American National Standard – Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies

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This standard, a revision to the 2009 edition, was prepared by the members of ISEA’s Industrial First Aid Group, in conjunction with leading industry stakeholders and was reviewed by a consensus panel of users, health and safety professionals, test labs and government agencies. The 2015 revision corrects a minor measurement conversion error in the 2014 edition (previously released January 2015), with respect to the U.S. measurement for minimum application for antibiotic and antiseptic supplies.

The 2015 edition introduces two classes of first aid kits, based on the assortment and quantity of first aid supplies. Class A kits are designed to deal with most common workplace injuries, such as minor cuts, abrasions and sprains.  First aid kits designated as Class B include a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments.

First aid kits are also designated by Type (I, II, III or IV) depending on the work environment in which they are to be used.  For example, Type 1 identifies kits used indoors and permanently mounted to a wall or other structure; Type IV kits are suitable for outdoor use and must pass tests for corrosion, moisture and impact resistance.

Many of the first aid supplies previously identified as being recommendations in the 2009 standard are now required for both newly-designated kit types. In addition, scissors are to be included in both classes of kits and a splint and a tourniquet are both required for a Class B first aid kit.

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