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- Who is OSHA?OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is a sub-agency of the US Department of Labor. It issues standards to segments of the work force and polices these regulations with a staff of inspectors who make periodic work site checks. The purpose of these standards is to insure workplace safety. Fines are imposed if repeated infractions are noted.
- What are OSHA's requirements for a first aid kit?Based on Federal OSHA Regulation Standard 1910.151.b: "Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available." This rule applies to treatment of minor injuries that occur in the workplace, and refers in Appendix A to ANSI Z308.1 as the basis for minimum first aid kit content.
- What do I need to do to ensure OSHA compliance?You should be concerned with OSHA compliance on both a federal and state level. Currently, 30 states follow the Federal OSHA regulations as stated above, while 22 states and territories follow a regulation that combines the Federal standard and imposes an individualized state by state requirement. The state standard can be reviewed on the Internet or by contacting your local OSHA office.
- Does OSHA require ANSI? Yes. And No. OSHA 1910.151b Appendix A calls out ANSI Z308.1 as the basis for minimum fill required for workplace first aid kit OSHA compliance. Some industries (logging, construction, etc.) may require a bit more, but the most current ANSI minimum fill is a good start for any business.
- What is ANSI?The American National Standards Institute publishes minimum standards of quality for many items related to safety. Now joined with ISEA, common First Aid Guidelines follow ANSI / ISEA recommendations.
- Do they have a minimum content requirement for first aid?Yes, to be ANSI compliant a first aid kit must have the required minimum fill according to the most recently updated ANSI (American National Standards Institute) / ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) Revisions ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015, Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies (revision and redesignation of ANSI Z308.1-2009). This 2015 ANSI Standard sets two Classes (A&B) of kit and four Types of kit/cabinet/case.
- Is ANSI mandatory?No, BUT there are now more than 20 states that have adopted ANSI standards as their state recommended requirements. States that fall under Federal OSHA regulations, while not "Required" to follow ANSI standards, do need to meet minimum OSHA guidelines which cite ANSI Z308.1 as the base level of first aid supply conformance.
- Why ANSI?OSHA requires adequate first aid supplies to be available in the workplace but they don't require any specific contents. By recommending a specific fill, one will be guaranteed to find necessary items in an ANSI kit. The newest American National Standard Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies guidelines assures the assortment and quantity of first aid supplies intended to deal with most types of injuries and sudden illnesses encountered in the workplace including: major wounds, minor wounds (cuts and abrasions), minor burns, sprains and strains, and eye injuries.