First Aid Kits

When it comes to providing employees with a safe work environment, one of the most important items to have in any workplace or jobsite is a first aid kit.

Our team of highly qualified EFAS representatives can save you time and money by delivering your new first aid kits right to your business location. We will even take care of restocking and inspecting all of your first aid kits to make sure that they are in optimal working condition. All of our mobile safety supply services for first aid kits are designed to accommodate your schedule, as well as to meet all WorkSafe standards.

If you are unsure about what type of first aid kit will work best for your workplace, our team of highly trained and experienced EFAS representatives can help ensure that you have the right first aid kits and supplies for your place of business. All first aid kits from EFAS are WorkSafe compliant and come with mobile safety supply services for restocking and inspecting your company’s first aid kits.

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Are Workplace First Aid Kits Required?

Workplace safety regulations in British Columbia mandate the use of certain BC regulation first aid kits that vary based on the number of employees, the location of the workplace, and any occupational hazards present. Companies that do not comply with these regulations can face a fine, while also putting employees at risk of injury.

Why Do You Need a Workplace First Aid Kit?

As a business owner, you are responsible for the safety of your employees and must be able to provide emergency care in the event that someone is injured on the job. In some cases, depending on the size and type of the business, business owners may also be required to select and train a safety officer to administer first aid to injured employees.

How Many First Aid Kits are Required in the Workplace?

All Canadian companies must have at least one full basic first aid kit in every area where people are working, including work vehicles. This means that there should be at least one first aid kit on each floor of a multi-level building. Companies that have more than 50 employees should have at least two first aid kits and, for every additional 50 employees, another first aid kit should be provided.

Where Should You Keep a First Aid Kit?

Whenever possible, first aid kits should be kept close to a sink with both hot and cold running water and in close proximity to clean towels. In areas where no sink is available, first aid kits should contain sterile saline solution or wipes, as well as hand sanitizer. First aid kits should also be kept close to areas of the workplace that contain special hazards, such as heavy machinery.

What Items Are Found in a First Aid Kit?

While most first aid kits contain the majority of the same first aid supplies, the contents of the first aid kit for your particular business will depend on the circumstances and hazards of your workplace, as well as the number of employees on site.

Personal First Aid Kits

Personal first aid kits should be used in workplaces where an employee is working alone in a low to high risk environment. Since all items in a personal first aid kit must be kept dry and clean, a weather proof container is recommended. First aid supplies found in a personal first aid kit include:

  • 1 pressure dressing
  • 6 sterile adhesive dressings of assorted sizes (individually wrapped)
  • 1 wallet-sized instruction card advising the worker to report any injuries to the employer for first aid records and instructions on how to call for assistance
  • 6 wound cleaning towelettes (individually packaged)—14 cm x 19 cm
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Basic First Aid Kits

Basic first aid kits should be used in workplaces that have 2-10 workers on shift in a low to high risk environment and close proximity to a hospital. All items in these first aid kits must be kept clean and dry, as well as ready to take to the scene of an accident. First aid supplies found in a basic first aid kit include:

  • 12 wound cleaning towelettes (individually packaged)—14 cm x 19 cm
  • 30 hand cleansing towelettes (individually packaged)
  • 50 sterile adhesive dressings of assorted sizes (individually wrapped)
  • 6 sterile gauze dressings (individually packaged)—10 cm x 10 cm
  • 2 sterile pressure dressings with crepe ties—10 cm x 16.5 cm
  • 2 sterile abdominal dressings (individually packaged)—20 cm x 25 cm
  • 4 cotton triangular bandages with a minimum base length of 1.25 m
  • 2 safety pins
  • Stainless steel bandage scissors or universal scissors—14 cm
  • 1 set of stainless-steel silver forceps—11.5 cm
  • 6 cotton tip applicators
  • 1 roll of adhesive tape—2.5 cm x 4.5 m
  • 1 crepe roller bandage—7.5 cm x 4.5 m
  • 1 pocket mask with a one-way valve and oxygen inlet
  • 6 pairs of medical gloves (preferably non-latex)
  • 1 instruction card advising the worker to report any injuries to the employer for first aid records and instructions on how to call for assistance
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Level 1 First Aid Kits

Level 1 first aid kits can be used in low to high risk work environments, depending on the number of workers and the distance from the hospital. All items in these first aid kits must be kept dry and clean and should be ready to take to the scene of an accident at all times. A weatherproof container is recommended for storing all items, except the blankets which need to be readily available to the first aid attendant. First aid items in a level 1 first aid kit include:

  • 3 blankets
  • 24 wound cleaning towelettes (individually packaged)—14 cm x 19 cm
  • 60 hand cleansing towelettes (individually packaged)
  • 100 sterile adhesive dressings of assorted sizes (individually wrapped)
  • 12 sterile gauze dressings (individually packaged)—10 cm x 10 cm
  • 4 sterile pressure dressings with crepe ties—10 cm x 16.5 cm
  • 2 crepe roller bandages—7.5 cm x 4.5 m
  • 1 roll of adhesive tape—2.5 cm x 4.5 m
  • 4 sterile abdominal dressings (individually packaged)—20 cm x 25 cm
  • 6 cotton triangular bandages with a minimum base length of 1.25 m
  • 4 safety pins
  • Stainless steel bandage scissors or universal scissors—14 cm
  • 1 set of stainless-steel silver forceps—11.5 cm
  • 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
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Level 2 First Aid Kits

Similar to level 1 first aid kits, level 2 first aid kits can be used in low to high risk work environments, depending on the number of workers and the distance from the hospital. All items in these first aid kits must be kept dry and clean and should be ready to take to the scene of an accident at all times. A weatherproof container is recommended for storing all items, except the blankets which need to be readily available to the first aid attendant. First aid items in a level 2 first aid kit include:

  • 3 blankets
  • 24 wound cleaning towelettes (individually packaged)—14 cm x 19 cm
  • 150 sterile adhesive dressings of assorted sizes (individually wrapped)
  • 12 sterile gauze dressings (individually packaged)—10 cm x 10 cm
  • 4 sterile pressure dressings with crepe ties—10 cm x 16.5 cm
  • 10 sterile abdominal dressings (individually packaged)—20 cm x 25 cm
  • 12 cotton triangular bandages with a minimum base length of 1.25 m
  • 2 rolls of adhesive tape—2.5 cm x 4.5 m
  • 6 crepe roller bandages—7.5 cm x 4.5 m
  • Sterile 0.9% sodium chloride solution (saline)— 500 mL unbreakable container
  • Liquid antibacterial soap—60 mL unbreakable container
  • 1 pair of universal scissors
  • 1 set of stainless-steel silver forceps—11.5 cm
  • 1 penlight or flashlight with batteries
  • 1 Esmarch gum rubber bandage—7.5 cm x 4.5 m
  • 6 pairs of medical gloves (preferably non-latex)
  • 1 portable oxygen therapy unit consisting of cylinders of compressed oxygen, a pressure regulator, a pressure gauge, a flow meter, and a non-rebreathing mask
  • 1 oropharyngeal airway kit
  • 1 manually operated self-inflating bag-valve mask unit with an oxygen reservoir
  • 6 patient assessment charts
  • First aid records and pen
  • 1 pocket mask with a one-way valve and oxygen inlet
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Level 3 First Aid Kits

Level 3 first aid kits are also used in low to high risk environments, depending on the number of workers and proximity to a hospital. These first aid kits are the same as level 2 first aid kits with the addition of 1 portable suction unit.

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Should Pain Relief Medication be Kept in a First Aid Kit?

While it is recommended that over-the-counter pain relief medications, such as aspirin, should not be given to employees who have been injured at work (unless the person dispensing the medicine is medically qualified to do so), some employers may decide to make pain relief medicine available for employees to administer to themselves. Providing over-the-counter pain relief medicines for relatively minor symptoms, such as headaches, can prevent employees from leaving work to seek medical help; however, business owners who choose to provide employees with pain relief medication will need to monitor the usage of the medication to prevent misuse, abuse, or accidental over-dosage.

Any pain relief medication that is described as pharmacy only, prescription medicine, or restricted medicine should never be provided in first aid kits.

How Often Should First Aid Kits be Replaced?

The contents of a first aid kit can become damaged due to frequent use, moisture, or air exposure or may become expired, as many items in a first aid kit tend to expire about 3-5 years after the manufacture date. Since the contents of a first aid kit can become damaged or will expire over time, business owners will need to review the contents of their business’ first aid kits every couple of months in order to keep them as up to date as possible. Items that can only be used once should be restocked as soon as possible after use.

Where to Buy a First Aid Kit?

If you are looking to purchase one or multiple first aid kits for your workplace, we can help. At EFAS, we offer a selection of different first aid kits and first aid supplies, making it easy to find the perfect first aid kit for your business needs.

To learn more about the first aid kits and supplies that we offer, get in touch with the experts from EFAS today at 604-294-EFAS.