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ANSI standard changes

NORTH ANSI 2015 Compliant - First Aid Kit Offering

  • The American National Standard-Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies, ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015, has been updated and goes into effect on June 17, 2016
  • The latest revision maintains the four types of kits and introduces a separation into two classes

    2 Classes of Kits: A & B

  • Kits in Class A include a basic range of products to deal with the most common types of injuries
  • Class B kits include a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries encountered in more populated, complex and/or high-risk workplaces
  • Each class has a minimum required fill with increased quantities and/or variety
  • Refer to ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 standard for full details
  • ANSI does not enforce laws or write regulations
  • The standard is intended as a guide to aid the manufacturer, consumer and general public

How Do Companies Determine What First Aid Products They Need?

  • Compliance with the ANSI standard is voluntary
  • However, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that first aid provisions be readily accessible to workers
  • OSHA refers to the ANSI standard as an example and recommends businesses build an inventory of first aid supplies that meet their the specific needs
  • It is the employer's responsibility to conduct an assessment of the workplace, taking into consideration the number of employees, work environment, risks and the likelihood of an injury
  • A person competent in first aid and cognizant of workplace hazards should conduct the assessment

2015 ANSI Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits

  • OSHA Requirements for First Aid
  • OSHA does not mandate what first aid items a company must have on hand but they do require an employer to have suitable first aid accessible
  • OSHA Regulations [Standards-29CFR 1910.151(b)] Medical Services and First Aid - General Industry
  • "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available"
  • For a full directory of OSHA standards, go to: www.osha.gov (under "Laws & Regulations")

Types of First Aid Kits

  • The standard establishes minimum performance requirements for first aid kits and their supplies that are intended for use in various work environments
  • Classification of first aid kits, designating the assortment of items and quantity of each item, is 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
  • First aid kit containers are classified by portability, ability to be mounted, resistance to water and corrosion and impact resistance

NORTH 25, 50 and 75 Person Kits Available in Plastic and Steel

  • Suggested Environments
  • Small office environments
  • Car or truck fleets
  • Small auto repair shops
  • Residential construction
  • Retail stores or other small, low risk business environments

FAK25PL-CLSA 25 Person First Aid Kit, Plastic
FAK25STL-CLSA 25 Person First Aid Kit, Steel
FAK50PL-CLSA 50 Person First Aid Kit, Plastic
FAK50STL-CLSA 50 Person First Aid Kit, Steel
FAK75PL-CLSA 75 Person First Aid Kit, Plastic
FAK75STL-CLSA 75 Person First Aid Kit, Steel

NORTH Soft Pak, First Response Kit

  • Suggested Environments
  • Office employee first responders
  • Construction vehicles
  • Long haul trucks
  • Oil and gas trucks

FRKSOFTPAK-CLSB Class B First Responder Kit, Large

NORTH 100, 150, 200 Person First Aid Steel Stations

  • Suggested Environments
  • Medium-to-large offices
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Large retail outlets

FAK100CAB-CLSB Class B 100 Person First Aid Kit, Steel
FAK150CAB-CLSB Class B 150 Person First Aid Kit, Steel
FAK200CAB-CLSB Class B 200 Person First Aid Kit, Steel

NORTH Industrial First Aid Steel Stations

  • Suggested Environments
  • Warehouses
  • Large retail outlets
  • Construction sites
  • Manufacturing facilities

FAK3SHLF-CLSB Class B 3 Shelf First Aid Cabinet, Steel
FAK4SHLF-CLSB Class B 4 Shelf First Aid Cabinet, Steel

Recognizing the Hazards

  • Begin by reviewing safety procedures, equipment and employee behaviors in the workplace
  • To identify hazards, understand the risks associated with the specific equipment, chemicals and environment
  • Consult with experts in your field, the employees who perform the tasks and state or local officials to determine additional requirements or needs
  • Ask the question, "Does this job, activity, or situation have the potential to endanger?"
  • When assessing any job or situation, ask "What if?" To make the job of identifying hazards in the workplace easier, prepare and develop the process by identifying:
  • All activities involved in work processes and tasks
  • Who is involved in those activities
  • Products, equipment and materials that are used
  • Finally, make a list of all the hazards at the workplace
  • Once the hazards have been determined, understand what emergencies may arise, how to initially treat wounds and develop a plan to communicate a course of action and safety program to the employees

Assess the Hazards

  • What is the history of illness and injury at your facility?
  • Were incidents properly documented and data collected?
  • What is the nature of the hazards and how often could they occur?
  • Understand hazards in various areas of the facility (Office, Lab, Warehouse, Manufacturing)

Assess the Risks

  • For risk assessment purposes, gather information on your workplace hazards and evaluate the potential for harm and illness
  • Then reference company data on past incidents to design your first aid program
  • Understanding the environment, its people and potential for harm is the first step in implementing a program to fit the overall needs of your site and employees
  • Employers should also consider whether multiple first aid kits are needed, based on the number of employees, physical layout of the work environment and the remoteness of the worksite to emergency services
  • These same considerations can be taken into account when determining if a first aid kit should be augmented with additional supplies

First Aid and Safety Needs Assessment Checklist

  • Perform the walkthrough using the First Aid and Safety Needs Assessment Checklist available upon request
  • Walkthrough should be performed with the appropriate personnel
  • Use the check list as a guide to document needs, assess work environments and make notes
  • Implement a schedule and assign personnel to perform periodic walkthroughs to identify changing needs in the environment

Hazards Defined

  • A hazard is something with the potential to cause harm or expose one to danger

Risks Defined

  • Risks are what could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh whether you have taken enough precautions or if you should do more to prevent harm. It is the loss resulting from (internal or external) inadequate or failed process, people or systems

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