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125 - 12th Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94607 · 510-272-6920

Risk Management Unit, a part of the CAO
Employee Safety

First Aid / C.P.R. / A.E.D.

Workplace injuries and illnesses occur periodically among the 9,000 plus County workforce. Some of the injuries and illnesses are minor and could be treated with simple first aid. Others could be treated with simple first aid until the employee receives care from a licensed healthcare professional. In order for employees to administer first aid, they must be properly trained. Although the need for CPR or AED is rare in the County, the training will include sections on CPR and AED.

First Aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury until definitive medical treatment can be accessed, if needed. It consists of a series of simple potentially life saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure performed on people suffering from heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. It is the external technique of keeping the heart pumping and the oxygen flowing until emergency care arrives.

Automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a simple-to-use, portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening heart rhythms and applies electrical therapy that stops the irregular rhythms and allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

Resources for Employees:

  • A list of approved items for a first aid kit is on the next page.
  • Training classes are available upon request. Please contact Laura Kitsch, Risk Analyst / Safety Manager at 510-272-6698 or tie-line 2-6698.

Online Resources:

The Following are Approved Items to be Stored in First Aid Kits

(Reference: Title 8, Section 3400 c, CCR)

  • Bandages
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Gauze Pads
  • Cotton Tip Applicators
  • Cotton
  • Cold Packs
  • Tweezers
  • CPR Shields
  • Gloves
  • Other personal protective equipment as needed
  • Burn Spray - Active ingredients: Benzocaine (4.5%), Menthol (.15%), Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide (.05%)
  • Bacitracin Ointment
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Blood Stopper Dressing
  • Eye Lotion - An isotonic buffered solution containing sodium chloride, sodium phosphate monobasic, sodium phosphate dibasic, and edetate disodium, preserved with benzalkonium chloride in purified water
  • Antiseptic Povidone - Iodine Swabs - 10% Providone Iodine
  • 1.04 Technu, poison oak/ivy treatment