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  • 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!

  • Last week to upgrade your workplace first aid kit before regulation change

    The new ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard— Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies goes into effect this Friday... this changes the minimum requirements for business first aid kits, cabinets and supplies nationwide - not only in the States governed directly by OSHA, but also in the 28 States and Territories that have their own OSHA Approved State Plans.


    If you haven't already ordered what you need, get what you need on order by Friday so you can show an inspector if they walk in!

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

  • 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

  • Genuine First Aid ANSI Kits with EZ Care First Aid System® and Easy Access Bandages™

    ANSI FIRST AID KITS - We understand the importance of the quality and reliability of your first aid supplies. That's why many of our ANSI kits exceed requirements.GFA

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    Easy Access Bandages™ one-handed, quick application make everyone’s life so much easier!  In addition, these innovative bandages are included in all our medical kits.

    Our EZ Care First Aid System® provides fast and effective first aid when you need it most. All the supplies are packed into injury-specific pockets, with included quick-reference instructions so that anyone can quickly and confidently provide first aid.

    Explaining ANSI Requirements

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), founded in 1918, is a private, nonprofit organization that has overseen and coordinated various standardization systems for over 90 years. ANSI is made up of 3 government agencies and 5 engineering societies.ANSI Z308.1-2009 is the minimum standard set forth by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for first aid kits in various work places and for those workplaces that are unique. ANSI expects that the first aid kits will be augmented with additional supplies set forth by either the federal, state or local requirements.

    The items required are:

    • (1) First Aid Guide
    • (1) Absorbent Compress 4" X 8" minimum
    • (16) 1" X 3" Adhesive Bandages
    • (1) Adhesive Tape 2.5 yard roll
    • (10) Antiseptic Treatment Applications 0.9 Gram each
    • (6) Burn Treatment Applications 0.9 Gram each
    • (4) 3" X 3" Sterile Gauze Pads
    • (2) Pair Medical Exam Gloves
    • (1) Triangular Bandage 40" X 40" X 56" min
    • (6) Antibiotic Ointment Applications 0.5 Gram each.

    There are also now ten items listed as Recommended Supplies.
    The recommended items are:

    • Analgesic (oral, non-drowsy formula)
    • Bandage Compress, 2" X 2" min.
    • Breathing Barrier, single use
    • Burn Dressing, 12 square inches
    • Cold Pack, 4" X 5" min.
    • Eye Covering, 1/4" thick min.
    • Eye/Face Wash Sterile, 4 oz. min.
    • Roller Bandage, 2" X 4 yards min.
    • Hand Sanitizer

    Ordering your kit from FirstAidMart is one way to ensure that you meet or exceeds the ANSI Z308.1-2009 specifications. We have been in the marketplace since 2005 and unlike most of our competitors, being part of Tender Corporation, we can easily augment your kits to meet ANSI and OSHA standards keeping your workers/customers safe and giving you peace of mind.

  • ANSI Material Safety Data Sheet

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), working with the Chemical Manufacturer's Association (CMA), has developed the first standard format for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

    While this new MSDS format is not required under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA is encouraging its use. Perhaps as important, most of the large chemical manufacturers in the United States appear to be adopting this MSDS format.

    MARCOM's training products on "The ANSI Material Safety Data Sheet" have been specifically created to educate employees about the ANSI MSDS format.

    Topics covered in these products include:

    • The importance of the MSDS
    • The MSDS's role in the Hazard Communication Standard
    • Advantages of the ANSI format
    • Four basic questions the ANSI MSDS is designed to answer
      • What is the material, and what are its hazards?
      • What should I do if a problem occurs?
      • What precautions should I take when working with this material?
      • Is there anything else I should know about this substance?
    • Review of the sections in the ANSI Material Safety Data Sheet...and more!

    MARCOM's Safety Meeting Kits provide all of the materials needed to promote and conduct a safety meeting. Each Kit contains a DVD program, 5 posters, and 30 booklets, plus an easy-to-use leader's guide, scheduling and attendance forms, and an employee quiz.

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