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Workplace First Aid Kits Need Updates to Meet Industry Standards | News

ISEA is offering a free webinar on May 12 to learn more about vital updates and how to stay compliant

ARLINGTON, Va., April 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2021 American National Standard for Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies. This revision, the fifth since the standard was first published in 1978, builds on the original objective of ensuring that the items needed to address the most common types of sudden illnesses and injuries encountered in the workplace are easily accessible and available.

The effective date of this standard is October 15, 2022. Thereafter, first aid kits conforming to this standard must contain the required supplies, and the supplies must meet the applicable performance requirements.

“Employers should start checking their first aid cabinets against the new standard and make any recommended changes,” said Todd Van Houten, Director of Product Development and Innovation at Cintas First Aid & Safety, and President of the ISEA First Aid Products Group. “While compliance with the standard is recommended, updating first aid stations, kits, and protocols goes beyond compliance. The discussions and recommendations of this standard can help guide the overall program of first aid of an organization, ultimately helping to provide appropriate and timely treatment to all employees.”

This edition retains the kit classification (Class A or Class B, based on working environment) established in 2015 and includes several notable updates:

  • A foil cover is now mandatory: this has been considered based on an assessment of similar international standards and in recognition of the multiple purposes the item may serve, such as the treatment of hypothermia, the function of cut- wind or wearing an emergency waterproof cover.
  • More specificity for tourniquets: The standard helps distinguish tourniquets from the types of strips used to draw blood, which are not as effective in preventing blood loss as expected.
  • Better Bleeding Control Kit Guidance: The standard provides additional details on designated Bleeding Control Kits, which contain more advanced first aid supplies to immediately treat life-threatening external bleeding.
  • Enhanced Workplace Risk Assessment: The updated standard includes more in-depth discussion to help the employer assess risk, identify potential hazards, and select additional first aid supplies relevant to an application or job. particular work environment.

“Every work environment is unique, and therefore additions to the minimum requirements of any first aid kit should be made based on the hazards and injuries that could occur on that specific job site,” VanHouten said. “Employers should conduct a thorough workplace risk assessment to help them determine which supplies to increase.”

Join ISEA and its First Aid Products Group for a free webinar on May 12 to 2 p.m. ET to learn more about the updated standard, critical updates and how to ensure workplace first aid kits remain Z308.1 compliant. The webinar will be presented by recognized leaders in the research and development of first aid treatment and training items, including representatives from Acme United, Certified Safety, Cintas Corporation and Medique Products. Register here:

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2021 was developed by ISEA’s First Aid Products Group and endorsed by key stakeholders representing construction groups, technology companies, testing laboratories, utility companies and others.

Standard can be purchased for $65 from ISEA First Aid Standard Page or through authorized resellers.

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SOURCE International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)