Guide to Stocking the Office First Aid Kit

An inexpensive office first aid kit can handle small injuries experienced in an office. You can purchase a fully stocked first aid kit online or from an office supply store, but it is relatively simple to put a basic one together. The smallest kit should hold a package of bandages, tweezers, sample size pain reliever and antiseptic spray. This is the bare minimum first aid kit.

The Kit

A purchased first aid kit will come in a plastic box or in a zippered, soft-sided bag. It is usually white with a red cross, or a white cross on a green background, which is the International first aid symbol. The advantage to these kits is that they come fully assembled, usually with more than what you will need to treat a minor injury.

You can use container, either hard plastic or a soft-sided zippered bag that can be placed in a filing cabinet or drawer. Though most readily available first aid packages come in an opaque, usually a white, container, a transparent container, so you can see everything inside the kit at a glance, is useful. If you are making your own kit, you should label it "first aid" in bold, large letters, so it can be found readily in an emergency, especially if it is in a cabinet with several other similar containers.

Bandages

All first aid kits need bandages, and though a basic kit can have a small package of adhesive bandages in a few sizes, a larger kit will have small bandages, for paper cuts, as well as elbow and knuckle bandages. Most readymade kits also include a sling for immobilizing an injured arm, and these can be purchased on their own in the same section as the bandages in any store for fewer than five dollars. Gauze and cotton pads will also require tape to make them adhere, as well as scissors to cut the tape or bandage if necessary. A small pair of sharp scissors should be kept with the bandages in the first aid kit.

Antiseptic

Antiseptics in a first aid kits are for the topical treatment of wounds and burns. For small wounds, hydrogen peroxide and cotton swabs are sufficient. A small tube of burn ointment should also be placed in the kit. Add antiseptic wipes to a kit and provide a hand sanitizer to the kit, so the person can clean their hands before treating an injury.

Checklist

Check the first aid kit every six months to make sure it is fully stocked, since people use items from the kit and forget to tell the person in charge that the last item is gone. Basic checklist:

  • bandages
  • antiseptic ointment for wounds
  • antiseptic ointment for burns
  • scissors
  • pain reliever
  • latex gloves
  • tweezers