The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) released an update to the standard Z1220 First Aid Kits for the Workplace in 2017.

This Standard established the minimum requirements for workplace first aid kits. Occupational health and safety (OHS) regulators, employers, and first aid kit manufacturers and distributors can use this rule to maintain or provide compliant first aid kits.

Who this change affects

safecross first aid kit product imageMost provinces have a one year grace period to allow employers and suppliers time to use current supplies and either buy new kits or stock supplies to meet the Standard requirements.

You can buy first aid kit supplies through our online store. We list the items required in each type of first aid kit below.

We also carry first aid kits that meet the requirements of CSA Z1220.

The Standard does not include requirements for:

  • first aid rooms or first aid stations
  • workplaces subject to federal, provincial or territorial legislation or organizational policies.
  • environments with specific legislation could apply for specialized first aid supplies and equipment. For example, marine, mining, forestry, transportation, pools or school buses, and
  • particular environments where the authority having jurisdiction has specific legislation and requirements for workplace first aid supplies and equipment. For example, marine, mining, forestry, transportation, pools, and school buses..

Choosing a workplace first aid kit

The Standard outlines the minimum classification, size and number of first aid kits in the workplace. The number of workers per shift determines the type of first aid kit the workplace requires.

Your workplace can use first aid kits of different sizes in various combinations to ensure kits are readily accessible to all workers and for the unique configurations of the workplace.

Workplace first aid kit classification1 employee or work in isolation2 - 25 workers per shift26-50 workers per shift51-100 workers per shift
Type 1: Personal1N/AN/AN/A
Type 2: BasicN/AOne smallTwo small, or
One medium
Four small
Two medium
Two small and one medium, or
One large
Type 3: IntermediateN/AOne smallTwo small, or
One medium
Four small
Two medium
Two small and one medium, or
One large

Ongoing maintenance of workplace first aid kits

It’s not just about having the correct first aid kits in place, workplaces must also ensure the kits are regularly inspected. This ensures the kits have the proper quantities of products at all times.

Your workplace must ensure ongoing maintenance of the first aid kits and that someone replenishes items after use or once the item has reached the manufacturer’s recommended expiration date.

CSA Z1220 states the minimum inspection period shouldn’t be more than 90 days or immediately following any first aid incident where the kit is used.

We’ve listed the minimum quantities a first aid kit must have based on the requirements in CSA Z1220.

Minimum requirements for Type 1: Personal first aid kit

Minimum quantities requiredItem description
16Sterile adhesive bandages of assorted sizes (standard strip, large fingertip, knuckle, large patch)
6Sterile gauze pads, individually wrapped, 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm
1 rollConforming stretch bandage, individually wrapped with relaxed length, 5.1 cm x 1.8 m
2Sterile compress/pressure dressing with ties, 10.2 cm x 10.2 cm
1Cotton triangular bandage with 2 safety pins, 101.6 cm x 101.6 cm
1 rollAdhesive tape, 2.5 cm x 2.3 m
6Antiseptic wound cleansing towelette, individually wrapped
2Single use topical antibiotic ointment
4Hand/skin cleansing towelette, individually wrapped
2 pairsMedical-grade disposable examination gloves, non-latex, powder free
1Biohazard waste disposal bag
1Stainless steel fine point splinter forceps/tweezers, minimum 11.4 cm
1Contents list

Minimum requirements for Type 2: Basic first aid kit

Small
(2 to 25 workers per shift)
Medium
(26 to 50 workers per shift)
Large
(51 to 100 workers per shift)
Item description
2550100Sterile adhesive bandages of assorted sizes (standard strip, large fingertip, knuckle, large patch)
122448Sterile gauze pads, individually wrapped, 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm
122Sterile abdominal pad, individually wrapped, 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm
1 roll2 rolls4 rollsConforming stretch bandage, individually wrapped with relaxed length, 5.1 cm x 1.8 m
1 roll2 rolls4 rollsConforming stretch bandage, individually wrapped with relaxed length, 7.6 cm x 1.8 m
248Sterile compress/pressure dressing with ties, 10.2 cm x 10.2 cm
248Cotton triangular bandage with 2 safety pins, 101.6 cm x 101.6 cm x 142.2 cm
2.3 m total length4.6 m total length9.1 m total lengthAdhesive tape, 2.5 cm
2550100Antiseptic wound cleansing towelette, individually wrapped
61224Topical antibiotic ointment, single use
61224Hand/skin cleansing towelette, individually wrapped
111CPR resuscitation barrier device with one-way valve
4 pairs8 pairs16 pairsMedical-grade disposable examination gloves, non-latex, powder free
122Biohazard waste disposal bag
111Stainless steel bandage scissors with angled, blunt tip, minimum 14 cm
111Fine point stainless steel splinter forceps/tweezers, minimum 11.4 cm
111Aluminized emergency blanket, minimum 132 cm x 213 cm
111Contents list

Minimum requirements for Type 3: Intermediate first aid kit

Small
(2 to 25 workers per shift)
Medium
(26 to 50 workers per shift)
Large
(51 to 100 workers per shift)
Item description
2550100Sterile adhesive bandages of assorted sizes (standard strip, large fingertip, knuckle, large patch)
122448Sterile gauze pads, individually wrapped, 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm
61224Sterile gauze pads, individually wrapped, 10.2 cm x 10.2 cm
4816Sterile non-adherent dressing, individually wrapped, 5.1 cm x 7.6 cm
124Sterile abdominal pad, individually wrapped, 12.7 cm x 22.9 cm
1 roll2 rolls4 rollsConforming stretch bandage, individually wrapped with relaxed length, 5.1 cm x 1.8 m
1 roll2 rolls4 rollsConforming stretch bandage, individually wrapped with relaxed length, 7.6 cm x 1.8 m
124Sterile compress/pressure dressing with ties, 10.2 cm x 10.2 cm
124Sterile compress/pressure dressing with ties, 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm
248Cotton triangular bandage with 2 safety pins, 101.6 cm x 101.6 cm x 142.2 cm
111Arterial tourniquet
2.3 m total length4.6 m total length9.1 m total lengthAdhesive tape, 2.5 cm
122Elastic support/compression bandage, 7.6 cm
2 sets2 sets4 setsSterile eye dressing pad and eye shield with elastic strap
124Instant cold pack
2550100Antiseptic wound cleansing towelette, individually wrapped
61224Topical antibiotic ointment, single use
61224Hand/skin cleansing towelette, individually wrapped
1 package2 packages2 packages4g glucose tablets (10 per package)
111CPR resuscitation barrier device with one-way valve
4 pairs8 pairs16 pairsMedical-grade disposable examination gloves, non-latex, powder free
248Biohazard waste disposal bag
111Stainless steel bandage scissors with angled, blunt tip, minimum 14 cm
111Fine point stainless steel splinter forceps/tweezers, minimum 11.4 cm
112Malleable padded splint, minimum 10.2 cm x 61 cm
122Aluminized emergency blanket, minimum 132 cm x 213 cm
111Contents list

Have more questions?

Our team of safety experts can help you keep your business compliant. Fill out the form below with any questions you have and a member of our team will contact you!

Jonathan McCallum

Market Segment Manager: Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Monitoring

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