First Aid Articles

  • USA

    BruceOn this day in 1949, Bruce Springsteen was Born in the U.S.A.
    (We love "Made in USA" - like our awesome Urgent First Aid Kits and Cabinets.)

    Arguably New Jersey's most famous native son, Springsteen's oeuvre is heavily influenced by small towns and working class families he encountered growing up. He broke out nationally with 1975's Born To Run, and became best known for his aforementioned album Born in the U.S.A, which sold 30 million copies worldwide and featured seven Top 10 singles. Springsteen has developed a rabid fan base not only for his expansive discography, but more notably for his marathon made_in_usa_Flag1Gconcerts that continue to this day; he set a new record for longest U.S. show (four hours and three minutes!) earlier this month. Happy Birthday, Boss!

  • Suturing in First Aid

    While typical bystander First Aid doesn't includes anything invasive (intubation, suturing, etc.) many of our hard-core adventurists, outdoor enthusiasts, and survivalists want the equipment they need to self-care for more extreme injuries when far from help.

    0130-0468That is why we offer the Suture Syringe Medical Kit.  Designed to fit inside the World and Smart Travel kits, but a perfect additional for any first aid kit or first responder bag -  the Suture/Syringe Medic is a necessity for any trips to locations where sterile supplies may not be available. Contents are sealed and should not be opened except by a local caregiver for use on a single patient. Packed in a durable, reusable, and lightweight pouch.

    Kit contains enough first aid and medical gear for 1 person for single use.


    - Contains declaratory statements in 8 common languages to ease passage through customs checkpoints.
    - Fits in the mesh front pocket of Smart and World Travel Kits.


    Which states prohibit the sale of certain medical kits containing syringes?
    The following states prohibit the sale of the Suture Syringe Medic: Alabama, California, Washington DC, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.

  • Surf Testing

    We quality test products before offering them for sale - we do this many ways, but one fun way is our Surf Team... while our surfers have changed over the years, our amateur surf team has been led by Chad Balash for the past 13 years - here's a shot of Chad testing to make sure a new line of bandages stay adhered after punishment of pounding salt water:


    Related: How to Avoid Getting Caught in a Rip CurrentStay safe this SummerNine Dangers at the Beach – Rip Currents | Shorebreak | Lightning | Tsunamis | Sharks | Jellyfish | Heat and Sunburn | Harmful Algal Blooms | Water Quality

    Proper bandaging and coverage of wounds is vital in the healing process of cuts, burns, abrasions, and other injuries. We carry all of the bandages and dressings you may need to care for common wounds.

  • ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2015

    fam-osha-ansi-compliance-sitewide-adHave you updated your workplace First Aid Kits?

    The ANSI/ISEA guidelines for minimum first aid supplies required in a business first aid kit changed last week, effectively changing all State and Federal OSHA requirements as well.

    Have you updated? You should.

    When it comes to workplaces and the employees within them, safety always comes first.

    URG-3683_2In the workforce, when required to have a first aid kit meeting ANSI standards, one must be sure that they are in compliance. Our ANSI Compliant First Aid Kits meet or exceed the national standards, to ensure that you are complying with the predetermined requirements for your facility. These are available as bulk and unitized kits, and in a wide range of sizes rated by the number of units within the kit or the number of persons it services.

    Read about ANSI & OSHA First Aid Standards and Requirements and the NEW Z308.1-2015 compliance requirements!

  • Active Shooter - what do do to prepare and during a crisis

    Sad to say, but the truth is that Active Shooter events are a real part of life now, and something businesses must prepare for. They are a large part of the reason for the push toward updated workplace first aid kit standards which now include tourniquets and other extended bleeding control products, and were a major impetus behind the Hartford Consensus as well as the Stop the Bleed program.

    In additional to the need for staff to understand the principles of bleeding control, businesses should have a plan for dealing with active shooters.

    Active Shooter Preparedness Resources for Your Business

    The tragic events in Orlando are a reminder that small businesses are not immune from violence. The US Department of Homeland Security offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters. Access free resources here


  • ANSI Z308.1-2015: American National Standard Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies


    Graphical image banner reading displaying ansi first aid kit and copy reading: Get your ansi 2015 compliant first aid kits, cabinets, or upgrade packs now, before the june 17tyh deadline.

    Plus - How this affects your business first aid compliance with standards and regulations including ANSI Z308.1, OSHA/CFRs 1910 & 1926

    When it comes to workplaces and the employees within them, safety always comes first.

    Graphical image of ANSI Z308.1-2015 First Aid First Aid Kit and Supply Requirements CatalogKnowing what supplies to provide to ensure the safety of the staff can be intimidating and confusing. As such, it is often easiest to follow the guidance of others – which leads countless persons to ANSI, as they set the standards for many industries and update the guidelines almost regularly. But what exactly does ANSI do and how is compliance with them regulated? Are ANSI standards compliant with OSHA regulations? How does one know if they are meeting the newest ANSI standards?  While all of this can seem complicated initially, breaking down the “ins-and-outs” without the often misconstrued legal jargon makes it quite simple to follow.

    To start, what is ANSI?

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is, metaphorically, a private body of legislators and politicians in the world of quality and safety standards. This group is made up of nearly 1,000 persons from all areas within various industries, from manufacturers to consumers. A standard set forth by ANSI, as defined in ISO/IEC Guide 2:2004, is “a document, established by consensus that provides rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results”. These standards are voluntary, unless made into law by OSHA, and can set specific requirements for items (such as size, shape, or process), mandate product or personnel performance, or define terms to leave no room for misunderstanding. To assure standards are current and being appropriately fulfilled amongst industries, conformity assessments are conducted. While ANSI doesn’t handle these assessments themselves, they accredit third parties that do so.

    Next, do ANSI standards comply with OSHA regulations?

    Image of 10 Person Bulk ANSI A, Plastic, 71 Pieces, 10 Person KitThese standards, even when published or while being assessed, are not required by law – unless OSHA intervenes. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a subset of the Department of Labor, is (also metaphorically) the police or law enforcers of quality and safety regulations. These regulations can be devised of and/or include standards adopted by ANSI, or can simply require adherence to referenced ANSI guidelines. Unlike ANSI standards, OSHA regulations are mandatory and one can be cited for hazards should the requirements not be met properly.  In fact, both business owners and managers can be held financially or even criminally liable for violation of OSHA regulations. At present, there are several OSHA regulations – and interpretations of such – based upon the 1998 and 2003 ANSI standards, implying that the most current standards should be followed. As such, OSHA still holds the ability to issue citations if the most current ANSI standards aren’t being met, even though they are not being directly addressed within their published regulations.

    Finally, how might one determine if they are up-to-date with ANSI and their guidelines?

    The most recent update to ANSI first aid kit standards (Z308.1-2015) was set forth on June 17th, 2015, which go into effect a year later – June 17th, 2016. Within the new standards, the content of the first aid kit prevails in importance over the style in which it is packaged. In previous standards, unitized boxes with color coding were required; after, bulk-style packaging was accepted. The new standards allow for either, but set specific guidelines for the content itself – including added pieces such as a CPR mask and burn supplies – as well as the label adhered to the outside of the kit, which includes a disclaimer that the ANSI standards are met so long as the first aid kit is kept at the minimum fill. There are also two classifications of first aid kits to determine what content is needed amongst various industries. The first is Class A, which would be for a general workplace environment where basic and common injuries may occur, such as a call center. The second is Class B, which would be suitable for anywhere that may allow for more than basic injuries, such as a metal fabrication facility – this kit or first aid cabinet will have two components that the other does not: a splint and tourniquet, as well as greater quantities of other required first aid supply items. These standards not only require kit containers to pass a 3-foot drop test and state what content should be included within, but also set forth performance specifications in regard to the pieces individually – such as the minimum size of eye wash, active ingredient within hand sanitizer, or cutting capability of scissors.  In addition to the required first aid kit fill, the newest ANSI standards also name “Supplemental First Aid Supplies for Consideration”, meaning items that one may want to consider having on hand depending on industry but are not required within the guidelines and may not fit into the kit itself – such as a hemostatic agent or electrolyte tablets.Image of arge Metal SmartCompliance Cabinet, ANSI A+ with Meds, 202 Pieces, 50 Person Kit

    In short, ANSI is a group of selected personnel that discuss and introduce voluntary guidelines to be followed, while OSHA is the governing body that sets regulations to be adhered to by law. As ANSI standards change, OSHA regulations may as well - but not always simultaneously. At present, the new ANSI standards take effect in June 2016 but there have not been new OSHA regulations released requiring one to have a 2015 ANSI compliant first aid kit or cabinet. Until then, it is certainly recommended to have a first aid kit meeting the newest standards – or to upgrade your current first aid kit if it was purchased in the last seven (7) years – as it is likely only time until they will become mandatory.  As they have for years, ANSI and OSHA will continue to work alongside one another with the intention of encouraging and enforcing quality and safety measures within workplaces. As stated in a letter of understanding between the two, “ANSI will furnish assistance and support and continue to encourage the development of national consensus standards for occupational safety and health issues for the use of OSHA and others”.

    Be sure to see our OSHA & ANSI SmartCompliance™ first aid kits and Refill Program

  • HEAT

    Preparing for Extreme Heat

    Here at the end of Extreme Heat Week ?? we want to remind you that extreme heat events can happen anywhere in the United States. Extreme heat commonly occurs in the summer; however the main season for heat waves may vary regionally.

    While heat illness may affect seniors and the very young more rapidly, it is a condition to which we are all susceptible.

    • Heat-funnyExtreme Heat Safety Tips:
      Stay indoors, especially during the warmest part of the day (typically 11 am to 2 pm), and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning or it fails, go to a public building with air conditioning such as a shopping mall, public library, or community center.
    •  Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
    •  If you must be outside, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must work, take frequent breaks.
    •  NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
    •  Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
      o Infants and young children
      o People aged 65 or older
      o People who have a mental illness
      o Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
    •  Get to know symptoms for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunburn and how to respond immediately.
  • Saturday Safety Tip

    Razors cut... while being in the first aid arena, we certainly now how to guide you in Treating Cuts and Lacerations, we would prefer you avoid them when possible!

    Here's a fun meme shared by one of our Mothers (sorry - we don't know where she got it or we would gladly attribute the creator) for a cheap, clever way to assure those razors don't getcha when you reach in your dop bag while travelling!


    More tips on travel safety and first aid for cuts:

  • Free

    Spring is here - brush up on your basic first aid skills... watch our FREE 22 minute video:

    "How to use a First Aid Kit... What your First Aid Course Didn't Teach You"Free-How-to-Use-a-First-Aid-Kit-Video


    Nose-BleedNose bleeds, medically known as epistaxis can be a nuisance or serious. If minor or infrequent, it can be treated with proper first aid techniques - when it continues or happens frequently, one should seek medical attention.

    What to do for minor nosebleeds:

       ~   CHECK the scene and the person. (Always make sure the area is safe for you as a rescuer before attempting to provide care.)

       ~   Get permission to give care if the injured person is a conscious adult.

       ~  Have person lean slightly forward.

       ~  Pinch the nose just below the bony ridge for about 10 minutes and lean slightly  forward (not back).

       ~  Apply an ice pack or instant cold pack to the bridge of the nose.

    If bleeding does not stop:

    • Continue to pinch the nose just below the bony ridge.
    • Seek medical care.

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