If you work in an office, you should have an office first aid kit ready to help you deal with an emergency. All workers should have their own small kit. While many businesses supply such kits, you should consider the value of having your own. This helps ensure that you have basic first aid items available when you need them. You won't have to remember where the central office first aid kit is located. This can be very important in the event of an emergency. As you know, during times of crisis, time is very valuable to the preservation of life. Having your own office first aid kit will give you precious seconds or minutes of care.

Office first aid kits should contain a number of items that will help deal with the low risk kinds of emergencies experienced in an office environment. Bandages, gauze, cloth tape and saline solution are very useful. Many people suffer cuts in the office. Alcohol wipes can be useful when tending these wounds. Tensor wrap can be useful to help deal with sprains so a couple of rolls should be in your office first aid kit. As this is your own personal kit, you can stock certain medications that you may require from time to time. These include aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or other headache medication. A bottle of sunscreen could be handy, but be sure to replace it when it is empty. If you suffer from indigestion, you may include your favorite stomach aiding medicine in your office first aid kit. Other over the counter medications that you might use can be included. The entire kit should be kept in a tight fitting container which is placed in an accessible location, near your desk. The office first aid kits are not intended to be adequate for emergency survival purposes so the size of the container doesn't need to be too large.

Many businesses have central first aid stations that are equipped with supplies. Often the business will allow individuals to distribute supplies from the central office first aid kit to personal kits. Check with management and see if this option is available to you. While the supplies are not particularly expensive, every dollar saved is better for you. Businesses often buy office first aid kit supplies in large volumes so their cost per item is apt to be lower than what supply retail costs would be. Even if a business was to distribute supplies from their central office first aid kits to employees at cost, this amount would be less than what you would expect to pay for the supplies.

The west coast of North America is prone to earthquakes which can devastate entire buildings. Workers spend a third of their time in the office so they should consider adding some basic survival items to their office first aid kits. These items will not replace a complete emergency survival kit but they may increase each worker's chance of surviving a disaster caused by an earthquake. The west coast office employee should add water, food and a whistle to their office first aid kits. Two bottles of water would be adequate for a worker to survive a brief period while trapped under debris. Food, while not strictly necessary, would make a trapped employee a little more comfortable while waiting for rescue. Add a couple of energy bars to your own office first aid kit. A whistle can be very helpful if you become trapped in the building. With it, you have a much better chance of signaling to rescue workers that you have survived the initial part of the disaster. Of all of the items that a west coast worker adds to their office first aid kit, however, it is water that most significantly increases the worker's chance of survival. Water and air are most essential to life. All people can survive very long periods without food, although not comfortably, of course. Depending on your means, you may want to consider adding a breathing mask or personal air supply to your office first aid kit. These devices filter smoke from the air or provide a quantity of air that can be breathed while you exit a smoke filled building. Again, the office first aid kit is not intended to be a complete emergency survival kit, but it can duplicate certain of the items for the personal benefit of the worker.

While workers spend about a third of their time in the office during business days, they also may spend a significant amount of time traveling to and from the office. To better protect yourself, you should also consider a travel first aid kit that remains in your car or in your travel case that you bring with you while traveling on public transit. The contents of this kit will be a subset of the office first aid kit contents. Bandages, gauze, alcohol wipes, adhesive tape and scissors will be most useful in your travel kit. Large quantities of items such as saline solution would not be advisable due to the weight, except if your travel kit remains in your car. If you travel to work by public transit, walking or bike riding, you will want to keep the weight of your travel kit down.

It is obvious that a office first aid kit can help the office worker deal with the initial effects of an injury. Using the recommended contents as a shopping list, a kit can be assembled quite quickly, and at reasonable cost, during a single visit to a good drug store. There are commercially available office first aid kits that you may want to consider. These contain all of the items you need in your kit and they come in good packaging. For those practical minded people, the commercial office first aid kits make good gifts to family members that work in offices. These commercial kits are available for online purchase as well. This can give you the opportunity to bulk purchase office first aid kits for many members of your family or friends at once. In addition to gifts, you may want to consider asking your associates if they are interested in getting their own office first aid kit. If so, get as many people together and arrange a bulk purchase. This can give the whole group a chance to buy office first aid kits at a reduced cost. In the event of an emergency, you will all be glad that you have your own kit.