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More than 2.7 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2020.
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First Aid Worker Protections

All working environments should provide employees with first aid products, cabinets or kits to help quickly respond to a workplace injury or illness. Supplies in an ANSI-approved occupational first aid kit contain a variety of products depending on the working environment, including bandages, burn care, antiseptics, emergency eye care, and tablets for pain, illness, and comfort. These supplies can help treat anything from a cut finger, to a minor burn, a headache or cold, and even a significant bleed.

Employers pay nearly $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs.

It is essential that workplaces, no matter the size of staff or number of employees, provide access to first aid supplies in the event of injury or illness. (1910.151(b))

Compliance

Employers should check their first aid cabinets against the latest edition of the standard and make the necessary changes. In determining which class of kit is more appropriate for a given workplace, employers should conduct a workplace hazard assessment to first decide if a Class A or Class B minimum fill best fits the type of hazards at the facility.

Maintenance

First aid kits should be inspected at least monthly or following a first aid incident when the product is used. Cabinet surfaces should be disinfected regularly.

American National Standard

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2021 is the voluntary industry consensus standard that establishes minimum performance requirements for first aid kits and their supplies that are intended for use in various work environments. 

Resources

Just the Facts: ANSI/ISEA Z308.1 – 2021 

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