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Workplace First Aid Kits Updates

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2021 American National Standard for Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies. This revision builds upon the initial objective to ensure that items needed to treat the most common types of injuries and sudden illnesses encountered in the workplace are readily accessible and available.

The effective date of this standard is October 15, 2022. The first aid kits in compliance with this standard shall contain the required supplies, and the supplies shall meet the applicable performance requirements.

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

  • A Foil Blanket is Now Mandatory: This was considered based on an assessment of similar international standards and in recognition of the multiple purposes that the item can serve, such as treating hypothermia, acting as a windbreaker, or being worn as an emergency waterproof wrap
  • More Specificity for Tourniquets: The standard helps to distinguish tourniquets from those types of bands used to draw blood, which are not as effective in preventing blood loss, as is intended
  • Greater Guidance on Bleeding Control Kits: 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 Hazard Assessment: Included in the updated standard is a more robust discussion to assist the employer in assessing risks

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