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ANSI Z308.1-2015 Compliance

ANSI Z308.1-2015 Effective June, 2016

We’ve received a lot of questions about the new ANSI standard for workplace first aid kits and although we’ve been blogging about this since last year we thought we should get the facts out once again.

This new standard (ANSI or American National Standards Institute Z308.1-2015) sets out two new classifications of first aid kits for the workplace; Class A and Class B; you can see the minimum requirements for both kit types in the table below.  We offer all of the items in this list for sale at our website and complete upgrade kits for Class A and Class B kits.

This new standard is important because it is the standard that OSHA refers to as the minimum requirement for a workplace first aid kit.

To make it easy for you to meet the ANSI first aid kit content requirements, the line items in this table are linked to the actual items on our website for easy purchase.

Table 1. Classes of First Aid Kits and Required Supplies
First Aid Supply Minimum Quantity Minimum Size or Volume
  Class A Kits Class B Kits (US) (metric)
Adhesive Bandage 16 50 1 x 3 in. 2.5 x 7.5 cm
Adhesive Tape 1 2 2.5 yd (total) 2.3 m
Antibiotic Application 10 25 1/57 oz 0.5 g
Antiseptic 10 50 1/57 oz 0.5 g
Breathing Barrier 1 1    
Burn Dressing (gel soaked) 1 2 4 x 4 in. 10 x 10 cm
Burn Treatment 10 25 1/32 oz 0.9 g
Cold Pack 1 2 4 x 5 in. 10 x 12.5 cm
Eye Covering, with means of attachment 2 2 2.9 sq. in 19 sq. cm
Eye/Skin Wash        
  1 fl oz total     29.6 ml
    4 fl. oz total   118.3 ml
First Aid Guide 1 1 N/A N/A
Hand Sanitizer 6 10 1/32 oz 0.9 g
Medical Exam Gloves 2 pair 4 pair N/A N/A
Roller Bandage        
2 inch
4 inch
1
0
2
1
2in. x 4yd
4 in. x 4yd
5cm x 3.66m
10cm x 3.66m
Scissors 0 1 N/A N/A
Splint 0 1 4.0 x 24 in. 10.2 x 61 cm
Sterile pad 2 4 3 x 3in. 7.5 x 7.5 cm
Tourniquet 0 1 1 in. (width) 2.5 cm (width)
Trauma pad 2 4 5 x 9 in. 12.7 x 22.9 cm
Triangular Bandage 1 2 40 x 40 x 56 in. 101 x 101 x 142 cm

 

In a separate blog posts and several newsletters we addressed the new kit classifications. Here’s what the new standard says; "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."

The standard is mute on what constitutes a more complex or high-risk environment that would require a Class B kit. We recommend that you don’t go there unless your workplace is extraordinarily dangerous and remote. Read more about this recommendation on our blog post on that topic.

In addition the new standard requires the kits to be labeled like the one's illustrated below.  We have reproduced them and offer them for sale as a standalone line item at our website.

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015, Class A Kit Label

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015, Class A, Type I, II, III or IV First Aid Kit
This kit meets the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 standard as sold. It contains first aid products which meet performance specifications detailed in the standard at the below required minimum fill. It will continue to be compliant only when maintained with products that meet the standard at specified quantities.
Required Minimum Fill Minimum Quantity
16 Adhesive Bandage 1 x 3 in. 1 Eye/Skin Wash 1 fl oz total
1 Adhesive Tape 2.5 yd (total) 1 First Aid Guide
10 Antibiotic Application 1/57 oz 6 Hand Sanitizer 1/32 oz
10 Antiseptic 1/57 oz 2 pr Medical Exam Gloves
1 Breathing Barrier 1 Roller Bandage 2 in. x 4 yd
1 Burn Dressing (gel soaked) 4 x 4 in. 1 Scissors
10 Burn Treatment 1/32 oz 2 Sterile pad 3 x 3 in.
1 Cold Pack 4 x 5 in. 2 Trauma pad 5 x 9 in.
2 Eye Covering w/ means of attachment 2.9 sq. in. 1 Triangular Bandage 40 x 40 x 56 in.
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. Kits should be inspected frequently to ensure the completeness and usability of all first aid supplies. Any supply beyond its marked expiration date should be discarded and replaced. For a variety of operations, employers may find that additional first aid supplies and kits are needed.

 

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015, Class B Kit Label

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015, Class B, Type I, II, Ill or IV First Aid Kit
This kit meets the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 standard as sold. It contains first aid products which meet performance specifications detailed in the standard at the below required minimum fill. It will continue to be compliant only when maintained with products that meet the standard at specified quantities.
Required Minimum Fill Minimum Quantity
50 Adhesive Bandage 1 x 3 in. 1 First Aid Guide
2 Adhesive Tape 2.5 yd (total) 10 Hand Sanitizer 1/32 oz
25 Antibiotic Application 1/57 oz 4 pr Medical Exam Gloves
50 Antiseptic 1/57 oz 2 Roller Bandage 2 in. x 4 yd
1 Breathing Barrier 1 Roller Bandage 4 in. x 4 yd
2 Burn Dressing (gel soaked) 4 x 4 in. 1 Scissors
25 Burn Treatment)/32 oz. 1 Splint
2 Cold Pack 4 x 5 in. 4 Sterile pad 3 x 3 in.
2 Eye Covering w/ means of attachment 2.9 sq. in. 1 Tourniquet
1 Eye/Skin Wash 4 fl. oz. total 4 Trauma pad 5 x 9 in.
  2 Triangular Bandage 40 x 40 x 56 in.
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. Kits should be inspected frequently to ensure the completeness and usability of all first aid supplies. Any supply beyond its marked expiration date should be discarded and replaced. For a variety of operations, employers may find that additional first aid supplies and kits are needed.

 

First aid kit types did not change in the new standard and we reproduce the table here for your convenience.  Type I kits being the most common would be used indoors and be wall mountable.  Type II kits are portable for indoor use most commonly as first responder kits.  Type III kits are either portable or wall mountable for indoor or outdoor use and must be water resistant.  These kits would be kits mounted or stored in remote locations where they might be exposed to the effects of weather. Type IV kits covers all kit types that need to be waterproof indoors or outdoors.  This would include marine applications, permanent outside locations a vehicles.

Table 2. Characteristics of Types First Aid Kits
Type Use Portable Mountable Water Resistant Waterproof Performance
I Indoor   X      
II Indoor X        
III Indoor/Outdoor X X X    
IV Indoor/Outdoor X X   X Section 5.2.5
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