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OSHA First aid Kits and supplies are required to be readily available under paragraph 1910.151(b). An example of the minimal contents of a generic first aid kit is described in American National Standard (ANSI) Z308.1-1998 Minimum Requirements for Workplace OSHA First-aid Kits. The contents of the kit listed in the ANSI standard should be adequate for small worksites. When larger operations or multiple operations are being conducted at the same location, employers should determine the need for additional OSHA first aid kits at the worksite, additional types of OSHA first aid equipment and supplies and additional quantities and types of supplies and equipment in the first aid kits. In a similar fashion, employers who have unique or changing first-aid needs in their workplace may need to enhance their OSHA first-aid kits. The employer can use the OSHA 200 log, OSHA 101's or other reports to identify these unique problems. Consultation from the local fire/rescue department, appropriate medical professional, or local emergency room may be helpful to employers in these circumstances.
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The 1998 revision of first aid regulation, 29 CFR 1910-151 states, "in the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the 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." The revised regulation eliminated the statement, ". . . first aid supplies approved by the consulting physician shall be readily available."
'Appendix A' which is a non-mandatory guideline provides an example of the minimal contents of generic first aid kits according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z308.1-1978. The first aid kit contents listed in Z308.1-1978 should be adequate for small work sites. The employer is responsible for determining the need for additional first-aid supplies, OSHA first aid kits, quantities and the types of supplies at the work site for large/larger work sites.
*Note: Since Appendix A was added, ANSI has updated Z308.1-1978 ( "Minimum Requirements for Industrial Unit-type First-aid Kits") to the 2003 standard. OSHA has not yet revised Appendix A to reference the updated ANSI Z308.1-2003 standard.
The main difference between the old standard and the new standard is that the new 2003 ANSI standard has expanded the list of recommended first aid kit supplies to include; analgesics, burn dressings, cold packs, antibiotic treatments and CPR barriers. It also takes into account all types of packaging of first aid products and containers for use indoors and outdoors in both mobile and stationary settings. The kits that comply with this standard are meant to provide a basic range of products that deal with the majority of injuries encountered in the workplace including major wounds, minor burns, and eye injuries.
Under Z308.1-2003, the new ANSI standard states that approved first aid kits are divided into three different categories or classifications. First aid kits must also meet the performance and testing requirements set by the standard.
Type I: Intended for use in stationary, indoor applications where kit contents have minimal potential for damage. These first aid 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 in a light manufacturing facility. First aid cabinets would fall in this classification.
Type II: Intended for use in portable indoor applications. First aid kit contents should have minimal potential for damage. These approved first aid kits should be equipped with carrying handle(s). Some applications for Type II first-aid kits are general indoor use, office or manufacturing environments.
Type III: Intended for portable use in mobile industries and/or outdoor applications. Kits should be moisture resistant, equipped with a carrying handle, have the means for being mounted in a fixed position, and should also be corrosion resistant. Type III kits must meet specific performance requirements. (Please see Section 4.4.1 of ANSI Z308.1-2003 for testing requirements). Typical applications for Type III first aid kits would be the transportation industry or construction jobs.
All first aid kits meeting the requirements of ANSI Z308.1-2003 should contain the first aid items listed in Section 5.1, Table 1 of the standard. The quantity and size specifications of these components are the minimum necessary to comply with the standard. The components list includes such items as compresses, bandages, tape, gloves, antiseptic and burn treatments. Additional quantities or components can be added to meet the requirements of a specific workplace or hazard.
In addition to the minimum contents listed in the standard, a kit should have optional items added, based upon specific workplace hazards. The selection of additional supplies should be made by consulting with a health care professional or a person competent in first aid who is knowledgeable of the hazards found in that specific workplace. The optional items shall meet specifications stated in Section 5.2 of ANSI Z308.1-2003. Items not addressed by the standard should be in compliance with U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or any other governing body or regulation. Additional supplies include oral analgesics, antibiotic treatments, compress bandages, CPR barriers, burn dressings, cold packs, eye covers, eyewash, and a roller bandage.
Dawg® offers many OSHA first aid kits such as our industrial first aid stations that are available in 75, 100, 150 and 200+ person ANSI and OSHA approved first aid kits. Other 25 or 50 person compliance kits are basically two OSHA approved first aid kits in one, combining basic first aid supplies with blood borne pathogen and CPR supplies in a weather resistant, portable or wall mount case. There are bulk OSHA first aid kits and ANSI unitized first aid kits that contain 8 products required by ANSI.
All first aid kit contents meeting the “Minimum Requirements of Basic Fill Contents" need to be marked with the ANSI Z308.1-2003 designation. Each complete kit meeting the first-aid kit requirements of ANSI Z308.1-2003 must have a permanent label on the back or outside of the kit with the information listed in the box below. All labeling should be legible and permanent. Recommended first aid contents meeting the criteria of Section of 5.2.1, Minimum Performance Criteria for Recommended Contents may be marked as “ANSI A308.1-2003R".
Minimum Requirements for Unit First Aid Kits Section 6 of the ANSI Z308.1-2003 standard discusses minimum requirements of unit first aid kits. Unit first-aid kits are kits in which the contents are packaged in uniform-size boxes that contain one or more applications of first-aid supplies. In unitized First Aid Kits, packaging must meet the specific requirements for dimensions, physical stability, marking and labeling. Please see ANSI Z308.1-2003 for packaging requirements. Packages must also be color coded, using the follow guidelines:
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For a copy of the Standard ANSI Z308.1-2003, contact International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) in Virginia at (703)525-1695 or Online: www.safetyequipment.org