Suggested contents of a first aid box

What should you keep in your first aid box? First aid at work online course

There’s no easy answer to this question. The contents of a first aid box will depend on the environment the box is going to be used in. For example, a first aid box at home may contain different items to a first aid box required in a workplace. 

Here’s our suggested contents of a first aid box. Remember you will need to carry out a risk assessment and may need to alter the contents of your first aid box.

When choosing a first aid box ensure you choose one which can be mounted easily on a wall / hard surface and one which has a durable hard cover to protect the medical equipment inside. 

First aid box suggested contents

Item Quantity
First Aid Guidance Leaflet (up to date) 1
Pairs of Gloves (Nitrile) 10
Antiseptic Wipes 30
‘Tuff Kut’ scissors / shears 1
Microporous hypoallergenic tape 1
CPR Face shield 1
Foil blanket 2
Triangular bandages (sterile) 3
Conforming bandage 2
Eye pad 3
Large wound dressings (sterile) 2
Medium wound dressings (sterile) 6
Assorted plasters 40

Looking after your first aid box

Your first aid box should be checked on a regular basis to ensure the contents are stocked, not damaged and in-date. All sterile items now come with an expiry date.

If the box is going to be used in the workplace then a member of staff should take responsibility for checking the first aid box on a regular basis.

Ensure the first aid box is located in an accessible place (not locked away!) with adequate signage. 

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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