Why First Aid Kits?
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) requires employers to comply with hazard-specific safety and health standards and regulations as issued and enforced by either the Federal Occupational Safety or Health Administration (OSHA), or an OSHA-approved State Plan. In addition, employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm under Section 5(a)(1), the General Duty Clause of the Act. Employers can be cited for violating the General Duty Clause if there is a recognized hazard and they do not take steps to prevent or abate the hazard. However, failure to implement this guide is not, in itself, a violation of the General Duty Clause. Citations can only be based on standards, regulations, and the General Duty Clause.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), founded in 1918, is a private, nonprofit organization that has overseen and coordinated various standardization systems for over 90 years. ANSI is made up of 3 government agencies and 5 engineering societies.ANSI Z308.1-2009 is the minimum standard set forth by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for first aid kits in various work places and for those workplaces that are unique. ANSI expects that the first aid kits will be augmented with additional supplies set forth by either the federal, state or local requirements.
The items required are:
(1) First Aid Guide
(1) Absorbent Compress 4″ X 8″ minimum
(16) 1″ X 3″ Adhesive Bandages
(1) Adhesive Tape 2.5 yard roll
(10) Antiseptic Treatment Applications 0.9 Gram each
(6) Burn Treatment Applications 0.9 Gram each
(4) 3″ X 3″ Sterile Gauze Pads
(2) Pair Medical Exam Gloves
(1) Triangular Bandage 40″ X 40″ X 56″ min
(6) Antibiotic Ointment Applications 0.5 Gram each.
There are also now ten items listed as Recommended Supplies.
The recommended items are:
Analgesic (oral, non-drowsy formula)
Bandage Compress, 2″ X 2″ min.
Breathing Barrier, single use
Burn Dressing, 12 square inches
Cold Pack, 4″ X 5″ min.
Eye Covering, 1/4″ thick min.
Eye/Face Wash Sterile, 4 oz. min.
Roller Bandage, 2″ X 4 yards min.
First AID Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sprains and strains were the most common type of injury involving days away from work in 2006, accounting for 40% of the total 1,183,500 injuries in private industry. Cuts, lacerations, and punctures were the second most common type of injury, followed by soreness, pain. Overall, the manufacturing, education and health services, and retail trade industry sectors had the highest number of injuries, combining to make up over 46% of the total.
NATIONAL ESTIMATES OF OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL INJURIES BY AGE GROUP AND ACTIVITY AT TIME OF INJURY – UNITED STATES 2006
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