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  • Blood: OSHA First Aid Compliance requires more than just First Aid

    Not only is blood nasty, it is dangerous.
    Of course you’ve complied with OSHA requirements and have your first aid kit at your business (and hopefully one at home and one in your car, too), but what about blood?
    Blood contains BBP - Bloodborne Pathogens are microorganisms that exist in blood and other bodily fluids, and can cause disease in humans.  Among others, they include the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B (HBV), and Hepatitis C (HCV).  Each of these diseases can be fatal, and each can be avoided by observing the concept of Universal Precautions.

    OSHA regulation 29CFR1910.1030(d)(3)(i)  states that "When there is occupational exposure, the employer shall provide, at no cost to the employee, appropriate personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields or masks and eye protection, and mouthpieces, resuscitation bags, pocket masks, or other ventilation devices" So… basically – If any blood spills in your workplace, you are required to be prepared/have supplies on hand to appropriately deal with it. Don’t fret. Compliance is easy and inexpensive. See our BBP Spill Kits from as little as $8.53 each or all Bloodborne Pathogen Supplies.

    Also remember that OSHA 29CFR1910.1030 requires Bloodborne pathogen training for many specific lines of work, but also for any employee whose job designation requires them to render first aid, even as a collateral duty. In short, if you have a first aid kit or first aid cabinet that any employee may use (and even more so if you have held CPR or First Aid Training at your workplace) you need to offer employees BBP training as well to keep them safe and to stay in strict compliance with OSHA regs.


    ANSI Compliant First Aid Kits

    We have both bulk and unitized versions of these ANSI Compliant kits, each fully stocked and labeled with the pertinent information. The compartmented first aid kits offer first aid contents that are organized for fast access and labeled with clear directions by injury type and contain concise directions for use. For unitized, they have at least the minimum ANSI required items and are color-coded per the ANSI Color Coded Unitized standard. ANSI bulk first aid kits offer full first aid compliance in the most economical manner.

    Bloodborne Pathogen Kits

    Whether by air or bodily fluids, we have the industrial protection kits for you to make sure you are protected against many types of bloodborne pathogens and accidental exposure. All of our bloodborne pathogen kits include some type of gloves, clothes coveralls, masks and other types of pathogen killing materials such as wipes, and fluid control solidifiers to help control the flow of hazardous bodily fluid. Some of our BBP kits also come with protective Microshields for CPR purposes.

  • Are your kits ANSI/OSHA certified?

    osha-ansi-compliance-update-copyright-first-aid-product-com-200PXThere is no such thing - neither ANSI, nor OSHA will "certify" a product like this... that would be tantamount to endorsing a commercial product, HOWEVER, many of our first aid kits meet or exceed ANSI and OSHA requirements. We have a whole page dedicated to Understanding the ANSI 2015 first aid standard requirements. Please see the OSHA first aid kits or ANSI first aid kits sections on the website for all of our first aid kits that meet ANSI and OSHA requirements.



    American National Standard

    Minimum requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies Z308.1-2015

    Image displaying a 25 Person ANSI Class A First Aid Kit with Plastic CaseThe minimum requirements for workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies guidelines were approved to go into effect on June 17th, 2015 by the American National Standards Institute, Inc (ANSI). They decided to establish two classes of specific first aid kits,  Class A and Class B. These kits have been classified into four types- depending on the work setting and ensuring that each kit contained both a variety and an adequate supply of the essential items needed to deal with the most common types of injuries and/or illnesses that could occur at a workplace.

    • Class A kits are considered more basic for most general settings.
    • Class B kits have a larger variety of items and extra supply for workplace settings that are considered higher-risk or industry specific.

    Both kits have room for additional customizing. 2009 standards have been preserved for both class types, including the requirement of having scissors in both kits. A splint and a tourniquet are both required to be included in a class B kit. A splint by definition is a device used to immobilize body parts. A tourniquet by definition is a tight, wide band placed around an arm or a leg to constrict blood in order to stop flow through an artery. Pairing your kit with first aid training with better prepare the workplace to assist in case of an emergency.

    Image displaying a 50 Person ANSI Class B Contractor First Aid Kit with Metal CaseAnother variation of the standard requirements to be included is that the first aid kit containers be practical in regard to the workplace. The kits have been classified into four types. Type I kits are considered to be geared towards the general office settings, manufacturing facility or basic indoor use where there are no real high risk areas. These kits must have the ability to be mounted. Type II kits are to be transportable for indoor settings with no real “rough-handling” or equivalent to Type I kit environments. Type III kits are to be transportable, for both indoor and outdoor uses, and with the ability to be mounted. Common environments include both general indoor use and protected outdoor use. Type IV first aid Kits are Type II heavy and are to have a water resistance seal for added protection. Industries recommended to have these types of kits included the utility, transportation, construction and the armed forces.

    General requirements include the following items: Adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic application, antiseptic, a breathing barrier, burn dressing (gel soaked), burn treatment, cold packs, eye covering, eye/skin wash, first aid guide, hand sanitizer, medical exam gloves, roller bandages, scissors, splint (class b kit specific) , sterile pads, tourniquet (class b kit specific), trauma pads, and triangular bandages. In addition, marking and labeling must be clear and permanent and the location of the kit must be easily accessible.

    By establishing two classes of first aid kits, the choice will be easier for the consumer. Each kit has a variety and plenty of supply of required items for the company workplace. The four types of kits will help the company choose what is required for them depending on the environment allowing for easy usage.

    Whether an office environment or a factory, it is required to be prepared to treat minor injuries. Even if you have a kit, it likely no longer includes content needed for the types of incidents that occur in the workplace. The International Safety Equipment Association 2015 minimum requirements for workplace first aid kits and supplies (American National Standard ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015) is effective now. The assortment and quantity of supplies included in a first aid kit were chosen based upon a review of increased workplace incidents requiring first aid treatment, similar international standards and current practices in treating injuries.

    Below we have listed the basic component & kit case requirements. We have also linked to products that will help you comply with these regulations. For full compliance information and for help complying with the new regulations please feel free to contact us at any time.

    Image displaying 2015 ANSI Class A Minimum Fill Requirements for Adhesive Bandages, Adhesive Tape, Antibiotic Treatment, Antiseptic, Breathing Barrier, Burn Dressing and more.
    Image displaying 2015 ANSI Class A Minimum Fill Requirements for Tourniquets, Sterile Pads, Roller Bandage, Medical Exam Gloves, Hand Sanitizer, Triangular Bandage and more.
  • Is your Business First Aid Kit Compliant?

    It may be TODAY, but won't be soon - new guidelines are effective June 17th!

    Learn about ANSI Z308.1-2015 First Aid Guidelines and how they affect your OSHA Compliance.

    Remember, too - as the labels state:

    Kit meets the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 standard as sold. It contains first aid products which meet performance specifications detailed in the standard at the below required minimum fill. It will continue to be compliant only when maintained with products that meet the standard at specified quantities.

    ANSI ISEA Z308 1-2015 Class A First Aid Kit Label

  • New ANSI First Aid Standard

    ANSI set new standards for Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies, which go into effect June 17th.

    Businesses are scrambling to get new ANSI 2015 First Aid Kits and ANSI 2015 Compliant First Aid Cabinets on order before the deadline to maintain  compliance and assure they don't get fines from OSHA or other regulatory agencies.

    ANSI has now designated two classes of First Aid Kits -

    Class A: Contents designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries

    Class B: Broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments

    ANSI Says that in deciding which class of kit is more appropriate for a given workplace, employers should consider the risks and task load of the work environment and the potential severity and likelihood of occurrence of an injury. Employers should also consider whether multiple first aid kits are needed, based on the number of employees, physical layout of the work environment and the remoteness of the work-site to emergency services.

    The New First aid kit and supply requirements Z308.1-2015 call for much more content in the business first aid kits - the previous optional, or supplemental first aid items are now part of the required minimum fill, and many new items have been required.

    There are 12 new types of first aid items and significantly higher counts of previously ANSI standard first aid supplies required in these new ANSI workplace first aid kits that were never before required. This adds up to 22 additional pieces in the basic ANSI Class A workplace first aid kit, and a whopping 145 extra pieces in the Class B Kits and Cabinets.

    An American National Standard implies a consensus of those substantially concerned with its scope and provisions. An American National Standard is intended as a guide to aid the manufacturer, the consumer, and general public. The existence of an American National Standard does not in any respect preclude anyone, whether he has approved the standard or not, from manufacturing, marketing, purchasing, or using products, processes, or procedures not conforming to the standard. American National Standards are subject to periodic review and users are cautioned to obtain the latest edition.

    See all New ANSI 2015 Standard Compliant First Aid Kits and Cabinets! See all New ANSI 2015 Standard Compliant First Aid Kits and Cabinets!

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