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Last month FASO did a press release announcing the creation of our new ANSI Z308.1-2015 compliance page. This page came into being while hearing from many of our commercial and institutional customers who were concerned about this new workplace safety standard. The new standard sets out “the minimum requirement for a workplace first aid kit.”We had done a number of informative blog posts on the topic going back to October of 2015 and thought that we’d done a pretty good job of getting the information out there. What we discovered however was that the information and its comprehension was only part of the equation and if you are looking for information this is an excellent resource.However as our customers pointed out to us on numerous occasions, “OK now I know what I need to get to bring my kits up to the new standard, but where do I get the stuff?”What they were experiencing was obvious looked at in retrospect. There are eighteen items required by this new ANSI standard for a Class A first aid kits and twenty-one for the Class B. Most of our customers already had some or most of the required first aid items. The problem was where to get the items they were missing and the required label that goes with it?The answer is on our new ANSI Compliance page where you will find all of the items required by the new standard and each product will be linked directly to the item on our website for easy purchase. All of the required first aid items for both kit classes are located within one table on the compliance page for your convenience including the required ANSI labels.So there you go everything you need to know about ANSI Z308.1-2015, the resources and products linked together in once convenient place.
In our earlier blog posts we focused on the two new classes of first aid kits that were created by this new standard and the items that were required. There are now eighteen required items in the Class A first aid kits and that number is up from ten since 2009 and twenty-one items for the Class B kits.
Happy Independence Day from First Aid Supplies Online! We hope that all our customers will have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. To celebrate the occasion, we are holding a special Independence Day Sale.
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Father’s day is coming up. Most people think about gifting shirts, ties, or books. We suggest that you can consider gifting a first aid kit to your dad. These are especially great if your dad pretty much has all the things he needs (I’m talking about shirts and ties).
Our exclusive range of first aid kits will ensure that you give a gift with real enduring value. Each kit is described on our website in detail. You can choose the kit in the size you require, and within your budget. We offer something for everyone.
Not to mention, it’s not like any other gift that you can buy at Costco or Walmart. If your dad has retired, then the first aid kit will be perfect because it will help him be prepared for any emergency. He will also appreciate your farsightedness.
If a kit is not what you’re looking or, then you can give some exclusive, individual products a shot. We sell products you will never find at Walgreens, like the Celox Stop Bleeding Powder, Cool Blaze Hydrogel Products, or American White Cross Waterproof Bandages. These are the latest innovations in first aid products, and cannot be found in many regular stores.
So check out our list of first aid items, choose a product, and show your dad your love and generosity. If you need information, or just some friendly advice, you can call us on 8-5 M-F PST 1-800-874-8767. We would be happy to help you buy the right product for your needs. On Father’s Day, you can use Coupon Code: FD2016, and save 20% on your total product purchase. You can find out more about our products at www.firstaidsuppliesonline.com.
Adhesive bandages are a must for every industrial first aid kit. From minor bruises to surface skin cuts, a variety of hygienic adhesive bandages will help in providing immediate first aid treatment. Below are four of our most popular adhesive bandages that are easily accessible in your first aid kit for quick wound emergencies often needed in an industrial environment.
Patch, Sheer Strips, Knuckle, and Fingertip Bandages: This variety of adhesive bandages can be used to protect and cover many simple wounds on all areas of the body including some tough to cover places on the hand. Available in different sizes, these bandages protect the fresh wound and promote the healing process.
Butterfly Closures: These closures are thin adhesive strips that are used to close up small wounds, allowing the minor cut to heal more quickly. Butterfly closures can also be used to support the healing of surgical sutures.
Waterproof Bandages: These bandages are ideal while working in a moist or aqueous environment or when skin is frequently exposed to water. Most waterproof bandages are lightweight, flexible and latex free.
Liquid Bandages: Versatile liquid bandages create a layer of protection both over the wound and the surrounding skin. The liquid bandage is used to form a barrier film that protects the wound from dirt and water. After application, the liquid bandage dries quickly and remains waterproof for three to five days. A must have in every industrial first aid kit, liquid bandages provide yet another option for simple wound care.
When needed for a quick emergency, a simple bandage can do more than just provide temporary protection. A bandage will reduce the possibility of contamination and infections and may prevent the wound from becoming a more serious issue. Before applying any bandage, make sure to thoroughly clean the wound with antiseptics and apply a cream or an ointment prior to applying the bandage to dry skin. Your industrial first aid kit is complete when it includes a wide variety of adhesive bandages.
As an established first aid kits and supplies ecommerce business, First Aid Supplies Online has been serving thousands of businesses and individuals across the United States since 1999. While the business has been successful since its inception, continual advancements in technology made the founders, Vicki Streit and Chris Westwood, realize that their website needed a whole new upgrade. This culminated in a brand new website – https://www.firstaidsuppliesonline.com.
The website is responsive and user-friendly featuring easy and quick navigation, as well as stress-free product purchases. Also, customers will have the opportunity to opt-in for special offers and discounts from the website.
Chris Westwood, Director of Sales and Marketing, says, “Our website has undergone a number of updates over the last seventeen years. This time, we decided to do an overhaul. The new website will allow our e-commerce business to achieve a strong position in today’s era of mainstream technology.”
Mr. Westwood also stated that the new website has been designed to be mobile friendly for customers. “We’ve strived to make our website clean, user friendly, and easy to navigate. The new website is secure, and has many new user friendly features, including new secure registration and data storage, as well as creation of wish lists and comparative search.” He added that the newly deployed website technology will help in marketing superior quality products to customers, while enhancing the user experience.
Vicki Streit, President of First Aid Supplies Online, commented, “We’ve really stepped up our game with this new website, and we believe that it demonstrates our commitment to simplifying the shopping process for our customers. We wanted the technology to match our unwavering dedication to complete customer satisfaction.”
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More evidence that ANSI 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 first aid 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.
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 a 21st 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.
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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