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October 20, 2015
More evidence that ANIS Z308.1-2015 is
Having weighed in on this new “safety” standard in an earlier blog post I am now comfortable weighing in with some new observations that you might find interesting.
ANSI Z308.1-2015 has created two classes of first aid kits. The Class A kit for the more common workplaces and the Class B where the situation may be a little more “complex” or “high-risk.” We examined those two types of kits in detail and came to the conclusion that there was very little difference between the two classes. The class B called for slightly larger quantities of products but the main difference between the two classes was that the class B kits required a splint and a tourniquet.
Let’s take them one at a time, the splint first. A class B kit means that you need to be prepared to splint a broken bone. So assuming you have someone on your team who is capable of that and you had the splint wouldn’t you just call 911? A vast majority of us would you bet but I acknowledge that there are work environments where emergency medical services are not available. So I think here we have the answer to who needs a Class B kit. Anyone who works in a remote, isolated workplace without emergency services would need a Class B kit.
The second item the tourniquet implies that you are working in an environment that is so hazardous that you need to keep a tourniquet in the first aid kit. (To stop life threatening arterial bleeding) Put that together with the splint and you can now add dangerous to remote and isolated without emergency services. This really narrows the field a bit doesn’t it?
The new ANSI standard says nothing of substance about who would be required to purchase which type of kit, they just kind of left it vague which is kind of leaving the door open where just about anything can and will come through that door.
This is a problem that is only made more difficult when you look at the standard itself as it pertains to these two items, again the splint first. The standard says, “6.17 Splint Each splint shall be padded, made of malleable material and shall be at least 4.0 inches X 24 inches. (As a side note this description comes very close to describing the famous Sam Splint which is both malleable and padded. (and radiolucent) and comes in two sizes 4-1/2” X 18” and 4-1/2” X 36”). So this standard essentially disqualifies the famous and popular Sam Splint. Why would they do that?????? The answer is that there is a splint out there that meets that description and would you believe it, it’s a Sam Splint knock off? I can see that coming through the door.
For the tourniquet the standard has this, “ 6.19 Tourniquet Each tourniquet shall be at least 1 inch wide.” That’s it; they had a lot more to say about the splint which struck me as kind of strange. If I am working in a remote, isolated dangerous place without emergency services I want a much more robust tourniquet. Wait a minute, this is the 21st Century and there are some terrific 21st Century Stop bleeding products out there that I’d much prefer to a lousy 1 inch tourniquet. Need I point out that the tourniquet is old technology? Really old? Come on people; if you are working in an isolated, remote and dangerous work environment wouldn’t you really rather have a first aid kit filled with 21st century lifesaving products? Of course you would and I am willing to bet that if you do your employer has gone far beyond what is required in ANSI Z308.1-2015 to provide you with those first aid essentials. In the event your work for a firm that doesn’t understand this, then you might want to bring your own kit with you or move to a safer work place.
The moral of the story is that there will always be regulations, don’t look for them to make sense. More importantly don’t let them trump common sense for which there is no substitute.
Common sense says that a Class A kit is adequate for most workplaces. In the event that you do find yourself in that category that is isolated remote and without emergency medical services then you need more that a Class B kit can deliver. It’s just common sense.
October 08, 2015
In a post earlier this year we posted ANSI's Z308.1-2014 Table 1. Illustrating the two classes of first aid kits that are required. As of June 2015 ANSI Z308.1-2015 revised the earlier standard that never actually went in to effect. Here is the current illustration for your review. There were a couple of minor size changes but the list remains essentially unchanged.
We did want to bring to your attention what we see as the only difference between the two classes of first aid kits. We don't think it's a big deal but we also know that there are many others out there that are going to try and make this a very big deal. So have the facts on your side, here they are. Highlighted below are the two reasons that this new standard won't apply to the vast majority of workplaces.
ANSI Z308.1-2015 5.1.1 "Class A first Aid kits are intended to provide a basic range of products to deal with most common types of injuries encountered in the workplace including; major wounds, minor wounds (cuts and abrasions), minor burns and eye injuries.
ANSI Z308.1-2015 5.5.2 “Class B kits are intended to provide broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries encountered in more populated, complex and/or high risk workplace environments."
We believe that this standard is so vague that just about anybody could opt out of the Class B kits. The reason we believe it is because the main difference between the classes is that the Class B kit is required to have a splint and a tourniquet. That's it. So unless you are logging on some remote mountain top in an isolated area without emergency services or performing extremely dangerous duties then you will probably get by fine with the Class A kit.
Please indulge a little editorializing on my part. If you do work in one of those aforementioned work places then you really, really need something more than this standard implies.
As you know from previous emails and blog posts that Hemostasis, LLC
Makers of BleedArrest® products have discontinued their entire line of stop bleeding products. This left us with a real problem as we had included BleedArrest in many of our first aid kits. We believe that a 21st Century first aid kit would not be complete without a21st Century stop bleeding product.
So today we announce that going forward we will be putting Wound Seal® stop bleeding product in our kits as a replacement for BleedArrest.
I need to add here that we didn’t just settle for Wound Seal® we selected a stop bleeding product that would enhance the value of the first aid kits that we sell. BleedArrest did a darn good job of stopping the bleeding but Wound Seal takes it a big step farther. According to Nick Wright, Sales Director at Bio Life, makers of Wound Seal® products, “Wound Seal doesn’t just stop the bleeding, it seals the wound. That means that no further bandaging is required.” Nick goes on to say, “At this point Wound Seal® moves beyond stopping the bleeding and moves in to wound management.” He explains, “Wound Seal® stops the bleeding and seals the wound by making a scab like cover over the wound.” This covering protects the wound from infection and stays on like a natural scab so that you can get back to the productive work you were doing before you got hurt. Oh and you can shower tonight too without worrying about contaminating a bandage you aren’t wearing. Pretty neat huh?
As the wound heals, the protective covering will come off by itself just as in the natural healing process.
Because much of our focus has been on workplace first aid kits and supplies we believe that Wound Seal® is an excellent choice for that environment; an excellent choice because you can protect your employees and keep them productive at the same time.
Having said that we also highly recommend Wound Seal® products for your fist aid kit at home and at play.
Look for Wound Seal in all of our industrial kits, many of our first responders and on our website in the Stop Bleeding Category as well.
August 12, 2015 Seattle based First Aid Supplies Online was awarded a national contract for medical supplies by the Allied States Purchasing Co-op located in El Paso Texas. Contract number 15-7134 was issued for a period of one year with the renewal possibility of four more years. ASC also known as ESC-Region 19 Purchasing is a national governmental purchasing cooperative that competitively bids and awards contracts to local, regional and national vendors in compliance with local, state and federal procurement regulations. The ESC- Region 19 (ASC) purchasing contracts are available to public schools, private schools, charter schools, community colleges, universities, cities, counties, other governmental agencies and non-profits. ASC charges no fees to members and allows them to deal directly with the vendor who has been evaluated and verified to provide quality products or services in compliance with bidding requirements. First Aid Supplies Online is an established online supplier of quality first aid kits, supplies, AEDs and emergency equipment since 1999! With a focus on B2B FASO is a natural vendor for governmental agencies of all types and has many years of experience dealing with the first aid needs of many different types of organizations.
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So why are we focusing on burns in June, when you can get burned just about any time? Well we needed a focus for the month and June is the beginning of summer and all of the beaches, waterparks and outdoor venues of all kinds open about now.
Being outdoors means being subject to sun burn and yes there is first aid for sunburns. Very much like first aid for any minor burn because that’s what sun burn is, a minor burn. Of course there are times when sun burns can be serious 2nd degree burns complete with blisters and oozing. Like any other burn time is the key to effective treatment.
Treating burns as soon as possible is very important because the first thing you want to do is to stop the “burn progression” so the burn doesn’t continue to worsen and this is an important point. Your sunburn doesn’t stop burning because you move in to the shade any more than a burn from contact with a hot object stop when you pull your hand back a yell ouch! The pain and the damage a burn can do will continue after you get away from the heat source so the sooner you treat it the better. Those of you who have ever tried to do a medium rare roast beef know you take the roast out of the oven when the temperature is 160 degrees because it’s going to continue to cook after you remove it from the oven and that beautiful medium rare can go quickly to medium.
The best way to treat a burn is to cool the burn. If it’s a minor burn the best way to accomplish this is to apply large amounts of cold water. If you are at home or somewhere where you have access to cold water get the burn in there and keep it there while it cools. This can take time but is very effective. That doesn’t mean to get back in the pool either.
If you are going to be somewhere where water is not easily accessible then we highly recommend that you take some hydrogel burn products with you wherever you go this summer where there are the potential for burns of any kind. That is the real beauty of hydro gels is that they are effective on any size, type or degree of burn. You can put hydro gels directly on to a burn and it will do the work the cold water does and act as a heat transfer literally pulling the heat out of the burn. So whether it’s sun that burns you or the camp stove you’ll be well prepared with a hydro gel.
Our go to hydrogel is Cool Blaze. Cool Blaze is a leader in the hydro gel industry and features a clear hydro gel with soothing aloe. Other hydro gels are usually opaque, white and have a strong odor so we believe your go to hydro gel should be Cool Blaze too. Cool Blaze features a complete line of burn gels and sterile burn dressings of various sizes.
Every year about this time we start hearing from sports teams, outdoor recreation facilities, camps, YMCA’s, State and National Parks and many municipal parks and recreations departments as they ramp up for another busy season. They are all looking to save money on the quality first aid supplies they know they are going to need for the upcoming season.
We have had the privilege to supply many hundreds, if not thousands of these types or organizations over the last 15 years or so and we’ve learned a great deal from them and wanted to pass along a few tidbits that you can use for your family or organization this spring.
The first tip is to sign up for our opt in email list as we send out special promotional offers on a regular basis. These promotional offers almost always include discount Ecoupons and often come with a free gift. The savings realized here could save you 10-25% or more when you take into consideration our free freight policy. (Orders $50.00 or more ship freight free.)
Our second tip is to buy in bulk when you can. We discovered long ago that you can stretch your dollars when you buy in bulk. A great example of this is our instant ice packs which are very popular this time of year. We offer those in two popular sizes and start with cases of 25, 50 and yes 125!
.The next tip is bugs. You know they are going to join you on the field. So we have insect sting products in our “Critters Bites and Stings” category and some of which you can buy in bulk and save.
The last tip to share today is to plan ahead. You don’t want to have to start you season without your first aid supplies. Once you get you wish list together make sure you get your orders placed in a timely fashion as it takes time to process the orders usually 24-48 hours. Depending upon what part of the country you are in it could take an additional 5 business days to get your order delivered to your location.
April is first aid kit refill month at First Aid Supplies Online so this is probably a good time to explore what constitutes and quality first aid kit refill Although best first aid practices are universal it is usually approached from slightly different perspectives.
Workplace first aid should consider not only best practices but OSHA regulations and ANSI standards as well. For the record, we recommend that you don’t be limited by these governmental standards even if you are refilling a workplace first aid kit. Those government regulations establish what they call the “minimum requirement for a workplace first aid kit.” We covered those requirements in previous blog posts and you can read them here:
Suffice it to say that all of our industrial first aid refill kits are stocked to meet or exceed these requirements and address standard first aid best practices. We like to refer all of our business customers to our do it yourself interactive order form and first aid inventory worksheet.
Having that distinction in mind here are the basics from the ground up. For clarity what we are discussing in this article is first aid, which is the assistance you render to any person who is suffering a sudden illness or injury. The focus of this assistance would be to sustain the life, prevent the condition from worsening, comfort and assist until medical attention can be obtained.
Although the definition is short, the reality can be overwhelming or exceedingly simple. So we recommend being prepared for the worst and then bulk up on the stuff you are going to use on a day to day basis like adhesive bandages, antiseptics, instant cold packs, burn gel, and assorted gauze compresses, tapes and wraps.
Make sure you have one or more Blood Blocker™ compresses for serious bleeding. There are also are some exciting new products to help control bleeding which we recommend you look in to stop bleeding products subcategory.
Once you are confident that you have the bleeding control adequately addressed then you should consider CPR next. A good quality CPR Resuscitator is recommended but you could get by with a basic CPR Shield too depending upon budget and size constraints.
Whether or not you have been trained in CPR and first aid you should have on hand one good basic first aid guide to help you through a situation you are not familiar with.
We’ve already mentioned the consumable tapes, wraps and gauze which you can mix and match to your particular requirements so let’s move on to burns.
Most first aid guides will tell you to flush minor burns in cold water and I can speak from experience when I tell you that this is a very effective treatment for the minor burn. The problem with this treatment is that there isn’t always a cold water source around. That’s why we recommend you put some hydrogel burn products in all of your first aid kits. Hydrogels were invented back in the 1980’s and they have revolutionized first aid burn treatment.
One other consideration would be a rescue blanket to keep the in juried warm. This will come in very handy if you are treating this person for shock.
Once a year we feature all of our first aid kit refills on sale at very attractive pricing. These refill kits have been discounted 10% and when you combine that discount with one of our promotional e-coupons you could save as much as 25%.
That’s pretty exciting when you think that our refill kits contain everything you need to bring your first aid kit back to like new condition. In addition to renewing your kit with fresh first aid products you also get OSHA and ANSI Z308.1-2009 compliance because we refill to meet or exceed those standards every time.
We have a great selection with concise descriptions including dimensions and lots of big color pictures so you can see clearly what’s in the refill kit, how it’s packaged and what kind of box or cabinet it fits. So ordering the right refill kit is easy and now way affordable to boot.
You can find a refill for just about any commercial first aid kit including restaurant kits, vehicle kits, office kits, portable kits and the wall mounted industrial first aid cabinets as well.
We’ve been building our own refill kits for more than a decade now and we’ve gotten really good at it which means your order will be filled with care and shipped to you in pristine condition. The other really terrific thing about our refills is that we build them here in our own warehouse so you will always receive the freshest products with the longest expiration dates to maximize their value of your purchase. Like the rest of our quality line of first aid products we stand behind them with our 100% satisfaction guarantee!
So if you’ve got an empty first aid cabinet that need a serious make-over April is your month to do it and save lots of money too.
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