Now is the time to make sure you have the first aid kit supplies you need to fulfill the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. In June of 2015, ANSI and International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) updated the American National Standard-Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies (ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015).
The new ANSI/ISEA standard introduces two classes of first aid kits based on the anticipated number of users intended to be served by each first aid kit, as well as the complexity of the work environment and level of hazards. The two classes are below.
- Class A kits deal with the most common type of workplace injuries.
- Class B kits deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments and therefore, include a broader range and quantity of supplies.
Click here to link to a table listing the type and quantity of supplies required to meet requirements for Class A and Class B first aid kits.
Kit containers are another consideration in meeting the new standard. They are now classified into four types based on portability, ability to be mounted, resistance to water, and corrosion and impact resistance. Below is a brief explanation of each.
- Type I: Intended for use in stationary, indoor applications where kit contents have minimal potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling. These kits are not intended to be portable and should have a means for mounting in a fixed position. Some applications for Type I first aid kits are general indoor use, office use or use in a manufacturing facility. First aid cabinets would generally fall into this type.
- Type II: Intended for use in portable indoor applications where the potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling is minimal. These kits should be equipped with a carrying handle. Some applications for Type II first aid kits are general indoor use, or use in office or manufacturing environments.
- Type III: Intended for portable use in mobile indoor and/or outdoor settings where the potential for damage due to environmental factors is not probable. Kits should have the means to be mounted and have a water resistant seal. Typical applications include general indoor use and sheltered outdoor use.
- Type IV: Intended for portable use in mobile industries and/or outdoor applications where the potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling is significant.Typical applications include the transportation industry, utility industry, construction industry and the armed forces.
Consider the complexity of your work environment and level of hazards to determine the appropriate class and type of kit. The size and layout of your facility, availability of emergency services and number of employees are also factors when deciding the appropriate number of kits and whether supplemental supplies are needed. Competent personnel with an understanding of first aid, the hazards of a particular work environment and the number of employees at the site should determine the adequacy of a kit and its content.
Contact Craft if you need help regarding the new standards. We offer a wide range of first aid kits and supplies so you can benefit from one-stop shopping with no delivery fees.