First Aid Kit Contents

Logging and forestry work can be dangerous! Help your crew members stay safe with frequent safety meetings. This First Aid Kit Contents factsheet, along with the others in this collection, were designed to be used as 5 minute tailgate trainings.

Incident Summary:

Will had been working with A&W Logging for six weeks as a skid steer operator.  Will started to climb into his skid steer after lunch and slipped on a broken step.  The sharp edge of the broken step caused a three inch cut across Will’s shin.  He yelled to the guys who were finishing up their lunch.  The crew leader grabbed the first aid kit, put on gloves and applied pressure to the cut with a clean gauze pad until the bleeding stopped.  He added another clean gauze pad over the blood‐soaked one and taped it in place.  Will was taken to the hospital and got four stiches.    

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever used items from a first aid kit at a logging site?
  2. Do you know where your first aid kit is located?  
  3. Is your first aid kit fully stocked?

Take Home Message:

Carry a stocked first aid kit to every site.  Restock items as used and check expiration dates annually.


  • 2 Gauze pads (at least 4 x 4 inches)
  • 2 large gauze pads (at least 8 x 10 inches)
  • Box adhesive bandages (band‐aids).
  • One package gauze roller bandage at least
  • 2 inches wide
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Wound cleaning agent such as sealed moistened towelettes
  • Scissors
  • At least one blanket
  • Tweezers
  • Adhesive tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Resuscitation equipment such as resuscitation bag, airway, or pocket mask
  • Two elastic wraps
  • Splint
  • Directions for requesting emergency assistance


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