Minimum Requirements for a Workplace First Aid Kit

Below is the Minimum Requirements for a workplace first aid kit suitable for 5 - 15 persons. This kit is also known as the Government Regulation 7 First Aid Kit.

Minimum contents of a First Aid Box

In the case of shops and offices, the quantities stated under items 1, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, and 18 may be reduced by half.


Item 1

Wound cleaner / antiseptic (100ml)

Item 2

Swabs for cleaning wounds

Item 3

Cotton wool for padding (100g)

Item 4

Sterile gauze (minimum quantity 10)

Item 5

1 pair of forceps (for splinters)

Item 6

1 pair of scissors (minimum size 100mm)

Item 7

1 set of safety pins

Item 8

4 triangular bandages

Item 9

4 roller bandages (75mm x 5m)

Item 10

4 roller bandages (100mm x 5m)

Item 11

1 roll of elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m)

Item 12

1 Non-allergenic adhesive strip (25mm x 3m)

Item 13

1 Packet of adhesive dressing strips (minimum quantity 10 assorted sizes)

Item 14

4 First aid dressings (75mm x 100mm)

Item 15

4 First aid dressings (150mm x 200mm)

Item 16

2 Straight splints

Item 17

2 Pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable latex gloves

Item 18

2 CPR mouth pieces or similar devices



Item 19

An adequate supply of absorbent material for the absorption of blood and other body fluids spilled



Item 20

Disinfectant to disinfect the area after cleaning up blood and other body fluids spilled.

Item 21

2 Pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable rubber household gloves.

Item 22

A suitable sized impervious bag for the safe disposal of blood and other body fluid contaminated biohazard materials


Regulation 7 states that the employer must ensure that only articles and equipment as mentioned above or other similar equipment or medicineis kept in the first aid box or boxes. According to the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act 101 of 1965, no person is allowed to dispense a medicine (ie: headache tablets, cough mixture, any other oral medicine) unless authorized to do so under the Pharmacy Act.