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March 24, 2022

Cal/OSHA to Consider Revising First-Aid Kit Requirements

At its April 12, 2022 meeting the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will consider revising existing first-aid kit requirements under its Construction and General Industry Safety Orders. The proposed revision will provide two options for employers to comply with first-aid kit requirements. The options to be considered are as follows:

  • Contents determined by an employer-authorized licensed physician; or
  • Supplies determined according to tables of minimum contents (included in the proposed regulation)

Additional revisions include removing and adding items to the General Industry regulations. Removals include such items as safety pins, scissors, forceps, emesis basis, portable oxygen and its breathing equipment, and tongue depressors. Additions include adding items such as medical gloves, single-use antibiotic treatment, single-use antiseptic application, and single-use CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and disposable barrier devices.

Notice of the Board’s proposed changes, hearing dates and public comment period can be found on the Cal/OSHA website.