What Are Cal/OSHA First Aid Requirements in 2024?

As an employer in California, or an employee responsible for ensuring your workplace remains Cal/OSHA compliant, you may be wondering whether and how Cal/OSHA first aid requirements have changed in 2024. Read on to learn more and find out what it takes to keep your workplace first aid kits compliant with ANSI and Cal/OSHA standards.

Federal OSHA Regulation Standard 1910.151.b states that “adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available” in the workplace. OSHA references ANSI Z308.1-2021 Minimum Requirements for Workplace First-Aid Kits to establish the minimal contents of a generic first aid kit for the workplace.

The first aid kit contents listed in ANSI Z308.1-2021 have been carefully assembled to ensure that workplaces are prepared to treat common injuries such as cuts, burns, and even cardiac episodes. In order to avoid citations by Cal/OSHA, it is important for you to ensure that your workplace’s first aid kits meet the minimum requirements set forth in these guidelines.

Additionally, first aid kits may be classified as either “Class A” or “Class B” kits. Class B kits are designed with higher-risk work environments in mind, such as manufacturing facilities and workplaces that use heavy machinery, while Class A kits are meant to serve offices and other, lower-risk work environments. The difference between a Class A and Class B first aid kit comes down to the quantity of first aid materials available in each as well as the presence of a splint, tourniquet, and additional bandages in a Class B kit.

In 2024, there have been no changes to ANSI’s previously established guidelines for the items required in workplace first aid kits. For easy reference, we have assembled the following table, which describes the minimum requirements for a workplace first aid kit:

 

First Aid Supply Item Min Quantity Class A Min Quantity Class B Min Size/Vol Class A Min Size/Vol Class B
Adhesive Bandage 16 50 1 X 3 in. 2.5 x 7.5 cm
Adhesive Tape 1 2 2.5 yd (total) 2.3 m
Antibiotic Application 10 25 1/57 oz 0.5 g
Antiseptic 10 50 1/57 oz 0.5 g
Breathing Barrier 1 1 Ea. Ea.
Burn Dressing (gel soaked) 1 2 4 X 4 in. 10 x 10 cm
Burn Treatment 10 25 1/32 oz 0.9 g
Cold Pack 1 2 4 X 5 in. 10 x 12.5 cm
Eye Covering 2 2 2.9 sq. in. 19 sq. cm
Eye/Skin Wash 1 0 1 fl oz total 29.6 ml
Foil Blanket 1 1 52 X 84 in. 132 x 213 cm
First Aid Guide 1 1 Ea. Ea.
Hand Sanitizer 10 20 1/32 oz 0.9 g
Medical Exam Gloves 2 pair 4 pair Ea. Ea.
Roller Bandage 1 2 2 in. x 4 yd 5 cm x 3.66 m
Additional Bandage 0 1 4 in. x 4 yd 10 cm x 3.66 m
Scissors 1 1 Ea. Ea.
Splint 0 1 4.0 X 24 in. 10.2 x 61 cm
Sterile pad 2 4 3 X 3 in. 7.5 x 7.5 cm
Tourniquet 0 1 1.5 in. (width) 3.8 cm (width)
Trauma pad 2 4 5 X 9 in. 12.7 x 22.9 cm
Triangular Bandage 1 2 40 X 40 X 56 in. 101x 101 x 142 cm

 

Now that you are familiar with the Cal/OSHA first aid requirements for 2024, it is important that you ensure that your workplace is outfitted with the proper number and class of first aid kits and that those kits always remain equipped with at least the minimum first aid materials required to remain compliant.

Keep in mind that these are only the minimum requirements of a first aid kit needed to keep your workplace compliant with Cal/OSHA standards. Since the first aid needs of every work environment are different, it is very likely that the best safety plan for your office will include items (or quantities of items) that exceed the minimum requirements.

First Aid 2000 has over 25 years of experience assisting companies like yours by keeping their first aid kits stocked and Cal/OSHA compliant. Contact us today to learn more about how we might improve your workplace’s first aid program. Our first aid experts are prepared to help you assess your workplace’s first aid needs and devise a customized plan to keep you Cal/OSHA compliant through 2024 and beyond.

Further Reading:

Cal/OSHA First Aid Kit Requirements: The Importance of Keeping Up-to-Date

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