First-Aid Kit Facts

Contents of a First-Aid Kit

Workplaces vary widely in their degree of hazards, location, size, amount of staff training, and availability of professional medical services. 

However, since some employers may find it useful to refer to a list of basic first-aid supplies, federal OSHA provided a reference for this type of information.  Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies. 

First-aid kits in compliance with this standard will provide a basic range of products to deal with most types of injuries encountered in the workplace and may be adequate for a small worksite. 

Employers should evaluate their own workplaces to determine whether additional supplies or kits are needed, based on the size and specific hazards of their workplaces. 

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2009

Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies Basic kit-minimum contents

Item Minimum Quantity
Absorbent compress, 32sq. in. (206 sq. cm.) with no side smaller than 4" (10 cm.) 1

Adhesive bandages, 1" x 3" (2.5cm. x 7.5cm.)

Adhesive tape, 3/8 in. x 2.5 yd. (2.3m) total 1

Antibiotic treatment, 0.14 oz. (0.5 g)

Antiseptic, 0.14 fl. oz. (0.5g) application 10
Burn treatment, 1/32 oz. (0.9g) application 6
First-aid guide 1
Medical exam gloves 2 pairs
Sterile pads, 3in. x 3in. (7.5cm x 7.5cm) 4
Triangular bandage, 40" x 40"x 56" 101cm x 101cm x 142cm) 1

Optional items and sizes:

  • Analgesic
  • Breathing barrier for CPR
  • Burn dressing
  • Cold packs
  • Eye Covering(s)
  • Eye/skin wash, 4 fl. oz.
  • Hand sanitizer with a minimum of 61% ethyl alcohol
  • Roller bandages at leas 2" wide and 4 yards long

Federal OSHA recommends the need for an automated external defibrillator (AED) also be considered.