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    • Why Buy a Business First Aid Kit for Home?

      If you want a "Pretty" first aid kit, by all means, purchase a consumer first aid kit - but if you want a first aid kit for function, consider business first aid kits for home, too.

      We've been selling first aid kits for a long, long time... we have a good handle on what people want and what they need. If you have a specific personal use for your first aid kit, then by all means looks at specific use kits that are designed for that use ( see our list below ) these really do have special content for special purposes, but if you are thinking of an all purpose first aid kit for home, we encourage you to consider a commercial first aid kit.

      Why?

      urg-3681-best-selling-first-aid-kit-items-press-releaseConsumer kits are often designed for "curb appeal" rather than actual usefulness or practical application. More money goes into packaging or high "piece count" than into including what you will really need when emergencies occur.

      Commercial First Aid Kits comply with OSHA requirements and ANSI Standards (OSHA regulations cite the ANSI Standards as their basic guidelines - learn more about the current ANSI Z308 Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies)

      This means the contents have been analyzed and decided upon so the first aid kits will have the content required to attend to the most common injuries - not just what sounds neat. When buying an ANSI compliant first aid kit, you know that the assortment and quantity of supplies included in a first aid kit were chosen based upon a review of increased workplace incidents requiring first aid treatment, similar international standards and current practices in treating injuries. so the decisions on content come from real-life needs.

      An American National Standard implies a consensus of those substantially concerned with its scope and provisions. An American National Standard is intended as a guide to aid the manufacturer, the consumer, and general public. The existence of an American National Standard does not in any respect preclude anyone, whether he has approved the standard or not, from manufacturing, marketing, purchasing, or using products, processes, or procedures not conforming to the standard. American National Standards are subject to periodic review and users are cautioned to obtain the latest edition.

      Now - knowing why we suggest this, we'll make our recommendation for the "best first aid kit":

      Urgent First Aid Kit, 74 Pieces, ANSI Class A, 10 to 25 Person, in a lightweight, durable, portable and wall mountable gasketed plastic case. First Aid Store offers this Urgent First Aid American Made solution for your ANSI and OSHA First Aid Kit and Supply requirements: The Urgent First Aid kit is our best value plastic ANSI Class A first aid kit. It meets or exceeds the most recent OSHA and ANSI 2015 Standard fill requirements, with contents designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries so you know you and your employees will be covered with the new ANSI 2015 requirements. Under the new ANSI Standard Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies guidelines, general requirements include the following items: Adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic application, antiseptic, a breathing barrier, burn dressing (gel soaked), burn treatment, cold packs, eye covering, eye/skin wash, first aid guide, hand sanitizer, medical exam gloves, roller bandages, scissors, sterile pads, trauma pads, and triangular bandages. in addition the location of the kit must be easily accessible.This ANSI Class A first aid kit is great for small offices and general workplaces of up to 10 people. Whether an office environment or a factory, it is required to be prepared to treat minor injuries. Even if you have a kit purchase prior to June 2016, it likely no longer includes content needed for the types of incidents that occur in the workplace. The International Safety Equipment Association 2015 minimum requirements for workplace first aid kits and supplies (American National Standard ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015) is effective now. The assortment and quantity of supplies included in a first aid kit were chosen based upon a review of increased workplace incidents requiring first aid treatment, similar international standards and current practices in treating injuries.This ANSI Class A first aid kit is great for small offices and general workplaces of up to 25 people, it is easily wall mounted, and can also be quickly removed to be taken to the accident scene. Urgent First Aid Kit, 74 Pieces, ANSI Class A, 10 to 25 Person, in a lightweight, durable, portable and wall mountable gasketed plastic case.
      First Aid Store offers this Urgent First Aid American Made solution for your ANSI and OSHA First Aid Kit and Supply requirements: The Urgent First Aid kit is our best value plastic ANSI Class A first aid kit. It meets or exceeds the most recent OSHA and ANSI 2015 Standard fill requirements, with contents designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries so you know you and your employees will be covered with the new ANSI 2015 requirements. Under the new ANSI Standard Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies guidelines, general requirements include the following items: Adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic application, antiseptic, a breathing barrier, burn dressing (gel soaked), burn treatment, cold packs, eye covering, eye/skin wash, first aid guide, hand sanitizer, medical exam gloves, roller bandages, scissors, sterile pads, trauma pads, and triangular bandages. in addition the location of the kit must be easily accessible.This ANSI Class A first aid kit is great for small offices and general workplaces of up to 10 people. Whether an office environment or a factory, it is required to be prepared to treat minor injuries. Even if you have a kit purchase prior to June 2016, it likely no longer includes content needed for the types of incidents that occur in the workplace. The International Safety Equipment Association 2015 minimum requirements for workplace first aid kits and supplies (American National Standard ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015) is effective now. The assortment and quantity of supplies included in a first aid kit were chosen based upon a review of increased workplace incidents requiring first aid treatment, similar international standards and current practices in treating injuries.This ANSI Class A first aid kit is great for small offices and general workplaces of up to 25 people, it is easily wall mounted, and can also be quickly removed to be taken to the accident scene.

      The Urgent First Aid 25 Person ANSI & OSHA First Aid Kit is a perfect balance of form and function with the ideal first aid kit content for offices, home, auto, or almost anywhere - is even has a gasket to help keep out moisture and you get all this for just $19.99...less than most {All Purpose" home or consumer first aid kits... find it at Amazon, or here at First Aid Store...urg-3681_3

      Special use first aid kits that we recommend for specific reason include:

    • Scream

      munchHalloween Haunts and Ghoulish Good Times are coming up for kids of all ages... Halloween will mean a whole weekend of fun this year, so keep it safe and enjoy it all.

      Remember to eat well, stay warm, light the way, and be mindful of Halloween dangers from fire to traffic, and more.

      These articles will provide a variety of timely ideas for spooky safety and fun:

    • NEW 2015 ANSI Standards – What to expect, know, and meet

      On June 17th, 2016, the ANSI standards concerning first aid kits changed. As these new guidelines were developed a year prior, they are referred to as the 2015 standards, but did not go into effect until mid-2016. Should you be required to meet OSHA regulations, you too were affected by this change as OSHA refers to the ANSI guidelines within their standards. With that said, the kit mounted to your wall is more than likely out of date. While these standards may have changed, your obligation to adhere to them did not and as such, it is highly suggested to familiarize yourself with the current regulations and do what is needed to remain in compliance with them. In short, the changes in standards were in regard to the degree of injuries that may be sustained, kit label and features, and particular minimum content within.

      1715To start, ANSI created two grades of kits – Class A and B – with respect to the extent of injuries that may occur in the workplace. Class A was developed to furnish environments that would only be subject to basic and common injuries, and includes 22 more pieces than that of the previous 2009 standards. This classification would be suitable for office buildings, call centers, school classrooms, and the like. Contrarily, Class B was designed to outfit workplaces that are susceptible to more severe and serious injuries, and consists of 145 more pieces than the former standards including a splint and tourniquet. This classification would be applicable for construction sites, industrial facilities, restaurants, and the like. You may also find kits described as “A+” or “B+”, which simply means that more than the minimum fill of the said class is included.

      In addition to the two introduced categories, ANSI also set forth requirements concerning the kit’s label and its physical features. In prior standards, label requirements were addressed but the specifications for such are now in greater detail. The former and present guidelines both mandate that the kit and/or location be clearly marked as a place of first aid supplies and for the text on the label to be written in no smaller than six (6) point font. However, the current standard also requires that the label be legible and permanent, and not easily removed if/when adhesive is utilized. Additionally, rather than only stating that the kit meets the ANSI requirements when the “minimum fill is maintained”, it must read the following:

      “This kit meets the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 standard as sold. It contains first aid products which meet performance specifications detailed in the standard at the below required minimum fill. It will continue to be compliant only when maintained with products that meet the standard at specified quantities.”

      As it did before, the label is to note that the kit “may be suitable for some businesses”, should be judged by qualified persons to ensure it is sufficient for the particular workplace, and that employers may find it appropriate to house additional kits and/or supplies dependent on the job task(s). Now, the label is also to state the below:

      “Kits should be inspected frequently to ensure the completeness and usability of all first aid supplies. Any supply beyond its marked expiration date should be discarded and replaced.”

      In regard to the characteristics of the kit, the four types indicated in the prior standard have not changed; they remain as shown in the figure below. What has slightly changed is the performance rating of the Type IV kit. The 2009 guidelines described the kits within the drop test by the container unit size, whereas they are now listed by the approximate dimensions of the case, as the current standards do not require the kits be unitized.ANSI_Types_I-IV

      Lastly comes the criteria to be met in regard to the performance of the components within the first aid kits, some of which have remained the same and others the contrary. Additionally, there have been items removed as well as others added. The below charts compare the requirements between the previous and current standards of the minimum fill for first aid kits, with the gray areas indicating excluded product.

      2009

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      2015 Class AANSI_Z308_2015_A

      2015 Class BANSI_Z308_2015_B

      Overall, as ANSI was developed in 1918, the organization is surely versed amongst the many industries they set standards for including but not limited to that of first aid. As regulations are ever-changing, and adopted and/or referenced by OSHA, it is crucial that businesses stay in compliance with the most current standards to ensure the safety of employees within the workplace. For the ease of our customers, we carry a variety of options related to the current ANSI standards, making compliance simpler than ever. For those whom have kits with depleted or expired content, refill packs are available to replace all the content and transform the unit to meet the current standards. For those whom have kits still equipped with the “ANSI 8” supplies and that have yet to perish, upgrade packs are available to add the needed content to the unit to get it up to par with the present minimum fill. Lastly, for those whom do not yet have a kit or would prefer the route of starting anew, fully stocked kits are available in a variety of sizes and styles. Read More about ANSI Z308.1-2015osha-ansi-new-compliance-requirements-now-effective

    • Happy Summer - Are you Ready for Summer Safety, Summer Sun and More? #Summer

      Today is the First Day of Summer! Summer means fun outdoors, at the beach, Barbecues, sports - so many great ways to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.. but only when you do it safely! Here are some of our favorite Summer Safety Tips:

      Don’t let Summer begin without getting geared up... as we explained during Extreme Heat WeekExcessive Heat is more common now with Global Warming, and more Heat Waves -  Heat is a Major Killer. Watch out for Heat Alerts and know the Symptoms of Heat Disorders.

      Other Safety Blog Posts we think you may enjoy when preparing for a safe Summer:

       

    • 3 Days left! Is your First Aid Kit ANSI 2015 compliance ready?

      New ANSI 2015 Standards for First Aid KitsFAO_ANSI-First-Aid-Kit-Calendar

      Are you ready for the change?

      The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has changed the standard for first aid kits in the workplace. The new standard goes into effect June 17, 2016.

      First Aid Store offers a full line of kits to help meet the new ANSI standard and OSHA regulations.

      See all our ANSI 2015 Compliant First Aid Kits & Cabinets See all our ANSI 2015 Compliant First Aid Kits & Cabinets

      Choose from a wide assortment of kits designed to meet your needs.
      Find your kit today!

      Our professional customer service sales teams are ready for your questions. 

      Call us today at (877) 5-First Aid (877-534-7782)

      Learn more about the ANSI update:

    • Hot Times

      It is only June and we’re already experiencing record temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, the Weather Channel says Record highs will be threatened later this week as temperatures climb into the upper 90s and low 100s in the Plains, Midwest and South.... and predictions call for a hot, hot, hot summer nationwide!Hot

      While the sunny days are great for all-day outdoor activities or an overnight jaunt to the beach, they’re not so pleasant for outdoor workers and can have serious health implications... especially for the elderly and very young.

      Learn more about Summer, Sun, and Heat Safety:

    • Understanding ANSI 2015 Requirements and OSHA Regulations for First Aid Kits

      OSHA (U.S Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation. OSHA regulations regarding first aid kits are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations under section 29 CFR 1910.151 and in Appendix A. OSHA does not provide specifications for first aid kit contents per se but defines mandatory requirements for availability of kits on worksites. In Appendix A of the OSHA guidelines, ANSI is referenced as the originator of first aid kit specifications and minimum contents requirements (see ANSI requirements in more detail below).


      ANSI Z308.1-2015 / American National Standard Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies are in effect as of June 17, 2016.

      One of the most significant changes from previous editions is the introduction of 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.

      Workplaces vary widely in their degree of hazards, location, size, amount of staff training and availability of professional medical services. With the exception of the Logging Operations standard, 29 CFR 1910.266, OSHA standards do not require specific first-aid-kit contents. This includes the Medical Services and First Aid standards in both general industry and construction, 1910.151 and 1926.50. These OSHA requirements cite ANSI Z308.1 as the minimum required.

      Employers should evaluate their own workplaces to determine whether additional supplies or kits are needed, based on the size and specific hazards of their workplaces.

      The 2015 ANSI revision introduces two classes of first aid kits

      Class A kits with contents designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries.
      Class B kits with a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments.

      ANSI Z308.1-2015 Required Contents

      In order to be ANSI compliant, First Aid Kits must contain the following components

    • What is a trusted source of information during an emergency?

      Today's Hurricane Preparedness Week Topic is "Identify your trusted sources of information for a hurricane event."

      As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we have shared a good deal of information about weather alerts and warnings:

      During emergencies, rumors and misinformation spread (dare we say like wildfire?) In a calamitous event, you need valid information about safety and resources. What are some other sources of trusted information? Hurricane_INFO_4-4-16

      NOAA's National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center are your official sources for hurricane forecasts and the issuance of hurricane watches and warnings. Your local NOAA National Weather Service forecast office provides information regarding the expected impacts from the storm for your area. Emergency managers will make the decisions regarding evacuations.

      Organizations such as FLASH make disaster safety recommendations. And the media outlets will broadcast this information to you. All work together to be your trusted sources, especially for those less able to take care of themselves.

    • #MayTheFourthBeWithYou

      Happy Star Wars Day...star-wars-may-the-fourth-4th-be-with-you

      Learn about Space Weather:

      δ   How to Get Email Warnings from NOAA About Solar Activity and Space Weather

      δ   NOAA GOES-R satellite

      δ  AEDs in Space! (Automated External Defibrillators)

      ... and Thanks to Heavy.com for this great gif!

    • Forklifts

      Only trained personnel should be allowed to operate hand lifts.  Operating rules must be posted and will be strictly enforced.  Before using a lift check that the brakes on are capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete and safe stop when fully loaded.  The parking brake must effectively prevent the vehicle from moving when unattended.  When motorized hand and hand/rider truck are operated, and when the operator releases the steering mechanism, make sure that both the brakes are applied and power to the motor shut off.  Maintenance records are available so that a driver can check on the servicing of the truck in case of questions.

      Walkways

      All aisles and passageways must be kept clear.  Also, aisles and passageways should be clearly marked.  Wet surfaces must be covered with non-slip material and all holes properly covered or marked with warning guards.  All spills must be cleaned up immediately, and a caution sign placed  on all wet or drying surfaces.  In cases of passageways used by forklifts, handlifts, or other machinery, use a separate aisle for walking if available.  If no separately marked aisle is available, use extreme caution.  Remember, walking in a passageway used by machinery is like walking in the middle of a street used by cars:  You may have the right of way, but the heavier vehicle can’t always see you and can’t always stop in time.  The key to moving around in such circumstances is to stop, look, and listen and then to move when there is no danger.  Make eye contact with the drivers of moving vehicles so that you know that they know you are there.  Equipment must be properly stored so that sharp edges do not protrude into walkways.  Changes in elevations must be clearly marked, as must passageways near dangerous operations like welding, machinery operation or painting.  If there is a low ceiling, a warning sign must be posted.  If the walkway or stairway is more than thirty inches above the floor or ground, it must have a guardrail.  If an employee is aware of any breach of these standards, please inform the workplace supervisor.

      Traffic and Transportation

      Safety Belts

      Employees operating or riding in company-furnished vehicles, or personal vehicles on official company business, are required to wear safety belts at all times.  The driver should instruct the passengers to fasten their safety belts before operating the vehicle.

      Accidents

      Fork-BackAny accident involving Company vehicles (including private, rented, or leased vehicles used on official Company business) must be reported to the driver’s supervisor.  If the driver is unable to make a report, another employee who knows the details of the accident must make the report.  It is Employer's policy that employees should not admit to responsibility for vehicle accidents occurring while on official business.  It is important that such admissions, when appropriate, be reserved for the company and its insurance carrier.  The law requires that each driver involved in a vehicle accident must show his/her license on request by the other party.  Be sure to obtain adequate information on the drivers involved as well as on the owner of the vehicles.  Names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, vehicle descriptions, and registration information are essential.  In addition, a description of damages is needed for completion of accident reports.  If the accident is investigated by police agencies, request that a copy of the police report be sent to Employer, or obtain the name and department of the investigating officer.  A printed card titled “In Case of Accident” is kept in each official vehicle to assist in collecting required information.  In case of collision with an unattended vehicle (or other property), the driver of the moving vehicle is required by law to notify the other party and to exchange information pertaining to the collision.  If unable to locate the other party, leave a note in, or attached to, the vehicle (or other property) giving the driver’s name, address, and vehicle license number.  The driver of any Employer vehicle involved in an accident must also complete a Employer  Motor Vehicle Accident Report and submit it to his/her supervisor within one work day of the accident.  The supervisor should interview the driver and complete the supervisor’s portion of the report.  Within two workdays of the accident, the completed form and vehicle must be taken to the Safety Department so that damages may be estimated and repairs scheduled.  Forms for obtaining appropriate information about an accident are carried in the vehicle or may be obtained from the Facilities Department or it’s equivalent.  The Responsible Safety Officer will receive copies of all accident reports and will prepare any required OSHA reports.

      Speed Limits

      The speed limit on Employer property is 15 miles per hour; however, conditions such as road repair, wet weather, poor visibility, and pedestrian traffic may require speeds much lower than 15 mph.  All traffic laws are strictly enforced.  As a result of high-density traffic, limited parking, and general congestion, it is recommended that shuttle buses and public transportation services be used whenever possible.  These services are convenient and reduce exposure to potential motor vehicle accidents.

      Official Vehicle Use

      The Employer requires that an operator hold a valid driver’s license for the class of vehicle that he/she is authorized to operate.  Persons intending to operate forklifts/handlifts are required to successfully complete the appropriate course as outlined in this manual.

      Our training products on "Forklift/Powered Industrial Truck Safety" have been specifically created to assist facilities in complying with OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck Standard. Topics covered in these products include: OSHA's certification process. The seven classes of industrial trucks. Equipment checkout and maintenance. A forklift's stability triangle. Safe operating procedures. Lifting and lowering loads. Trucks and loading docks. and more! Our training products on "Forklift/Powered Industrial Truck Safety" have been specifically created to assist facilities in complying with OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck Standard. Topics covered in these products include:
      ~ OSHA's certification process.
      ~ The seven classes of industrial trucks.
      ~ Equipment checkout and maintenance.
      ~ A forklift's stability triangle.
      ~ Safe operating procedures.
      ~ Lifting and lowering loads.
      ~ Trucks and loading docks.
      and more!

      Responsibility

      Each Division Director and Department Head is responsible for restricting the use of Company-furnished vehicles to official Company business only.  They are also responsible for limiting use of such vehicles to properly authorized personnel.  Use of an official vehicle for an employee’s personal convenience or benefit constitutes misuse and is prohibited.  Employees who misuse Company vehicles are subject to disciplinary action and financial responsibility for any accident.  All drivers of Company vehicles are responsible for reporting any damage or deficiency to the Safety Department.  Repairs, adjustments, and maintenance can only be accomplished if the driver adequately documents and reports these items.  Failure to report unsafe vehicle conditions can result in an accident.

      Get a Quote for a Class:
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      Warnings and Citations

      Any employee operator of a vehicle who violates the State Vehicle Code may be issued a written warning or citation.  A warning will include a description of the violation and cite the relevant code section, date, time, location, and the name of the officer issuing the warning.  A person who receives such a warning will be called to meet with the Responsible Safety Officer.  If more than one warning is issued in a six-month period, the Responsible Safety Officer will normally suspend the offender’s driving and parking privileges at Employer.  The first suspension will be for a period of one month.  If there is a repeat violation, the period of suspension will be for six months.  Serious offenses may result in revocation of privileges and may include termination of employment.

      Safety Hazards Correction

      The Safety Committee reviews all accidents involving Company-furnished vehicles, whether on site or off site, and makes recommendations to have safety hazards corrected.  The committee meets periodically to review accidents or to review and consider other issues relating to traffic safety.  The committee is also the hearing board for drivers who are involved in vehicle accidents or who have received a warning notice for a moving violation, as noted above.  Such drivers may appear before this committee to explain causes of accidents or violations.

      Parking

      Here are the parking designations in use at Employer: Red Zones: No stopping, standing, or parking.  Yellow Zones: Stopping only for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers of freight.  Green Zones: Limited time parking.  Reserved Parking: Vehicle with designated license number only.  All vehicles must be prepared to move at the time indicated.  Compact Car: Vehicle must not extend beyond rear limit line.  General Parking: Vehicles must be parked in designated places only and must not extend beyond the edge of road, stripes, or rear limit lines.  Visitor parking violators will be issued a warning notice, order-to-show cause, or citation.

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