Friday, January 27, 2012

CAL/OSHA First Aid Contents Requirement

The Federal OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.151(B) states "Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available." Cal/OSHA has a slightly different verbiage and regulation that is more stringent. "The minimum first-aid supplies shall be determined by an employer-authorized, licensed physician or in accordance with the following Table:

Type of Supply Required

by Number of Employees
Supplies for First Aid



over
Dressings in adequate quantities consisting of:
1-5
6-15
16-200
200
1. Adhesive dressings
X
X
X
X
2. Adhesive tape rolls, 1-inch wide
X
X
X
X
3. Eye dressing packet
X
X
X
X
4. 1-inch gauze bandage roll or compress

X
X
X
5. 2-inch gauze bandage roll or compress
X
X
X
X
6. 4-inch gauze bandage roll or compress

X
X
X
7. Sterile gauze pads, 2-inch square
X
X
X
X
8. Sterile gauze pads, 4-inch square
X
X
X
X
9. Sterile surgical pads suitable for




pressure dressings


X
X
10. Triangular bandages
X
X
X
X
11. Safety pins
X
X
X
X
12. Tweezers and scissors
X
X
X
X
* Additional equipment in adequate




quantities consisting of:




13. Cotton-tipped applicators


X
X
14. Forceps


X
X
15. Emesis basin


X
X
16. Flashlight


X
X
17. Magnifying glass


X
X
18. Portable oxygen and its




breathing equipment



X
19. Tongue depressors



X
Appropriate record forms
X
X
X
X
Up-to-date 'standard' or 'advanced'




first-aid textbook, manual or




equivalent
X
X
X
X

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*To be readily available but not necessarily within the first-aid kit."
§1512. Emergency Medical Services.(c)(1)
National Safety Compliance has a wide range of First Aid Kits to choose from, starting with small personal first aid kits to large 5-shelf First Aid Cabinets.

1 comment:

  1. This table and verbiage is from CCR Title 8, Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders, Article 3. General, Section 1512. It applies ONLY to construction operations. Other work sites need to adhere to Section 3400 as a general rule, and to their specialized sections under CalOSHA as specified. Not all work site types have specific regulations.

    From the general section 3400:

    "(c) There shall be adequate first-aid materials, approved by the consulting physician, readily available for employees on every job. Such materials shall be kept in a sanitary and usable condition. A frequent inspection shall be made of all first-aid materials, which shall be replenished as necessary.

    (d) Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.

    (e) Stretchers and blankets, or other adequate warm covering, may be required by the Division, unless ambulance service is available within 30 minutes under normal conditions."

    There is also additional wording for creating an incident response plan and training requirements.

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