Workplace First Aid Kits: Out with the Old, In with the New

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2021 American National Standard for Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies is now available.

This new standard takes effect October 15, 2022.

Order and download a copy of this standard below.

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What's New?

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 during treatment of a workplace injury or illness.

More specifically 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, identifying potential hazards, and selecting additional first aid supplies relevant to a particular application or work environment.

What's the Impact?

What Experts Are Saying...

“Employers should begin to check their first aid cabinets against the new standard, and make the necessary changes. Each work environment is unique, and therefore making additions to the minimum requirements of any first aid kit should take place based on the hazards and injuries that could occur at that specific worksite. Conducting a thorough workplace hazard assessment will help employer’s determine which supplies to augment.”

Todd VanHouten, Director of Product Development & Innovation at Cintas First Aid & Safety, and Chair of the ISEA First Aid Product Group Tweet

ISEA First Aid Kit Campaign Partners

Acme United
Aero Healthcare
American Red Cross
Certified Safety Manufacturing
Cintas Corporation

Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions
Medique
National Safety Council
Safeguard Medical/Water-Jel

About ISEA

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is the trade association in the U.S. for personal protective equipment and technologies.

  • Broad Scope: ISEA’s member companies are world leaders in the design, manufacture, testing, and distribution of protective clothing and equipment used in factories, construction sites, hospitals and clinics, farms, schools, laboratories, emergency response, and in the home.
  • Proud History: Since 1933, ISEA has set the standard for the personal protective equipment industry, supporting member companies united in the goal of protecting the health and safety of people worldwide.

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