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5.3.3 First Aid Kits

Individual departments and units are not required to maintain first aid kits in work spaces within the campus buildings. As indicated in OSHA (29 CFR 1910.151) and cited in the ANSI standard (ANSI Z308.1-2003) if medical attention can be reached within a reasonable time, or distance, to rely on the professionals and make that part of an emergency plan. Cornell’s EHS department has fully trained emergency responders on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Ithaca Campus. Injured personnel are encouraged to take advantage of this service by calling 911 from a campus phone or 607-255-1111 from a cell phone.

For specific hazards, such as Phenol or Hydroflouric Acid, there are specifice items that should be readily available in the lab with persons trained for immediate application to the affected site.

Outlying facilities, follow your facility Emergency Plan.

If you choose to have a first aid kit in your work space, then there are some additional requirements to address.  The first aid content list should be viewed mainly as a starting point for an organization’s first aid kit, as many workplaces have job-specific risks that should be addressed on a case-by-case basis with the addition of products necessary to meet those unique needs.  There needs to be a responsible person in your work space that is trained - with their contact information posted on the kit. The kit should be maintained and complete at all times. An Injury/Illness Exposure Reporting should be completed when a first aid kit is used due to an injury/illness in a Cornell University laboratory.

The appropriate Training is provided live by EHS.  Course # EHS 5360 – AHA Heartsaver First Aid.

The ANSI Standard lists the following minimum fill requirements for a first aid kit: 

  • 1 - Absorbent compress, 4 x 8 in. minimum 
  • 5 yard Adhesive Tape 
  • 10 - Antiseptic applications, 0.14 fl.oz. each 
  • 1 - Triangular bandage, 40 x 40 x 56 in. minimum 
  • 16 - Adhesive Bandages, 1 x 3 inch 
  • 2 - Pair medical exam gloves 
  • 4 - Sterile pads, 3 x 3 in. minimum 
  • 6 - Burn treatment applications, 1/32 oz. each