Are your first aid kits in compliance with Z308.1-2009? That’s the not so new ANSI standard that OSHA refers to as the standard for the “minimum requirement for a workplace first aid kit.”
If your first aid supplier is still talking about Z308.1-2003 then they have missed the boat and you are not in compliance with the new standard.
Your arrest and imprisonment is not imminent, but you really should have a look at the new standard and start thinking about implementation. The good news is that it isn’t really that hard if your first aid supplier is ready to the changes. The big change is that the ten line items that are required now also have to be properly labeled.
The 1980’s brought us the First Generation of Hydro-Gels for burns with a Tea-tree oil and water based gel. The 1990’s brought us the Second Generation of Hydro-Gels with the advancement of Open-Cell Foam dressings which became the wound care dressing of choice for the medical market worldwide.
Now, in 2011, the Third Generation of Hydro-Gels is brought to you by Cool Blaze Products with Aloe Vera! Cool Blaze has completely re-worked the Gel formula keeping the 95% water base and wetting agents that have proven effective burn relief while adding viscosity which helps keep the gel on the wound. A clear, see-through Gel allows for constant wound assessment even while applying the gel. A completely odorless gel allows for a comforting treatment even while applying to the face of the victim. We have eliminated the Tea-Tree Oil (which is now classified as a drug by the U.S. FDA and the Australian FDA) and added the natural plant extract Aloe Vera Gel. Aloe Vera has been used worldwide for over 2,000 years on burns and open wounds and contains many vitamins and minerals required for healthy skin regeneration.
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First Aid Supplies on line has responded this spring with a great selection for first aid kits that meet or exceed the new ANSI Z308.1-2009 standard. This ANSI standard is the standard that OSHA refers to as “the minimum requirement for a workplace first aid kit.”
In earlier posts we covered the new standard and you can refer to it if you need to refresh your memory. Z308.1-2009
The purposed of this post is to help you select the most appropriate ANSI first aid kit for your situation. Keep in mind that all of the wall mountable, industrial first aid kits offered at First Aid Supplies Online all meet or exceed the new ANSI Standard .
We want to address here the smaller kits for other types of applications.
We offer three small complete kits and an ANSI refill kit in the event that you already have first aid kit boxes and just want to reload these existing kits with the right stuff.
In that case you want the .34ANSI. This is a refill that provides all ten of the required items that you can put into a container of your choice. (outdoor application require a rust and water resistant box) or plastic.
If you want an ANSI kit in a rugged steel container then you want the 3510ANSI
This kit provides the ten required items in a rugged, steel ten unit first aid kit box.
This kit would make a great vehicle or small job box kit.
If you are just looking to make your first aid dollars go as far as they can then you want the 3416ANSI which provides the ten required items in an economy plastic 16 unit kit box. Currently on sale for just $13.95
If you are looking to maximize your value then you want the 3416PANSI our ANSI First Aid Kit Deluxe. This kit provides the ten required items listed in the ANSI standard as well as the ten suggested items. When you look at all you get in this kit you realize what a tremendous value this kit is. Whichever way you go, your on your way to OSHA First Aid Kit Compliance.
If you have questions about your specific operation don’t hesitate to give us a call 8-5 PDT M-5. Were here to help.
Just in time for the spring sports season First Aid Supplies Online is proud to present our brand new Sports First Aid Kit.
We’ve had so many requests for an expanded sports first aid kit line that we just had to respond. Over the years there have been a lot of first aid kits sold as “sports first aid kits.” We just thought that first aid kit for team sports needed more than just a picture of a soccer player on it. It ought to have the first aid items needed on the field.
So we’ve designed our team sports first aid kit with those types of injuries in mind.
This kit is packed with what you’d expect to find in a well stocked kit of this type.
Starting with six of the large instant ice packs as bumps and sprains are common injuries in need of treatment. The first aid kit also features a good selection of quality adhesive bandages as well as sterile gauze and tape for those injuries that defy a regular band-aid.
The other great advantage that this kit offers is that it is made out of water resistant bright red nylon so it is highly visible and will keep your supplies dry even if you play in the rain.
The soft red nylon bag unzips like a small first responder kit so that you can access the entire contents easily and there are two clear plastic dividers to help with visibility.
Priced at just $60.95 this is a kit that is also affordable. Check out our family of sports first aid kits!
I’ve been aksed many times, what’s the best all around first aid kit you sell for under $10.00. My answer is always the same. The best all around first aid kit for under $10.00 is our Handy Kit Junior which sells online currently for just $8.95
The Handy Kit Junior is compact, just 4-5/8″ x 1-1/16″ x 2-3/4″ overall so it can fit inot a lot of tight places which makes this first aid kit highly portable.
Inside this compact kit your’ll find plenty of the basics to help you care for those bumps, scrapes and minor burns.
We liked this little kit so much that we put our Logo on it and use it as a promotional give away. Get your Handy Kit Jr. Here!
At First Aid Supplies Online we get lots of calls from customers who want to know what first aid supplies to put in their first aid kits. We get first aid kit questions from all over America from individuals, institutions and businesses of wide variety.
One of the most common questions that comes up is alcohol wipes versus antiseptic wipes. There are a lot of people out there that think that you should clean a cut or scrape with an alcohol wipe. Wrong.
Never, ever, ever use alcohol on a bleeding wound.
Because an antiseptic wipe with BZK (Benzakonium Chloride) does a better job of killing the germs without damaging the wound or causing pain.
Those of you old enough to remember Merthiolate or Mercurochrome know that you don’t see these two items around anymore. You might also remember that both of these handy items that Mom used on your scraped knees stung like heck. That’s because both of these remedies contained large amounts of, you guessed it alcohol.
Mercurochrome got banned finally because it contained Mercury too!
So when you see the alcohol wipes in your first aid kit use them to clean things. Like tweezers or scissors.
Use the antiseptic wipes to clean your bloody wound
Get antiseptic wipe for your first aid kit at our website. BZK
Very quietly and without fanfare ANSI, that’s the American National Standards Institute revised the standard relating to first aid in the workplace. ANSI Z308.1-2003 has been replaced by ANSI Z308.1-2009.
Although there isn’t a lot new here there are a couple of wrinkles that need our attention.
The old standard listed eight items that were required as minimum requirement for workplace first aid.
The new standard adds two items bringing the required item total to ten. There are also now ten items listed as Recommended Supplies. The new standard also calls for the kits to be labeled with specific wordage.
In addition to the label, the standard is going to require manufacturers to label individual first aid products that are used to meet this new standard.
The other notable change is that latex is to be eliminated from first aid altogether. This standard is good for Type l, ll, lll or lV kits.
The new required items are:
(1) First Aid Guide, (1) Absorbent Compress 4″ X 8″, (16) 1″ X 3″ Adhesive Bandages, (1) Adhesive Tape 2.5 yards, (10) Antiseptic Treatment Applications 0.9 Gram each, (6) Burn Treatment Applications 0.9 Gram each, (4) 3″ X 3″ Sterile Gauze Pads, (2) Pair Medical Exam Gloves, (1) Triangular Bandage 40″ X 40″ X 56″ min., (8) Antibiotic Ointment Treatment Applications 0.5 Gram each.
The recommended items are:
Analgesic (Oral), Bandage Compress 2″ X 35In. min., Breathing Barrier, single use, Burn Dressing 12 square inches, Cold Pack 4″ X 5″ min., Eye Covering 1/4″ thick min., Eye/Face Wash Sterile 4 oz. min., Roller Bandage 2″ X 4 yards, Hand Sanitizer, 0.9 Gram min.
The label should read as follows:
Caution! This kit meets ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2009 only when required minimum fill is maintained with first aid products marked “ANSI/ISEA Z308.
The described kit may be suitable for some businesses. However, the adequacy of the contents for hazards of each work environment should always be evaluated by competent personnel. For a variety of operations, employers may find that additional first aid supplies and kits are needed. Check out our great selection of kits that meet this new standard.
Time is the critical factor:
Several studies documents the effects of time to defibrillation and the effects of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on survival from SCA. For every minute that passes between collapse and defibrillation, survival rates from witnessed VF SCA decrease 7 to 10 percent if no CPR is provided.
VF rarely converts spontaneously. It’s ultimately a defibrillator that saves lives. Make sure you have one on hand when it’s needed. Once you decide to acquire an AED you owe it to yourself and your organization to look at the Powerheart G3 Plus. Buy your Powerheat AED here
Why Powerheart AEDs by Cardiac Science?
Cardiac Science Powerheart AEDs lead the industry in the product quality and innovation. Powerheart AEDs have been designed with the single objective of maximizing the chance of a successful outcome (life saved!) if the AED needs to be deployed. Here’s how we do that: Reliability Powerheart AEDs incorporate the highest level of automated self-testing available in AEDs today, assuring first-time, every time functionality. Here’s how: Daily Automated Sefl-tests – Verify both the presence and the function of the battery, the internal circuitry and software, and the electrode pads themselves. WeeklyAutomated Self-tests -Verify the capacitors at partial energy level. Monthly Automated Self-tests- Verify the capacitors at full energy level.
Why is this important? The time to identify a problem with an AED is not when you’re about to perform a rescue. At that point it’s too late. The elimination of the need for people to manually perform validation and testing eliminates the potential for human error and the possibility of increased risk of liability. Ease of Use This is a very subjective discussion, but one should use intuition and common sense in evaluating ease of use. The goal of Cardiac Science has bee to minimize the number of operations required of the user and maximize the effectiveness of of the audio and visual prompts therefore, minimizing the opportunity for human error that can abort or delay the deployment. Here are those features: Pre-connected, Non-polarized Electrodes eliminates the need to connect the pads and determine which pad goes where. No-button Operation Our Powerheart AED G3 Automatic does not require the user to press a button to operate the unit. With our G3 Semi-automatic, there is just one button to press to deliver the shock. The AED is turned on simply by opening the lid. Integrated Text Display Provides a visual back-up of all audio prompts. If the user can’t hear the AED, which is often the case, they can read the prompts on the text display, which also provides a read out of the # of shocks released and elapsed time. Advanced Audio Prompts Our trademark Rescue Coach Technology, available in the Powerheart G3 Plus, provides advanced audio prompts to guide the user through the deplyoment of the AED. When the AED enters CPR mode, it will prompt the user on how to properly administer CPR by instructing where and how to place hands, what depth to compress the chest to, and it incorporates a metronome that aids with timing and number of compressions and breaths. Extensive human factor studies have gone into the design of this system. Technology Defibrillating a heart is not as simple as attaching a couple electrodes and delivering a shock. AEDs vary greatly in their ability to accurately detect and recognize a wide variety of arrhythmias and how they resond to those arrhythmias. AEDs also vary greatly in how they administer therapy. Cardiac Science has incorporated the most advanced technology available in AEDs today in order to successfully respond to the widest range of cases and to adapt to the vastly different physiologies of SCA victims. Here is one of the most important differences that set Powerheart AEDs apart. Variable Escalating Energy Unlike AEDs that eigher deliver fixed energy 1t 150 joules (always the same level for every individual for every shock) or fixed, escalating energy ( always the same level for every individual, but escalates for subsequent shocks), Powerheart AEDs incorporate variable excalating energy. With this technology, which his only available in Powerheart AEDs, the patient’s level of impedance, resulting from muscle tissue, fate tissue water retention, etc., is identified, then a customized shock is delivered based on their level of impedance. The level of energy then escalates for subsequent shocks. This technology ensures that even hard-to-defibrillate patients receive the best chane for a successful outcome, while minimizing the damage to tissue that can result from excess energy. The overall energy range is 105 joules to 360 joules.
BleedArrest(TM) from Hemostasis LLC, is the new kid on the block in the exciting new area of stop bleeding products. We are thrilled to introduce our readers and customers to this cutting edge line of products.
BleedArrest(TM) brings some convincing advantages to the stop bleeding product line up.
First off we were delighted to find a replacement product for the Seal-On Nasal Sponges which are no longer manufactured here in the United States. The Seal-On product was a very popular item and we are confident that the BleedArrrest product will fill the void handily. Not only are the BleedArrest nasal sponges effective, at about half the price of the Seal-On product, they are cost competitive as well.
Currently we are offering the Nasal Sponges and the BleedArrest Combo Pack.
The Combo Pack comes with two of the Nasal Sponges and one of their multiple use 5 gram bellows. The bellows which you can have a look at here BleedArrest Bellows
The bellows is an innovative new delivery concept for a stop bleeding powder. This type of delivery system allows for accurate delivery and multiple use potential.
BleedArrest is made in the United States and is an all natural product safe for all ages, easy to use and physician recommended. BleedArrest stops the bleeding instantly without a burning or stinging sensation and is safe for patients that are on blood thinners.
So, what is BleedArrest? BleedArrest(TM) contains PolyFlex(TM) Natural Clotting PolymerNCP(TM) which is an advanced natrual biopolymer scientists have developed to be configurred into a flowable particle or advanced hemostatic spong to control sever external bleeding within seconds.
In everyday language the BleedArrest particles when applied to blood rapidly absorbs the water out of the blood so that coagulation can happen instantly. Simple and effective.
Get some for your first aid kit today!BleedArrest Watch the graphic video below to see just how effective BleedArrest really is. Be warned however that the video is very graphic. (Not recommended for the squeamish)
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