ANSI Z308.1-2021 This standard establishes minimum performance requirements for first aid kits and their supplies that are intended for use in various work environments.
First Aid Kits are designated as Class A or Class B with different contents suited for different work environments. Class A kits are intended to contain a broad range of products to deal with common workplace injuries. Class B kits contain a broader range and quantity of products which are more suited for populated and high risk workplace environments. The standard provides guidance to assist employers in conducting a workplace hazard assessment to determine the Class and Quantity of first aid kits best suited for their workplace environment.
Foil Blankets, also known as thermal blankets, mylar blankets, or space blankets is a metalized plastic sheet which can retain body heat in emergency first aid situations, help prevent or treat hypothermia, act as a windbreaker, and can be worn as an emergency waterproof wrap. workplace environments. The standard provides guidance to assist employers in conducting a workplace hazard assessment to determine the Class and Quantity of first aid kits best suited for their workplace environment.
Hand Sanitizer quantities increased.With the pandemic raising awareness for the need to prevent the spread of germs, hand sanitizer quantities have been increased in the new regulation.
Class B Kits require an arterial tourniquet designed for preventing blood loss and the standard specifically points out that a blood drawing (venipuncture) tourniquet band is insufficient to meet the criteria for an arterial tourniquet. An arterial tourniquet is a tight, wide strap designed to be effective in preventing blood loss in a severely injured limb (arms, legs) by compressing the tissue around the arteries and providing effective occlusion within 90 seconds or less. Common arterial tourniquets that meet this standard utilize a method such as a ratchet or a windlass to reach full occlusion.
Guidance is provided on Bleeding Control kits which which contain more advanced first aid supplies, and should be considered where the risk of severe life threatening bleeding exists. Essential bleed control contents are listed in the standard.