determine what items should be included in your workplace first aid kit, you will need to perform a thorough risk assessment or hire a third party to perform an inspection.

Types of First Aid Kits

Some of the different types of first aid kits that might be suitable for your business include:

  • Basic first aid kits
  • Level 1 first aid kits
  • Level 2 first aid kits
  • Vehicle first aid kits
  • First aid kits for industrial medical rooms

Items that are Included in Most First Aid Kits

While the exact items that will need to be included in your workplace first aid kit will depend on your industry and the size of your business, there are some basic first aid items that are included in most first aid kits. Some of the most basic first aid kit items are:

  • Sterile gauze dressings
  • Sterile bandages
  • Sterile eye pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Disposable gloves
  • Crepe rolled bandages
  • Finger dressings
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • Burn dressings
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors

If you would like to learn more about what a first aid kit should contain in your workplace or would like to inquire about our first aid equipment, get in touch with the team at Western Equipment. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products.