ANSI Items in Workplace First Aid Kits

While all workplaces should have – and in many cases, are required to have – a first-aid kit on-site, it can be hard to know what to order and keep. In most workplaces, the individuals tasked with ordering first aid kids are not medical professionals, so the process is often accomplished through guesswork. Unfortunately, this leaves many workplaces open to the risk of not having the right supplies on hand in the case of illness, accident, or emergency. 

It’s therefore a good idea to comply with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) Z308.1-2021 standard, which establishes minimum performance specifications for first aid kits and their supplies. These materials standards are designed for use in various work environments, and their classification is based on the anticipated number of users, the complexity of the work environment and the level of hazards. The containers for the first aid kids are further classified by portability, ability to be mounted, resistance to water, and corrosion and impact resistance.

Classes of First Aid Containers

Class A first aid kits that comply with the standards for non-high-risk environments include a basic range of products to deal with most common types of injuries encountered in the workplace, including major wounds, minor wounds (such as cuts and abrasions), minor burns and eye injuries. Any first aid kit designated Class A must contain an assortment of compliant supplies in specified quantities, depending on the size of the workplace. 

Class A kits will typically include adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic application, antiseptic, breathing barrier, burn dressing, burn treatment, a cold pack, eye covering, a first aid guide, hand sanitizer, medical exam gloves, eye/skin wash, roller bandages, scissors, sterile pads, trauma pads, and triangular bandages.

For Class B environments, which include populated, complex and/or high-risk work environments, kits are required to include the same materials as Class A kits but also contain a splint and a tourniquet. Class B kits also contain materials in greater quantities than Class A kits. 

Types of First Aid Containers

The ANSI/ISEA standards also define the different types of containers that will hold first aid supplies. Type I first aid kits are to be used in stationary, indoor settings. Type II first aid kits are meant for portable use indoors. Type III first aid kits are meant for portable use in mobile, indoor and/or outdoor settings, and are durable to protect from medium levels of damage. These kits have a water-resistant seal, and they can be mounted in a fixed position. Type IV first aid kits are intended for portable use in mobile industries and/or outdoor settings that present significant risk of damage due to rough handling and the elements.

Contact An Experienced Workplace Safety Organization

In Southern California, UniShield provides businesses with first aid kits and supplies, onsite safety training and OSHA compliance services. Serving companies in Greater Los Angeles, San Diego County, Orange County, Ventura County, and San Bernardino County, UniShield offers comprehensive training in equipping employees with the skills and knowledge to prevent and handle emergency situations effectively. Call 800-480-5855 or visit our website for more information.


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