A Guide to First Aid

Protect workers and be equipped to deal with injuries in the workplace with first aid kits, supplies, eyewash, emergency showers, and more.

OSHA regulations 29 CFR 1910.151 outlines when first aid supplies are required and the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2009 standard provides requirements for workplace first aid kits and supplies. Kits in compliance will provide a basic range of products to deal with most types of workplace injuries.

First Aid Kits & Supplies:

Be prepared to treat first, second, and third degree burns at your workplace. Burn relief supplies are excellent items to include in your first aid supplies. Burn dressings, convenient burn kits and wall mount stations, and burn blankets are available to treat first, second, and third degree burns.

CPR First Aid:

Maximize your first aid program with CPR first aid supplies and meet OSHA training requirements with helpful CPR Manikins. Compact kits and refills add convenience.

Emergency Eye Wash & Showers First Aid:

Enhance worker safety and first aid with emergency eyewash and showers.

ANSI developed standard Z358.1-2004, Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, to provide guidance for OSHA's first aid requirement, 29 CFR 1910.151(c). There are also additional regulations that apply to specific industries such as hazardous materials, pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturing, telecommunications, and more.

The ANSI standard provides minimum performance, testing, installation, maintenance, and training specifications for equipment and systems used for emergency rinsing and flushing of the eyes, face, or body of a person that has been exposed to injurious materials.

Emergency eyewash and showers include plumbed and self-contained equipment, eye and face wash equipment, combination eyewash and shower units, personal eye rinsing products, and hand-held drench hoses. These systems are for use in a variety of workplaces, including manufacturing facilities, construction sites, and laboratories.

Biohazard Protection:

Workers with reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious biohazard materials are required to be protected under OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.1030.

Personal protective bloodborne pathogen equipment can include gloves, gowns, face shields, masks, and other biohazard protection essentials. Response kits are a convenient solution and can include personal protection, spill clean-up, and CPR barrier packs. Cleaning up is easier with a variety of bags, disinfectants, and fluid absorbents.

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Reliable and easy-to-use drug and alcohol tests are available for the workplace and zero tolerance settings. Drug tests are available for testing up to 6 drugs, including amphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamine, morphine (opiates), PCP, and THC (marijuana, pot). Alcohol tests and screeners can provide results on the presence of alcohol, or a reading on levels. DOT approved alcohol tests indicate a positive or negative presence of alcohol.

Although OSHA does not require drug or alcohol testing, employers have duties under the OSH Act of 1970 to keep workers free from recognized hazards that can cause, or are likely to cause death or serious injury.

The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 requires testing of workers in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines, and other transportation industries. DOT procedures for testing programs are outlined in DOT rule 49 CFR Part 40.

Emergency Preparedness:

OSHA 1910.120(q) requires emergency preparedness response programs and plans. Equipment you may need to implement your program or plan can include kits, stretchers, automated external defibrillators (AED), and survival wraps.

Responder protection is an essential part of emergency preparedness and a variety of protective eyewear, respiratory protection, coveralls, hard hats, and gloves are available.

Preparing for facility emergencies may include biohazard protection, as outlined above, and spill clean up.

You can also find more information on Emergency Preparedness from OSHA.

Outdoor Exposure:

Provide protection and comfort for outdoor workers in building and highway construction, forestry, utilities, and more. Insect repellents, sunscreens, and lotions to prevent poison oak, ivy, and sumac rashes, help keep workers more comfortable and productive.

When workers are stung or suffer tick or snakebites, creams, scrubs, and kits are available for relief of pain and itching, tick removal, and snake bite treatment.

Pest Control:

As part of your crew's personal protective equipment, you'll want to protect workers with a variety of pest control products. It's fast and easy to eliminate flying and crawling insects, and repel dogs and snakes.

Swatting at insects takes time and energy, and can divert attention, leading to hazardous situations. Personal repellents are available to protect workers from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and more.

Diseases carried by insects can affect workers' health. In addition to OSHA requiring employers to comply with hazard-specific safety and health standards, OSHA has put out advisory bulletins on the West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. The CDC also has more information on West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and much more.

Questions about First Aid?

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