Does Your First Aid Kit meet the New ANSI Standards?
First of all, who Is ANSI ??
Q: What is ANSI?
A: ANSI stands for the “American National Standards Institute”, and has served as coordinator of the US private sector, voluntary standardization system, for more than 90 years.
Our mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of US business and the US quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. Through its members, staff, constituents, partners and advocates, ANSI responds directly to the standardization and conformity assessment interests and needs of consumers, government, companies and organizations.
Q: What does ANSI do?
A: ANSI coordinates the US voluntary consensus standards system, providing a neutral forum for the development of policies on standards issues and serves as a watchdog for standards development and conformity assessment programs and processes.
The federation also accredits qualified organizations, whose standards development process meets all of ANSI’s requirements, to develop American National Standards. However, ANSI itself does not develop standards. In addition, ANSI represents US interests in regional and international standardization activities while overseeing conformity assessment activities that promote the global acceptance of US products, services, systems and personnel.
Under the new ANSI standard, there are two types of First aid kits; Class A kits, and Class B kits. Who uses which Class Kit?
A Class “A” Kit would be your basic first aid kit for everyday common injuries in a work place
- 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.
A Class “B” Kit is generally for a high risk work place or a hazardous area. Class “B” kits also cater to larger groups of people
- 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.
Not everyone will need to meet the new standards. If you are working in an accident prone environment, your organization will more than likely need these updated kits. OSHA inspectors are sure to check up on these locations. Feel free to contact a SEVA Technical Services representative for more help. Let’s be sure that you are well equipped and ready to pass your inspection!