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So you THINK your first aid kit is compliant?

Think again.

When OSHA comes calling, they usually check your first aid kit or cabinet. You may have ordered an OSHA & ANSI compliant kit, but is it really compliant? The Inspector will know if not. Some things to consider:

1) Most common off-the-shelf non-compliance: The vast majority of "ANSI Compliant" first aid kits and cabinets on the market do not contain a current/compliant first aid guide... the Manufacturers claim the kits are up to date, but frankly, there are very few guides available to kit builders that have the required ANSI content in them.

ANSI REQUIRES that your first aid guide covers (at minimum):

  • Emergency steps of assessing the scene and person, calling 9-1-1 or location emergency number
  • Establishing responsiveness
  • Establishing and maintaining an open and clear airway
  • Performing rescue breathing
  • Treating airway obstruction in a conscious victim
  • Performing CPR
  • Using an AED
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of shock and providing first aid for shock from illness or injury
  • Assessing and treating a victim who has an unexplained change in level of consciousness or sudden illness
  • Controlling bleeding with direct pressure
  • Poisoning
  • Responding to medical emergencies
    • Chest pain
    • Stroke
    • Breathing problems
    • Anaphylactic reaction
    • Hypoglycemia in diabetics taking insulin
    • Seizures
    • Reduced level of consciousness
    • Impaled object
  • Wounds
    • Assessment and treatment of first aid wounds including abrasions, cuts, lacerations, punctures, avulsions, amputations and crush injuries
    • Principles of wound care including infection precautions
    • Principles of body substance isolation, universal precautions, and use of PPE
  • Burns
    • Assessment of the severity of a burn, including extent (size) and depth
    • Recognizing whether a burn is thermal, electrical, or chemical and the appropriate first aid
  • Temperature extremes
    • Exposure to cold, including frostbite and hypothermia
    • Exposure to heat, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
    • Fractures
    • Sprains, strains, contusions, and cramps
    • Head, neck, back, and spinal injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Mouth and teeth injuries
    • Oral injuries, lip and tongue injuries, broken and missing teeth
  • Bites and stings
    • Human and animal bites
    • Bites and stings from insects; instruction in first aid treatment for anaphylacsis

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2) Second most common non-compliance: Missing Items. If you bought a first aid kit or cabinet to comply with the latest requirements you need to make sure it has the minimum fill at all times!

3) Third most common non-compliance: Wrong Class kit. Do you need Class A or Class B?
The 2015 ANSI revision introduced two classes of first aid kits:
Class A kits with content designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries.
Class B kits with a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries more complex or in high-risk environments.
Don’t skimp - if "borderline" or unsure - go for Class B.
In deciding which class of kit is more appropriate for a given workplace... employers should consider the risks and task load of the work environment and the potential severity and likelihood of occurrence of an injury. 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.

Want to learn more? Read about OSHA First Aid vs. ANSI First Aid.

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