ABOUT OSHA and ANSI
Frequently asked questions on OSHA and ANSI, and what you need to know about compliance... What are the OSHA regulations for workplace first aid kits? What about ANSI Requirements and ISEA guidelines?
OSHA First Aid Kits Definitions and ANSI First Aid Kit RequirementsFor OSHA and ANSI Compliant products, please click links below:
- 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.
- Can this
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.
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 their regulation.
- 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?
OSHA-ANSI Yes, to be ANSI compliant a first aid kit must have the required minimum fill according to standard ANSI Z308.1-2015. Now updated to 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 re-designation of ANSI Z308.1-2009 - now replaced by ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015)
- Is ANSI mandatory?
No, BUT there are now more than 20 states that have adopted ANSI standards as their state recommended requirements.
- 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.
- Does ANSI affect
unitized refill box colors?
Yes, one of the most important parts of ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2009 & ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2015 is the standardization of colors on unitized refills. Bandages, Antiseptics, Burn Treatment, PPE and Miscellaneous items will each have their own color. This standardization will make it easy to recognize product quickly in an emergency.Read more about ANSI Color Code
MORE ON ANSI / ISEA
ISEA is the trade association for manufacturers of industrial first aid kits and supplies. Members of the group manufacture and market a full range of first aid kits and supplies, designed to meet user needs for a wide range of applications. See the Buyers Guide for a listing of first aid kits and components available from ISEA member companies.
ISEA members have a seat at the table when standards are being written that affect their products; they get a first look at changes in standards, they influence the development of new standards, and they are kept informed of developments on standards around the world. ISEA is the secretariat for the American National Standard for first aid kits and supplies, ANSI/ISEA Z308.1, and managed the process by which a broad-based consensus group was brought together to prepare the expanded 2009 edition. This was briefly replaced by ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2014, but due to analysis of the impracticality of a rolled wire splint, this was almost immediately supplanted with ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 which describes a more useful 4" x 24" padded rolling splint - like a SAM splint.)
ISEA gives members a full-time Washington office. They are kept up to date on important developments affecting their companies, and are identified with a respected and responsible organization that is an advocate for product standards and worker safety. ISEA has worked with OSHA to gain recognition of the ANIS/ISEA first aid kit standard as a guideline for the workplace. When authorities propose regulations that affect first aid kits or their contents, ISEA keeps members informed and ensures that their views are well represented in agency deliberations.
ISEA members use the association to learn from each other, and work together to improve markets. Information services are tuned to member companies’ needs.
In addition to bringing companies together in the First Aid Group, ISEA membership is a link to the larger world of safety equipment, both in the US and around the world. Companies receive regular bulletins and reports on standards, government policies and proposals, and market intelligence. They participate in the association’s Annual and Fall Meetings, where the industry comes together to share information and insight. Members’ products are listed in a Buyers Guide, published in print and in a searchable on-line database.
For more than 75 years, ISEA has set the standard for personal safety equipment manufacturers, supporting and promoting the business interests of its member companies, united in the goal of protecting the health and safety of people worldwide. First Aid Standards American National Standard from ISEA.
ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2009 & ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2015 American National Standard - Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies May 12, 2009 This standard, a revision to the 2003 edition, was prepared by the members of ISEA’s Industrial First Aid Group, in conjunction with leading industry stakeholders and was reviewed by a consensus panel of users, health and safety professionals and government agencies. Significant updates incorporated into this version include the designation of new kit types, expansion of the required supply list to include a first aid guide, and a redesign of the product label. Kits in compliance with this standard will provide a basic range of products to deal with most types of injuries encountered in the workplace. “During the revision process, much consideration was given to contemporary first aid protocols and the availability of products used to treat workplace injuries,” said Bob Rock, chairman of the ISEA Industrial First Aid Group and product manager of North by Honeywell. “The updated document reflects an assortment of supplies in sizes and quantities that are best-suited to treat worker injuries.” The kit label has been redesigned to draw specific attention to fact that each workplace is unique and, as such, may necessitate the availability of additional first aid supplies. “The standard developing committee recognized that as work sites vary, so does the likelihood for the need for specific first aid supplies beyond the minimum required items,” said Rock. “The new kit label is an added tool to remind employers that supplementary first aid contents may be needed.
While infrequently cited, some requirements will ask for and "ANSI Type X" kit - these are the ANSI Types (See below for types 2015 I-IV):
Intended use: stationary, indoor settings in a controlled environment Potential for damage of kit contents: minimal Requirements: minimum fill requirements and the means for mounting in a fixed position. Typical applications: general indoor use, offices, manufacturing facilities
Intended use: portable, indoor settings, in a controlled environment Potential for damage of kit contents: minimal Requirements: minimum fill requirements; carrying handle; subjected to a drop test
Intended use: portable use outdoors and in mobile industries Potential for damage of kit contents: significant Requirements: moisture-resistant, corrosion-resistant, carrying handle; minimum fill requirements; means for mounting in fixed position; subjected to conditioning and drop tests Typical applications: general outdoor use, mobile industries.
Ready for an OSHA First Aid Kit? Now what about an OSHA Certified First Aid Kit? No? OK then... what about a First Aid Kit that is OSHA Approved? Nope. No such thing.
OSHA sets forth OSHA First Aid Kit guidelines for General Industry, for Construction, and Industry Specific OSHA First Aid kit guidelines, but OSHA does not "Approve" any manufacturer's first aid kits... but it is up to each First Aid Kit manufacturer to assure that the kits fulfill the OSHA First Aid Kit Requirements. Responsible First Aid Kit Manufacturers may state that certain first aid kits are "OSHA Compliant" or that the kits "meets OSHA First Aid Kit Guidelines". The first aid kits on this site that are listed as "OSHA First Aid Kits" are "OSHA Compliant" in that they meet or exceed OSHA First Aid Guidelines for the purposes they are defined as suiting.
If you are shopping around and see an "OSHA Approved First Aid Kit", or "OSHA Certified First Aid Kit" (and believe it, unscrupulous Manufacturers actually print such nonsense on their products) it is false. No two-ways about it - OSHA does not "endorse" and First Aid kit with certifications or approvals. If someone tells you they are selling you an "OSHA Approved First Aid Kit" beware...they are probably stretching the truth, ask them for the OSHA Compliance certification if they insist their First aid Kit is OSHA approved... otherwise, shop online here for OSHA Compliant First Aid Kits and OSHA Compliant First Aid Kit refills
We've sorted our ANSI compliant First Aid refills for you by ANSI Color Codes - in addition to the standard colorized first aid refills for visual selection by first aid item type, we also offer convenient refill packs which include the basic ANSI requirements for ANSI Type I, II, III & IV classification first aid kits - Read more about ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2009 and new ISEA / ANSI Z308.1-2015, American National Standard—Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies. Don't forget your ANSI First Aid Guide!
ANSI First Aid Kit Refills - Color coded ANSI / ISEA First Aid Kit Refill Items - Unitized ANSI Color Code Refills
|ANSI Refill Packs||Antiseptic & Ointments||Bandages||Burn Treatment||Personal Protective
|ANSI Refill Bricks||Alcohol Prep Pads||Absorbent Compress||Burn Relief||CPR||Adhesive Tape|
|These ANSI First Aid Kit Refill Packs are designed to
replenish the key items for 10, 16, 24 & 36 unit unitized ANSI Compliant first aid kits.
|Antiseptic Cleansing Wipes||Adhesive Bandages||Exam / Medical Grade Gloves||Eye Care Products|
|Povidone Wipes||Compress Bandages||Rescue Blankets|
|Antibiotic Ointment||Conforming Gauze Roll Bandages||Insect Sting Relief Pads|
|Gauze Dressing Pads||Cold Compresses|
|Triangular Bandages||Ammonia Inhalants|
|Trauma / Pressure Bandages||Aspirin|
Why Color Codes for ANSI Unitized First Aid Refills? Why ANSI Unitized First Aid?
ANSI / ISEA Type 1, Type II, Type III and Type IV first aid kits requirements must contain the first aid supplies listed below. The quantity, dimensions, or volume listed for each supply is the minimum for compliance with ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2009 & ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2015, American National Standard—Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies. You may exceed these size requirements and still be in compliance with the ANSI / ISEA Standards, as long as the first aid items and supplies meet or exceed the performance requirements noted in the ANSI Standard.(See ANSI compliant first aid refills..)
Color Coding of ANSI first aid refills is so rescuers can quickly visually identify the first aid items they need to perform first aid techniques safely and effectively on injuries.
Unit packages follow this ANSI color coding:
• BLUE - Antiseptics
• YELLOW - Bandages
• RED - Burn Treatment
• ORANGE - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - including CPR
• GREEN – Miscellaneous
The size and style of color coding is discretionary and varies by Manufacturer but is in all cases designed to be easily identifiable.
Required Minimum Fill:
1 First Aid Guide
1 Absorbent Compress 4 x 8 in. min.
16 Adhesive Bandages 1 x 3 in.
1 Adhesive Tape 2.5 yd.
10 Antiseptic Treatment Applications 0.5 gm. each
6 Burn Treatment Applications 0.9 gm. each
4 Sterile Pads 3 x 3 in. min.
2 Pair Medical Exam Gloves
1 Triangular Bandage 40 x 40 x 56 in. min.
6 Antibiotic Treatment Applications 0.5 gm. each
Additional ANSI Recommended First Aid Supplies:Analgesic (Oral)
Bandage Compress 2 x 36 in. min.
Breathing Barrier, single use
Burn Dressing 12 sq. in. min.
Cold Pack 4 x 5 in. min.
Eye Covering 1/4 in. thick min.
Eye/Face Wash, sterile 4 fl. oz. min
Roller Bandage 2 in. x 4 yd. min.
Hand Sanitizer, 0.9 gm. min
Why Unitized? A first aid kit need not be "Unitized" in order to be ANSI compliant. We offer ANSI First Aid Kits that are "Bulk" as well (meaning loose supplies organized within the ANSI First Aid Kit).
Unit First Aid: A system of packaging first aid materials in uniform sized packages containing one or more applications of first aid products. As an example - 1 "10 unit" ANSI First Aid Kit could hold the 10 ANSI required first aid items in 1 unit boxes. Similarly, a "36 unit" could hold the same 10 ANSI required first aid items in 1 unit boxes and still have room for 26 more "units" of first aid - this could be 26 additional 1 unit boxes, 13 additional 2 unit boxes, or a combinations such as 10 first aid items in 2 units refill boxes and 6 first aid items in 1 unit refill boxes, so the total fills the 36 "units" of empty space.
But wait - there's More! Read more about ANSI First Aid Requirements and Standards.
We would like to let you know about the new American National Standard- Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies, ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015, which revises 2014 and 2009 publications.
The assortment and quantity of supplies included in a first aid kit were chosen based upon a review of increased workplace incidents requiring first aid treatment, similar international standards, and current practices in treating injuries. This revision introduces two classes of first aid kits: Class A kits with contents designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries, and Class B kits with a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments. By expanding the items in a basic first aid kit, employees will have greater access to items needed to treat common workplace injuries. Many of the first aid supplies previously identified as being recommendations in the 2009 standard are now required for both newly-designated kit types.
A guide to OSHA Regulations for First Aid Kits
OSHA (U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation. OSHA regulations regarding first aid kits are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations under section 29 CFR 1910.151 and in Appendix A. OSHA does not provide specifications for first aid kit contents per se but defines mandatory requirements for availability of kits on worksites. In Appendix A of the OSHA guidelines, ANSI is referenced as the originator of first aid kit specifications and minimum contents requirements (see ANSI requirements in more detail below).
The 2015 ANSI revision introduces two classes of first aid kits
Class A kits with contents 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 high-risk environments.
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Required Contents
In order to be ANSI compliant, First Aid Kits must contain the following components
Please Note: The information contained in this publication is intended for general information purposes only. This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the cited regulation(s) or consult with a qualified consultant or an attorney.
Comparing ANSI 2015 to ANSI 2009
Classes of First Aid Kits and Required Supplies