The American National Standards Institute ANSI is proud to support the development of critical workplace-safety related standards that help ensure safety comes first, no matter the setting. Injuries have more than lasting physical effects, for example, as workers earn an average of 15 percent less over 10 years following an injury. While a key aspect of workplace safety is the measures that assure safe and healthful working conditions for employees as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act , employers should also put comprehensive plans into action to prevent millions of injuries and illnesses that happen each year. The Class A kits include contents designed for the most common types of workplace injuries, while Class B kits include a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments. By expanding the items on the basic first aid kit, employees have greater access to items needed to treat common workplace injuries. Other high-risk workplace environments include settings with volatile substances.
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Brad Kelechava 1 Comment Employers have a responsibility to provide healthy workplaces, for both the well-being of the employees and the efficiency of the enterprises.
In most instances, the availability of adequate first-aid kits provides nothing more than the assurance of reduced risk. However, in certain emergencies, access to the bandages, antiseptic, gauze, and other items found in these assemblages can mitigate injuries entirely or act as temporary abatements before professional help can be reached.
These are intended for use in various work environments, and their classification is based on the anticipated number of users, the complexity of the work environment, and the level of hazards. The containers are classified by portability, ability to be mounted, resistance to water, and corrosion and impact resistance. At the legislative level, other than CFR However, there are specific legal requirements set by OSHA for workplace first aid kits for shipyard employment , marine terminals , longshoring , and the construction industry.
Class A Kits Under this designation, Class A first aid kits are intended to provide a basic range of products to deal with most common types of injuries encountered in the workplace. Examples include major wounds, minor wounds such as cuts and abrasions , minor burns, and eye injuries. Table 1 also identifies the minimum size or volume of these items.
First aid kits designated Class B contain two items not found in Class A ones: a splint and a tourniquet. They also possess all the items found in Class A kits, but in greater quantities. Therefore, they are generally not intended to be portable, and they are found in a mounted, fixed position. Rough handling and environmental factors are intended to be minimal.
Type II first aid kits are meant for portable use indoors. The potential for damage of kit supplies is minimal. The damage of kit supplies is not probable. These kits have a water-resistant seal, and they can be mounted in a fixed position.
Potential damage to kit supplies is significant, due to environmental factors and rough handling. These kits have a means to be mounted. It also features a normative appendix that serves as a first aid guide and an informative appendix on the maintenance of first aid supplies.
ANSI/ISEA Z308 1-2015 Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits
Class A kits are for the most common workplace injuries, like minor cuts, abrasions and sprains. Class A kits are meant for non-industrial situations with small numbers of people. The ANSI revision introduced two classes of first aid kits: ISEA members use the association to learn from each other, and work together to improve markets. Standards Update: ANSI Z for First Aid Kits and Supplies The standard specifies products that must be contained in any workplace first aid kit in order to address injuries that are likely to occur, namely major and minor wounds, minor burns and eye injuries.
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Compliance for First Aid Kits
Workplace First Aid Kits – ANSI/ISEA Z308-2015 – Classes, Types, and the Standard