There 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.
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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.
If neither you nor anyone you know has ever been seriously injured in the workplace, chances are you’ve got OSHA to thank. Created in 1970 by Congress, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversees every workplace in America to ensure safety and health for every working man and woman. OSHA regulates everything from limits on toxic substance exposure and use of protective equipment to employee training and access to information.
OSHA standards differ from industry to industry, but one nearly universal regulation is that employees must have ready access to an appropriately stocked first aid kit or first aid cabinet. Some workplaces might require as little as bandages, gauze, and disinfectant wipes. More hazardous workplaces, however, might warrant a first aid kit with splints, resuscitation equipment, chemical eye wash, and more. Companies with 11 or more employees must also keep, maintain, and post easily accessible records of all workplace injuries for use by workers and OSHA staff during inspection.
The benefits of OSHA compliance for workers should be obvious – safety, security, health, and peace of mind. But if you’re an employer, failing to comply with even simple OSHA standards can result in disruptive follow-up inspections, administrative citations, and even costly fines.
Not sure if you have a first aid kit that’s up to snuff? Here’s a sample supply list from OSHA:
- 4” x 4” gauze pads
- 8” x 10” gauze pads
- Adhesive bandages
- 2-inch gauze roller bandages
- Triangular bandages
- A blanket
- Adhesive tape
- Exam gloves
- Resuscitation equipment (pocket mask, etc.)
- Two elastic wraps
- Directions for requesting emergency assistance
Seem like a lot? Well, these are just the basics. Depending on the nature of the industry, OSHA inspectors might also require specialty personal protective equipment or clean-up kits for chemical and acid spills, body fluid clean-up, animal bites, and more.
Even if you’re not an employer, you should take the safety of your home and family every bit as seriously as OSHA does in the workplace – accidents can happen off the clock too.
There are hundreds of OSHA Safety Topics, and each type of work has its particular needs and requirements, but it boils down to need a formal, written and active safety program.
Every company that employs any workers must have an Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), but furthermore, this program must be active - meaning you can't just print it out and hand it to your new hire and be "done".
What does it take to be truly OSHA compliant?
OSHA compliance means actively training workers in safe practices. Many small companies and office environments will simply provide a safety manual and a quiz, while more proactive companies concerned about the health and morale of their staff will offer CPR, First Aid and other relevant safety training in the workplace. Others, too, where they have competent personnel on staff will offer in house course using OSHA compliant Safety training materials to get the job done.
Whatever your workplace risks and regulations, know that no training is considered OSHA compliant unless the employees are evaluated on their comprehension of the materials. Furthermore, employers must have a competent person available during the training and evaluation that is sufficiently familiar with the topic of training to answer questions and provide further guidance.
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An Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is a formal, written copy of a company's risks, safety policies and procedures, and a plan to keep workers safe and healthy.
According to OSHA:
Injury and Illness Prevention Programs are universal interventions that can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the associated financial burdens on U.S. workplaces. Many states have requirements or voluntary guidelines for workplace injury and illness prevention programs. Also, numerous employers in the United States already manage safety using Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and we believe that all employers can and should do the same. Most successful injury and illness prevention programs are based on a common set of key elements. These include: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.
Decades ago, we would prepare these documents for corporations and smaller businesses, including Motorola, Rockwell, General Instrument, Cannon, and others. Today, a business of any size can (and should) download easy resources direct from OSHA to customize and implement for the success of their business and healthy productivity if workers. Remember that an effective IIPP is not just a paper program. For your IIPP to be effective you must fully put it into practice in your workplace.
- New Video: We Can Do This! Hear from employers and workers about the benefits of Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
- Injury and Illness Prevention Programs Fact Sheet (OSHA FS-3665 - 2013) (English: PDF)
- Injury and Illness Prevention Programs Assistance Presentation [PPTX*]
- "Injury and Illness Prevention Programs White Paper" January 2012 [PDF]
- Frequently Asked Questions
In addition, Thirty-four states have some type of program initiatives for worker safety and health protection. These programs have a variety of names, including: Accident Prevention Programs, Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, and Comprehensive Safety and Health Programs. The States' programs also come in a variety of forms. They may be voluntary or mandatory, comprehensive or partial, applicable to all employers or only to a subset, and may be provided by the State occupational safety and health agency or through the State's workers' compensation system. Links to each State's requirements are provided below:
+ OSHA-approved State Plan
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Thousands of accidents occur throughout this country everyday. The failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings to behave or react as expected causes most of them. Accident investigations determine how and why these failures occur. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar, or perhaps more disastrous, accident may be prevented. It is important to conduct accident investigations with PREVENTION in mind, not just to take down facts and turn them into your administration.
An unfortunate by-product of running a business, especially with any type of heavy machinery is that there is bound to be an accident. It is at this point that learning why the accident occured so there is not a repeat is paramount. That is why it is vital to conduct a thorough Accident Investigation. We have OSHA Safety Training Products to do just this. Our training products on "Accident Investigation" show employees steps that are taken in an accident investigation, and highlight how important it is for employees to fully cooperate with any inquiry. They also point out that while an investigation's focus is to determine the cause of an accident, the overall goal is to prevent similar accidents from happening again. Topics covered include accident investigation, learning about the root cause, the importance of investigative interviews and much more. With booklets, posters and games, learning doesn't have to be a snooze!
"Accidents will happen". We have all heard that statement before. Unfortunately, sometimes it is true. In spite of our best efforts, things occasionally do go wrong. While many accidents seem to happen for obvious reasons, there may be things that contribute to an accident which are not always apparent. That is why it is vital to conduct a thorough Accident Investigation.
Our training products on "Accident Investigation" show employees steps that are taken in an accident investigation, and highlight how important it is for employees to fully cooperate with any inquiry. They also point out that while an investigation's focus is to determine the cause of an accident, the overall goal is to prevent similar accidents from happening again. The topics covered in the products include:
- The goals of an accident investigation.
- Securing an accident scene.
- "Root-cause" analysis.
- The importance of investigative interviews.
- Assisting in an accident investigation.
- Reporting the "near misses".
- The role of policies, equipment and training on accident prevention.
- and more.
Many people believe that "accidents happen". They believe that the occurrence of an accident is inevitable and cannot be avoided. Some say "it was just bad luck" or "they were in the wrong place at the wrong time". All of these excuses fail to identify the true causes of accidents. One researcher found that for every serious or disabling injury, there are:
- 10 minor injuries
- 30 property damage incidents
- 600 near-miss accidents
What is an Accident?
An "accident" is an unplanned, undesired event which may or may not result in injury or property damage, that interferes with the completion of an assigned task.
A "near miss" is a form of an accident that does not result in injury or property damage.
While much effort and time is expended on accident investigation, this information tells us that we should be focusing on accident prevention. The majority of accidents are near-miss and may never be reported. The causes of accidents can be broken down into two basic components, unsafe conditions and unsafe acts.
Unsafe conditions are hazardous conditions or circumstances that could lead directly to an accident.
An unsafe act occurs when a worker ignores or is not aware of a standard operating procedure or safe work practice designed to protect the worker and prevent accidents.
A worker needs a electrical switch rewired. A work request is submitted and the work scheduled for the following week. The employee decides, I need this sooner and tries to rewire the switch. The employee receives an electrical shock after failing to lock out the energy source.
This above example illustrates how an employee may cut corners and commit an unsafe act.
SUMMARY OF UNSAFE ACTS AND CONDITIONS
Unsafe Acts Unsafe Conditions Operating equipment or machinery without permission Lack of guarding on machinery Defeating safety devices Defective tools or equipment Using defective equipment Crowding workers into one area Using the wrong tool for the job Inadequate alarm systems Not using personal protective equipment Fires & explosions Incorrect lifting techniques Poor housekeeping Working while intoxicated Hazardous atmospheres Horseplay Excessive noise Inadequate lighting
All the examples of unsafe acts and conditions given in Table 1 are the result of personal or job factors. Personal and job factors are the root causes of accidents.
Table 2 shows the personal and job factors which can lead to a unsafe act or condition.
PERSONAL AND JOB FACTORS
Personal Factors Job Factors Lack of knowledge or skills due to inadequate training Non-existent or poorly developed work standards Improper motivation Substandard equipment design Physical limitations of the worker Poor equipment maintenance Distractions which interfere with the worker’s ability to concentrate on their job Purchase of substandard equipment, tools, and materials Unusual increases in equipment usage
The personal factors described in Table 2 generally lead to unsafe acts and the job factors are likely to contribute to the unsafe conditions. If you can identify the personal and job factors which may contribute to an accident in your work area, you have taken the first step toward the prevention of accidents.
Accident prevention involves the identification and elimination of causes before an accident occurs. Accident reaction is what most supervisors practice, that is, investigating the accident to determine the causes and then implementing corrective actions to avoid reoccurrence. This helps eliminate future accidents from a specific cause, but does nothing to address avoiding the accident that just occurred.
One method of accident prevention that can be used by the supervisor is the Job Safety Analysis (JSA). A JSA takes a specific job (for example, removing a wheel from a vehicle) and identifies the following:
- Sequence of basic job steps.
- Potential hazards at each step.
- Recommended action or procedure to correct the potential hazards.
JSA’s are most thorough when conducted by the supervisor and a worker skilled at the job. This also provides the worker with a sense of involvement and control over how their assignments are completed. Prioritize the selection of jobs for JSA. Jobs which have the most accidents, including injuries, property damage, and near misses, should receive the highest priority. Jobs with the potential for severe injury or property damage should be targeted next. Finally, be sure to conduct JSA’s on newly created jobs.
Planned Job Observations (PJO) provide the supervisor with an opportunity to validate the JSA. A PJO is a procedure used by supervisors to determine if a worker is completing a job with maximum efficiency and quality. While many supervisors informally observe work on a daily basis, interruptions, distractions, and a lack of planning prevent the supervisor from gathering the information necessary to properly evaluate the worker’s performance. The PJO is performed by following these steps:
- Worker and Job Selection Workers should be selected for PJO based on the following priority:
- New Workers
- Poor Performers
- Risk Takers
- Good Performers
Selecting jobs for PJO should focus on jobs with an accident history, jobs with the potential for serious injury or significant property damage, and jobs with a high probability of occurrence.
The supervisor must make a commitment to be prepared for the PJO. The supervisor should review the JSA and other work procedures for that specific job.
3) Job Observation
When observing the worker, the guidelines listed below should be followed:
- Stay out of the way!
- Do not distract the worker.
- Do not interrupt the worker.
- Do not allow others to interrupt your observation of the worker.
- Have a copy of the JSA with you to follow the job process step by step.
4) Employee Review
Review your observations with the employee as soon as practical after the PJO.
Follow-up includes making changes to procedures or JSA’s as appropriate to your observation, retraining on job performance, or additional training not previously provided. Ensure that you follow-up with the worker or the value of the PJO will be lost.
In the event that an accident does occur, Supervisors will be instrumental in the control of the accident. Accident control can be broken down into three phases:
- Accident response
- Accident investigation
- Corrective actions
As a supervisor who witnesses an accident, your first priority is to safeguard workers, visitors, and yourself. Evacuate personnel to a safe area and tend to injured personnel immediately. Initiate the appropriate level of response for the accident. Secure the accident scene as soon as safely possible. This ensures that unauthorized personnel will not wonder into the accident scene and possibly be injured or exposed.
Control of property damage can be addressed after attending to personnel issues and initiating the emergency response system.
Whenever possible, supervisors should attempt to preserve evidence associated with the accident. This can be critical to determining the cause of an accident. It is best to prevent unauthorized personnel from entering the accident scene and disturbing the evidence. The evidence can be collected once the investigation team has been assembled and the investigation begun.
The investigation of an accident involves more than just completing a form. While forms are necessary for the documentation of the accident, supervisors should consider taking photographs or videotape of the accident scene. This level of documentation will be helpful at a later date when discussing the accident and can be used for training purposes.
Supervisors should begin interviewing witnesses as soon as practical after the accident. It is best to interview witnesses alone and while the accident is still fresh in their mind. Here are some suggestions concerning interviewing.
- Create a relaxed atmosphere with the interviewee. Try to put them at ease.
- Interview at the accident scene when possible. This will allow the interviewee to point to various areas or equipment at the accident scene to illustrate what they are trying to communicate.
- Interview each witness separately. This prevents witnesses from being swayed or intimidated by other workers. Each witnesses account of the accident can then be compared objectively to try to develop an accurate description of the accident.
- Getting the witnesses objective account is critical. Avoid biasing the witness by leading them to a conclusion with your questions or by making judgmental remarks.
- Restate the witness' account of the accident back to them when they are finished. This will identify any communication breakdowns during the interview and ensure that the interviewer is gathering an accurate account of the witness' statement.
- End the interview in a positive manner and let the witness know how important their participation in the accident investigation is to the prevention of future accidents.
- Let the witness know that it is appropriate to contact you at a later date if they remember any additional information relevant to the accident.
One tool commonly used in accident investigations is to reenact the accident. This can provide insight as to the conditions faced by personnel during the accidents and what options were available for response. The reenactment must be done under strict controls to ensure that no one is injured during the reenactment.
Documentation of the accident, including it’s causes and corrective actions is critical. At the Company, supervisors are required to complete a Liability Report Form within two work days following any work-related accident involving an employee or customer. Liability Report Form reports must be completed promptly and with sufficient detail to ensure a complete understanding of what caused the accident and how re-occurrence of the accident can be prevented.
Corrective actions are actions taken to prevent the re-occurrence of an accident. Corrective actions can be identified after the root cause(s) of the accident have been identified. Corrective actions should be included on the accident investigation report.
Corrective actions need to:
- Address the causes of the accident.
- Prevent those causes from reoccurring.
- Be achievable with the available resources.
- Be readily implemented without disrupting production.
- Be understood by the management and staff.
Once corrective actions have been implemented, the work area supervisor must monitor and evaluate their effectiveness with
regard to eliminating the causes of the accident. Failure to evaluate the corrective actions could result in the re-occurrence of the accident.
Every business is required by OSHA to have a formal, written and active safety program.
An easy way to show that your program is "active" is to have live safety instruction (and records thereof.)
Whatever safety training requirements you may have for your business, American CPR Training™ offers these topics in a fin informative, inexpensive, and time saving manner - and best of all, we come to your location and training your personnel on-site which saves you the additional travel time and expense of sending your employees out for training.
We work with many of our clients to schedule their training classes for the entire year in January. This way their Managers and Staff can plan ahead to assure they will be available on the scheduled dates. While CPR, First Aid, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Forklift Operator Safety (OSHA Industrial Lift Truck Safety) are our most popular topics, we teach over 100 OSHA Safety courses for our clientele across the US and the planet.
While the bulk of what we do is live, instructor-led training, many of our clients also have designated "competent person" trainers on staff that can teach some of these other OSHA safety topics, too. To aid in this, we offer some excellent OSHA safety training materials, complete with Instructor guide, student handbooks, DVDs or CDs and the paperwork necessary to properly document the training for your records.
Our Nation was begun by oppressed individuals fleeing persecution in the form of religious oppression and unfair work practices. The sought the freedom to worship (or not) as they felt was right for them, and to earn the benefits they deserved for their labor.
This struggle continues today with huge battles of belief (and sorry folks, this isn't just foreigners - there's an awful lit of prejudice, proselytizing, and religious injustice here at home, too) and efforts toward safer work environments and fair wages.
President Nixon (yes, Nixon) gave us great tools by establishing OSHA and the EPA, but workers and employers need to work together to keep the workplace safe and productivity high. Injuries in the workplace harm the companies as well as the workers. A safe workplace begins with awareness of hazards and knowledge of safe work practices. This means active and quality workplace safety training.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
What is OSHA?
- A federal organization (part of the Department of Labor) that ensires safe and healthy working conditions for Americans enforcing standards and providing safety training.
Why is OSHA important in your workplace?
- Occupational Safety and Health administration is imporatnt because it protects workers from workplace hazards. OSHA requires companies by law to enforce policies and procedures to protect there workers. It does not only lead to a safety work place, but also results in greater productivity for any business. Companies must provide protective equipment, follow safe work practices, and train all employees regarding hazards and safety policies and procedures.
What are the penalties for not being in compliance with OSHA regulations?
- Business that are found not in compliance with OSHA regulations have a certain time granted to pay or appeal their citation.