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The Different Types of First Aid Kits

September 28 First Aid Supplies

Business owners are responsible for the health and safety of their employees regardless of their industry or the size of their business. Should an employee become injured on the job, owners must be able to provide emergency care or train a safety officer to provide care in their place. To ensure that treatment is effectively administered until emergency medical responders arrive, you will need a suitable first aid kit. As leading providers of first aid kits and other important safety supplies, the team at EFAS Safety knows how important it is to have the right equipment on hand. That is why we have provided some information on the different types of first aid kits to help you determine which kit is best for your needs and/or required by law.

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Which Type of First Aid Kit is Right for Your Operation?

Understanding the differences between each type of first aid kit will allow you to determine the best option for your needs. First aid kits can be divided into the following types:

Personal

Personal first aid kits are ideal for workplaces where an employee is working alone in a low to high-risk environment. A weatherproof cover is recommended as all items in a personal first aid kit must be kept dry and clean.

Basic

Workplaces with 2-10 workers on shift in a low to high-risk environment and close proximity to a hospital should utilize a basic first aid kit. All contents of a basic first aid kit must be kept clean, dry, and ready to take to the scene of an accident.

Level 1

Level 1 first aid kits can be used for a shift of 2-50 workers depending on the risk of injury and the required travel time to a hospital. Each of these kits must also include a rescue blanket to comply with WorkSafeBC requirements.

Level 2

A level 2 first aid kit can be used for a shift of 16-101 workers based on the risk of injury and proximity to the nearest hospital. Every level 2 first aid kit must also include a rescue blanket to comply with WorkSafeBC requirements.

Level 3

A level 3 first aid kit is suitable for an operation with a shift of 11-201 workers based on the risk of injury and the amount of time it will take to travel to the nearest hospital. These first aid kits are nearly identical to level 2 kits, but they feature the addition of a portable suction unit. For some level 3 workplaces, an oxygen kit may be required but not included in the first aid kit.

To learn more about our selection of first aid kits or to inquire about our other safety solutions, get in touch with the team at EFAS Safety. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.