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OSHA Watch Question of the Month - Sept/Oct 2004

September/October Question of the Month: What needs to be in a first aid kit?

Although most medical workplaces have supplies to handle minor emergencies, OSHA requires a separate first aid kit for employee injuries:

* 4" x 4" gauze pads
* Two 8" x 10" gauze pads
* One box of adhesive bandages
* One gauze roller bandage at least 2" wide
* Two triangular bandages
* Wound-cleaning agent such as sealed moistened towelettes
* Scissors
* One blanket
* Tweezers
* Adhesive tape
* Latex gloves
* Airway or pocket mask
* Two elastic wraps
* Splint
* Directions for requesting emergency assistance (if carefiver is not available, such as in a dentist's office)

Source: American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

(Editor's Note: Your workplace could have additional hazards that necessitate additional components).

Posted by Quality America on December 20, 2005 | Comments (0)


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