On June 17, 2015, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) in collaboration with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) revised its requirements for first aid kits. These new and modified requirements will now be effective this June 17, 2016 and establish the minimum quantity of certain products for first aid kits and supplies. They’ve also introduced two classes of kits, as well as the addition of newly required items. Class A kits are designed to tackle with the most common types of workplace injuries. Class B kits are designed with a wider variety and quantity of supplies to tackle injuries in a more intricate or high-risk environments.
ANSI’s new First Aid Kit requirements are not mandatory. However, there are now more than 20 states that have adopted ANSI standards as their state recommended requirements. If you are missing a first aid kit in your workplace make sure to have ANSI’s newest version because the quality of the contents have been improved in order to better protect you and your employees. You can buy your new ANSI First Aid Kit here.
How Important Are First Aid Kits for Your Business?
Injuries could happen anytime, anywhere. The severity of any injury could be dependent on the environment, and while it is impossible to avoid all injuries, being prepared for possible occurrences will aid with providing a safe and healthful workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.151 requires that there are trained first aid providers, and that adequate first aid supplies be readily available at all workplaces (of any size) if there is no “infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees.”