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.
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 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. (need link
Both Federal and State
OSHA regulations do include the 'non-mandatory' requirements that
coincide with ANSI's first aid kit regulations. As a company, we
feel that eventually, these agencies will adopt ANSI as part of
website help me be in compliance?
All our industrial first aid kits meet or exceed
Federal OSHA standards. Additionally, our line includes metal and
plastic unitized kits that meet or exceed Federal OSHA standards
and exceed the new ANSI requirements. For more information on the
new ANSI standards see the section below.
What is ANSI?
The American National Standards Institute publishes minimum
standards of quality for many items related to safety.
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 standard ANSI Z308.1-1998.
Is ANSI mandatory?
No, BUT there are 20 states that have adopted ANSI standards as
their state recommended requirements.
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.
Does ANSI affect
Yes, one of the most important parts of ANSI Z308.1-1998 is the
standardization of colors on unitized refills. Bandages,
Antiseptics, Burn Treatment, PPE and Misc items will each have
their own color. This standardization will make it easy to
recognize product quickly in an emergency.
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