ANSI/ISEA Z was developed by ANSI member and accredited standards developer the International Safety Equipment Association. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Safety ANSI Z,TABLE 1: CLASSES OF FIRST AID KITS & REQUIRED. ANSI Z first aid standard FAQ answers all your questions about the first aid supplies minimum requirements.

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Conforming Gauze Roll Bandages. Do they have a minimum content requirement for first aid? Both classes are designed to deal with common workplace injuries, including major and minor wounds, minor burns, sprains, strains and eye injuries.

Many of the first aid supplies previously identified as being recommendations in the standard are now required for both newly-designated kit types. Type II Intended use: For over 30 years, Lanny Floyd has challenged the status quo of electrical safety in the workplace. Employers should also consider whether multiple first aid kits are needed, based on the number of employees, physical layout of the work environment and the remoteness of the worksite to emergency services.

The Workplace Today Regulation Written by: Companies receive regular bulletins and reports on standards, government policies and proposals, and market intelligence. The standard tells you what type of kit to use for specific situations, and the workplace safety supplies that need to be included in each type of kit.

The standard now includes two classes of first aid kits. Class A kits are for the most common workplace injuries, like minor cuts, abrasions and sprains. In an effort to emphasize the importance of the contents ans in the first aid kitrather than the configuration in which they are provided, specific requirements for unitized first aid kits have been removed, however guidance on color-coding of first aid supplies for these configurations of kits is still included in the appendix to provide users and suppliers with an easy reference when identifying and stocking first aid items.


It issues standards to segments of the work force and polices these regulations with a staff of inspectors who make ansl work site checks.

About OSHA and ANSI

To help prevent minor injuries from becoming more serious, OSHA requires that first aid supplies be readily available to treat minor injuries that occur in the workplace. OSHA does not provide specifications for first aid kit contents per se but defines mandatory requirements for availability of kits on work-sites.

The information contained in this publication is intended for general information purposes only. You should be concerned with OSHA compliance on both a federal and state level.

Many workplaces have job-specific risks that should be addressed on a case-by-case basis with the addition of products necessary to meet those unique needs.

When authorities propose regulations that affect first aid kits or their contents, ISEA keeps members informed and ensures that their views are well represented in agency deliberations. As a company, we feel that eventually, these agencies will adopt ANSI as part of their regulation.

New First Aid Requirements in ANSI Z Impact First Aid Cabinets

New First Aid Requirements: The ANSI revision introduced two classes of first aid kits: Class A kits with contents designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries, and Class B kits with a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments.

The standard specifies products that must be contained in any workplace first aid kit in order to address injuries that are likely to occur, namely major and minor wounds, minor burns and eye injuries.

Click to join our list: Members of the group manufacture and market a full range of aansi aid kits and supplies, designed to meet user needs for a wide range of applications. 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. Employers should consider how many kits are needed based on the number of employees, physical layout of the workplace, response time to access supplies and remoteness to emergency services.


This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion.

ISEA members have a seat at the table when standards are being written that affect their products; they get a first look at changes in standards, they influence the development of new standards, and they are kept informed of developments on standards around the world. This also means that while these regulations may refer to a specific year or edition of the ANSI requirements, OSHA would “interpret” the regulations to refer to the most recent publications.

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New First Aid Requirements: Are Your First Aid Cabinets Compliant?

Class A kits are meant for non-industrial situations with small numbers of people. For more information on the current ANSI standards see the section below. Toll Free – When larger operations or multiple operations are being conducted at the same location, employers should determine the need for additional first aid kits at the work site, additional types of first aid equipment and suppliesand additional quantities and types of supplies and equipment in the first aid kits.

A key change in the revision to the standard is an expansion to help employers determine first aid anxi needs for complex work sites. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available. For more than 75 years, Z308.1 has set the standard for personal safety equipment manufacturers, supporting and promoting the business interests of its member companies, united in the goal of protecting the health and safety of people worldwide.

Appendix A of the OSHA regulation provides non-mandatory guidance to assist employers in specifying and maintaining first aid kits.