When you are injured, you never wonder whether the first aid kit you are using is OSHA or ANSI certified. However, these designations can affect what you find when you go to the first aid kit for equipment.
What are OSHA and ANSI?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created as a division of the Department of Labor when Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970. Since then, OSHA has been tasked with enforcing the laws and regulations regarding workplace safety throughout the country. Not only is OSHA concerned with employers who violate the law and endanger the safety of their employees, but they also set forth guidelines that protect employees from risk.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a non-profit organization concerned with creating norms and guidelines that impact businesses across the country. From standards related to dairy and livestock to guidelines for construction equipment, ANSI seeks to standardize a variety of products that are used in production, manufacturing and service businesses. This standardization extends to first aid kits meant to be a part of the workplace.
What is included in an OSHA and ANSI Certified First Aid Kit
By OSHA standards, every first aid kit should have the following:
- Gauze pads (at least 4 x 4 inches).
- Two large gauze pads (at least 8 x 10 inches).
- Box adhesive bandages (band-aids).
- One package gauze roller bandage at least 2 inches wide.
- Two triangular bandages.
- Wound cleaning agent such as sealed moistened towelettes.
- At least one blanket.
- Adhesive tape.
- Latex gloves.
- Resuscitation equipment such as resuscitation bag, airway, or pocket mask.
- Two elastic wraps.
- Directions for requesting emergency assistance.
ANSI z308.1-2015 guidelines exceed basic OSHA requirements. These guidelines are divided into two types of first aid kits. Class A kits include contents that are commonly used in basic workplace injuries including the OSHA requirements. Class B kits include a broader range of supplies for more complex or high-risk workplaces. Class B kits also include a larger quantity of many commonly used first aid items.
Why Both Certifications?
Having an OSHA certified first aid kit in the workplace means you are compliant with the basic law. Having a Class A or Class B ANSI certified first aid kit means you are compliant with best practice. When an EMT, an onsite medical person or a designated first aid officer goes to an ANSI and OSHA certified first aid kit, they can expect to find the same supplies in every kit, every time. This means company-wide first aid guidelines, training, equipment maintenance schedules and oversight can be implemented without regard to the site’s location as long as they have a compliant first aid kit.
While it may be tempting to assemble a basic OSHA compliant first aid kit on your own, having one that is both OSHA and ANSI certified exceeds the basic requirements providing an added level of emergency preparedness. To purchase your OSHA and ANSI certified first aid cabinet, visit our online shop or contact us today.