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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.

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  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Importance Info

    The week before Memorial Day (May 20–26, 2019) is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this awareness week is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by minimizing the risk of illness and injury. Just 2.5 hours of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit everyone’s health. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we swim, play, relax in, and share. Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

    Why Is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?

    Injuries caused by mishandling pool chemicals:
    Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality (for example, to kill germs). Each year, however, mishandling pool chemicals when treating public or residential/backyard pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds leads to 3,000–5,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments.
    For more info, visit CDCs Pool Chemical Info.

    Illnesses caused by the germs in pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds:
    During 2000–2014, nearly 500 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds. Most of the outbreaks were caused by germs Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”), Legionella, or Pseudomonas. Healthy swimming is not just about the steps pool operators and pool inspectors take—so let’s all do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.
    For more info, visit CDCs Healthy Swimming Info.

    Each day, two children younger than 14 years old die from drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children 1–4 years old. we want to remind you about drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury or death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be quick and silent. It's a fallacy that the act of drowning is accompanies by screams or splashing, making proactive prevention crucial. To help prevent drownings, please remember to have active adult supervision, never swim alone, make sure your pool is fenced with self-closing/latching gates, and most of all keep a Pool / Lifeguard First Aid Kit on hand.
    For more info, visit CDCs Water Injuries Info.

    Harmful algal blooms:
    Algae can grow in warm, nutrient-rich fresh- and marine water. An abundant growth of algae that harms people or animals is referred to as a harmful algal bloom (HAB). HABs in fresh- and marine water can produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms including skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, stomach pain, numbness, and dizziness. Symptoms vary depending on the type of HAB toxin and the type of exposure, such as skin contact, ingestion by eating food or drinking water contaminated with HAB toxins, or breathing in tiny droplets or mist contaminated with HAB toxins.
    For more info, visit CDCs HAB Toxin Info

    Naegleria fowleri “the brain-eating ameba”:
    Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic ameba (a singlecelled living organism) that is commonly found in warm freshwater such as in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. If water containing the ameba goes up the nose forcefully, the ameba can invade and cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
    For more info, visit CDCs Naegleria Info


    Love This!

    Hearts are our business, and to show you that you are dear to ours, we’re offering you 14% off site-wide* through Valentine’s Day!
    You will love these deals at first sight – caring gifts, first aid and CPR needs, even the items you desire to keep your cherished ones safe in a disaster!
    All at an extra 14% off our already discounted prices – even 14% additional off clearance and sale items!
    Just enter code “LOVE” in your shopping cart (not at checkout) for the extra discount!

    Three of Our Most Beloved Items

    Make sure your loved ones are safe at home, work, school, in the car… anywhere! Our best-selling first aid kit is just $19.99 before the additional 14% discount code!

    These may not be the key to their hearts, but our CPR keychain backpacks with mask & gloves will protect everyone you love for $3.49 or less before the additional 14% discount code!

    For you singles… here’s a pair! Get our award winning CPR DVD free with purchase of our amazing First Aid DVD. Just $99 for BOTH before the additional 14% discount code!

    Or see ALL our treasured offers

    CPR Products

    Always be prepared to save a life! Let us help you learn CPR and prepare you with the most up to date products and devices from our CPR line: CPR Training Manikins, CPR & First Aid Training Products, CPR Home Learning Products, CPR Faceshields, CPR Keychains, CPR Masks & Barriers, CPR Kits, Oxygen Units, Stretchers.

    First Aid Stations & Cabinets

    Per OSHA Regulations, all businesses and places of work need to have a first aid kit that is reasonably accessible to the entire workforce. We provide OSHA and ANSI Complaint First Aid Station, Cabinets and Accessories with pocket liners for up to and over 200 people. Shop our First Aid Station Accessories, First Aid Stations, and OSHA Smart Compliance Program.

    Miscellaneous Supplies

    We've got the first aid tools and equipment you need for the contents of your first aid kit! Scissors, Tweezers, and a whole lot of items including First Aid Instruments, Splints, and Tongue Depressors.

    Safety Books, CDs, Videos

    It is a must for all employers to strictly follow safety regulations set forth by OSHA and State safety laws. Part of maintaining a complaint safety environment is have an active safety program  Our American CPR Training™ Safety Videos, as well as our Student Training Materials, and live Safety Training can help you keep compliant and up to date. Shop our Safety Books, CD's and Videos.

    Health/Medical Education

    The only way to learn is practice and the only way to practicing nursing and medical skills is to have the best equipment, manikins and simulators available. Here you will find medical education products which will assist in learning/teaching Anatomy, Blood Pressure, Breast Self-Exam, Emergency Life Support, Heart and Lung Sounds, Injections, Nursing Skills, Nursing Skills Manikins, OB / GYN, Testicular Self-Exam, Trauma, Casualty & Moulage, Venipuncture.

    AED Products

    With AmericanCPR.com you know we are going to carry top of the line Automated External Defibrillators (AED) brands such as Zoll, Defibtech, Physio-Control, Heartsine, and Philips.

    Offer expires at Midnight 2/14/18. Available Online at AmericanCPR.com or Toll Free - Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. Offer is on products only, not training services. Offer excludes Oxygen, Laerdal, and Simulaids products. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice, call with questions or for further details.

  • Recognize Frostbite

    We share a bit about Frostbite last year and want to remind all that it is a danger this time of year.

    Don’t let Jack Frost nip at your nose. Protect yourself from frostbite with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


    Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

    At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

    • White or grayish-yellow skin area.
    • Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.
    • Numbness.

    As soon as you detect the symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. If immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

    • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
    • Don’t rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes as this increases the damage.
    • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
    • Don’t use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

    Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. For more information on frostbite, visit the CDC’s Frostbite page.

    Also read:

    Cold Stress & Related Illness and How can cold stress be prevented?

  • 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.

  • Puppies

    PuppyHere's an interesting twist... a novel way that Humane Societies around the world can get homeless pets some love and attention (and hopefully bonding and adoption!)

    Want to try out owning a puppy for a few hours all while enjoying a vacation on a tropical island? According to Huffington Post, a dog rescue charity in Turks and Caicos, Potcake Place, says that the program has been quite successful at getting the playful pooches adopted by tourists and locals alike. In addition to the adoption rate success, the playtime also serves as socialization training for the pups. If you're jumping on a plane now to head down there,

    PetFirstAidKitsjust keep in mind to get there early as this program is extremely popular. The lines start as early as 8:30am for the 10am opening.

    You always want to protect and make sure your family is safe. This also includes the furry, four-legged family members. We have everything you need to make sure you can help your sick or injured pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) with our pet emergency first aid and supply products. Our kits are designed for handling minor first aid emergencies and stabilize them until you can reach a vet for treatment. With brands such as Me-Ow, Bow-Ow, Sporting Dog, Mayday and more, you know you are set to help your furry family friends!

    DID YOU KNOW? Besides having a pet first aid and emergency kit to help out our furry friends in a time of an emergency, did you know you could sign up and take a Pet First Aid and CPR class? One out of four pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Having an emergency pet first aid kit and knowing how to properly use it can be two different things. Ask your vet where the closest Pet First Aid classes are and sign up!



    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.
  • EMS1 e-magazine calls teaching for American CPR Training™ the perfect job

    EMS1 Magazine online called being an Instructor with American CPR Training™ one of 7 perfect side jobs for an EMT.

    While a bit of a misquote (we do not offer ACLS or PALS, but we DO offer CPR, Advanced/Healthcare CPR, First Aid, AED, BBP, Forklift and over 100 other OSHA Safety Training Topics) - nevertheless, this authoritative resource for EMTs and Firefighters said that teaching lifesaving through American CPR Training™ is a brilliant way to cushion a modest EMT paycheck.

    Learn more!


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  • First Aid Kits

    • Always have a First aid kit at home, work and in every vehicle.
      First Aid Kits should have a permanent spot in your house, your car, at your work or anywhere you could be. Just having one packed and ready could help you stymie everything from a small cut, scrape or bruise to stopping a wound that is profusely bleeding just enough so you or someone else can get proper medical attention from an EMT or a doctor at a hospital. We offer every type of First Aid Kit under the rainbow. Everything from hard case, soft case, ANSI and OSHA kits to Business First Aid, American Red Cross Kits, Auto and Road Emergency kits, Outdoor Kits and even Pet Emergency kits that are packed and ready for use. Never be without a First Aid Kit! First Aid Kits should have a permanent spot in your house, your car, at your work or anywhere you could be. Just having one packed and ready could help you stymie everything from a small cut, scrape or bruise to stopping a wound that is profusely bleeding just enough so you or someone else can get proper medical attention from an EMT or a doctor at a hospital. We offer every type of First Aid Kit under the rainbow. Everything from hard case, soft case, ANSI and OSHA kits to Business First Aid, American Red Cross Kits, Auto and Road Emergency kits, Outdoor Kits and even Pet Emergency kits that are packed and ready for use. Never be without a First Aid Kit!
    • Keep it fully stocked and stored in a dry place.
    • Remember to replace used and outdated contents regularly. (expired products are of not practical use when you need them.)

    The biggest mistakes most consumers make when selecting first aid kits is being impressed with quantity of content versus quality and type of content.

    A First Aid Kit should contain, at minimum, a cold pack, scissors, adhesive tape, disposable gloves, pressure bandages, a First Aid manual, antiseptic wipes, triangular bandages, roller bandages, sterile gauze pads, splinting materials, safety pins, adhesive bandages and tweezers. Remember, a properly stocked first aid kit should include a breathing barrier in case resuscitation is needed.

    DID YOU KNOW? The "First Aid Kit" came about as a conversation between a Johnson & Johnson founder and a railway surgeon. Essentially the surgeon explained they had a tough job and they were hampered by the lack of sterile medical supplies and the fact that they often had to work outdoors, miles from any kind of medical facilities. The idea was then made to package it's sterile surgical gauze, dressings and other products together in boxes that could be kept on trains and at the sites where the workers were working. The railway surgeons would then have the supplies they needed to treat and stabilize the injured so that they could be transported to more comprehensive medical help. In 1890, Johnson & Johnson put out a kit called the Railway Station and Factory Supply Case, which was (as the name suggested) designed to be placed with railroad station agents and used in factories.

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