Updating Your Office Health Kit before Employees Return to Work

Office Health Kits

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, having a well-stocked first aid kit in the workplace was an important step to take to promote a safe and healthy work environment. If you did not have an office health kit before the pandemic, now is the perfect time to build one. As outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), these are standard items that should be included:

  • A range of different sized gauze pads and a gauze roller bandage
  • Box of band-aids and at least two triangular bandages
  • Wound cleaning agents and elastic wraps
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • At least one blanket
  • Adhesive tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Resuscitation equipment such as resuscitation bag, airway, or pocket mask
  • Splint
  • Directions for requesting emergency assistance

COVID-19 Office Health Kits

The above listed items are standard to cover routine workplace incidents. As employers begin planning their return-to-work plan, now is a good time to make sure you have all the basics, check for expiration dates, and add supplies that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These supplies include but aren’t limited to:

  • Extra antibacterial soap
  • Extra hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Extra CDC approved face masks
  • No contact temperature device
  • Sanitation supplies

Other Workplace Considerations

In addition to having hand sanitizer around the office, here are other considerations to make the workplace safe for returning employees:

  • Single use hand drying solutions (paper towels)
  • Plexiglass dividers
  • No touch trash cans
  • Individual tissue boxes for each desk
  • Individual set of dry erase markers, pens, highlighters, and sharpies for each employee

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