New Classification of First Aid Kits

The new ANSI/ISEA standard now divides first aid into two classes: Class A and Class B. Class A is for the most common types of workplace injuries. Class B is intended for high-risk environments.

Below is a table listing the minimum required components for both Class A and Class B kits. The assortment and quantity of supplies included in the kits were chosen based upon reviews of workplace incidents requiring first aid treatment, similar international standards and current injury treatment practices. The quantity and size specifications given are the minimum necessary to comply with the 2015 standard.


Additionally, first aid kits are designated by type I, II, III or IV:

Type I: For use in stationary, indoor applications.

Type II: For use in portable indoor applications.

Type III: For portable use in mobile indoor and/or outdoor settings.

Type IV: For portable use in mobile industries and/or outdoor applications.

Finally unitized kits now contain color-coded boxes as follows:

Blue – Antiseptic
Yellow – Bandages
Red – Burn Treatment
Orange – Personal Protective Equipment
Green – Miscellaneous

ISEA Updates limited-use and disposable Coveralls standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the updated “American National Standard for Limited Use and Disposable Coveralls – Size and Labeling Requirements” presented by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) late last week.

The update has to do with sizing requirements on limited-use and disposable coveralls and has been put into place to make sure that workers are properly fitted with the right size in order to minimize exposure to chemicals and particles that could harm them.

You can purchase the standard for $10.00 with discounts available for bulk orders at

The standard you’re looking for is the ANSI/ISEA 101-2014.

New ANSI/ASSE Standard for Job-Sites with Multiple Employers

A new standard, just released deals with health and safety on demolition and construction sites where there are more than one contractor present. The standard, which could quickly become an important resource for most large construction companies, is available for purchase on the ASSE website either as a Hard Copy or as a digital download.

From the ASSE Website:

ANSI/ASSE A10.33-2011

Safety & Health Program Requirements for Multi-Employer Projects

A10 Committee Information
Acronym: ASSE (ASC A10)
Developer Name: ASC A10
Committee Title: Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations
Secretariat: American Society of Safety Engineers
Contact: Tim Fisher
Title: Safety & Health Program Requirements for Multi-Employer Projects
Address: 1800 E. Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018-2187
Phone: (847) 768-3411
Fax: (847) 296-9221
Accreditation Method: Committee
A10 Committee Members: Click here for A10 Foreword and List of Organizations and Members
Scope: This standard sets forth the minimum elements and activities of a program that defines the duties and responsibilities of construction employers working on a construction project where multiple employers are or will be engaged in the common undertaking to complete a construction project.

AEM Free Pictorial Database

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has made available for free, a large database of “industry-recognized” pictorials that relate to safety.

From the AEM website database:

This database was developed to assist designers and technical illustrators in communicating effective safety messages through the use of consistent “industry-recognized” pictorial representations. Development of the database is guided by industry professionals and will be expanded as more product and process-specific pictorials are identified.

The downloadable graphical files are in formats (EPS and DXF) that can be imported directly into or opened in a variety of graphics and computer aided design software packages. The EPS files were saved in Adobe ® Illustrator 7.0 and the DXF files were saved in AutoCAD ® Version 13.

You can download all the images as a zip file, download them all in EPS or DXF formats, view the thumbnails or search using their pictorial database search tool and download just the one that you need.

Need a graphic to warn people against a trip hazard? Try this one:

Need one to remind them to wear their hard hat? Here’s one:

If you’ve got one that they don’t, send it to them and they’ll add it to the database. Whatever you do, however, make sure to bookmark it so you can find it again next time you need an image.

Z590.3 Standard for Prevention Through Design

Anyone who’s been in the safety business for any length of time knows that step one when dealing with any particular hazard or safety issue is to try to engineer away the hazard before you start looking at PPE and other possible solutions. In a nutshell what this means is that rather than purchase respirators for all your workers because a specific chemical is harmful, it is best to try to find alternate chemicals that could be used that aren’t harmful. The same principle applies to any hazard.

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently approved the ANSI Z590.3 standard “Prevention through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes.” What this new standard essential addresses is the need to start looking at safety even before the hazard is present thus eliminating the need to engineer the hazard out, namely because it is never present to start with.

The way you put together your warehouse, for example, is a design issue. A well designed warehouse is essentially safer than a poorly designed one. A poorly designed warehouse has blind spots, tripping hazards, overhead hazards, etc… that then need to be addressed (signs, floor marking tape, hard hats required, etc…).

According to ASSE “The Z590.3 standard focuses specifically on the avoidance, elimination, reduction and control of occupational safety and health hazards and risks in the design and redesign process. Through the application of the concepts presented in the standard, decisions about occupational hazards and risks can be incorporated into the process of design and redesign of work areas, tools, equipment, machinery, substances and work processes.  Design and redesign also includes construction, manufacture, use, maintenance and disposal of reuse of equipment used on-the-job.”

The new standard is not presently available but according to the ASSE website it soon will be, both in print as well as in electronic format.

For more information visit the press release on the ASSE website.

What’s the difference between an OSHA rule and an ANSI Standard?

When you are dealing with safety in the workplace, it doesn’t take long to figure out that there are an awful lot of rules and regulations to adhere to. There are also a lot of different agencies to pay attention to. Whether you are dealing with L&I, OSHA, local and state agencies, NFPA, EPA, ANSI or any of the other agencies that seem to have rules, standards and regulations, it seems that everyone has a say on what you do in your place of business and how you do it.

While I’m not going to use this post to cover each and every agency and the difference between each one, I did want to share a link to a great article that I found on the American Society of Safety Engineers website about the difference between an OSHA rule and an ANSI standard.

The 5-page document is downloadable from the ASSE website here.

Does your flashlight measure up?

All lights are not created equal. With the rapid changes in lighting technology in the past few years it’s easy to get confused. Candlepower? Lumens? Runtime? Burn time? Xenon? LED?

Fortunately, ANSI has stepped in to keep manufacturers honest and to help set a standard by which we can measure the basic elements of lighting. The chart below is the result of this ANSI/NEMA FL1 standard:



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Light output

  • Measured in Lumens (Candle Power is obsolete).
  • It measures the total
    projected output.
  • Measured in an integrating sphere.


  • In hours and/or minutes
  • Defined as the duration of time that light is emitted from 30 seconds after the light is activated till the time it only has 10% of its original intensity.

Beam Distance

  • Measured in meters from which there is at least 0.25 lux still measurable using a lux meter.

Peak Beam Intensity

  • Intensity of light is measured in candela
  • It measures the intensity of the beam of light at the point from which it does not vary.

Enclosure Protection Against Water Penetration Ratings

  • There are 3 ratings available:
    • Water Resistant – IPX4 Splashed with water
    • Water Proof – IPX7 – submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes
    • Submersible – IPX8 – submerged deeper than 1 meter (manufacturer specified depth) for 4 hours.


Impact Resistance

  • Measured in meters
  • Drop tested on concrete
  • Batteries are in the light when it is dropped


ANSI (American National Standards Institute)

These standards are accredited by ANSI, which is a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards so American products can be used globally.

Glossary of Terms:

Candela – A unit of measurement of the intensity of light that is, power emitted by a light source in a particular direction.

Lux – The unit of luminous flux in the International System, equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela intensity radiating equally in all directions.

Lumen – A unit of measurement of the amount of brightness that comes from a light source. Lumens define “luminous flux,” which is energy within the range of frequencies we perceive as light.

IP (Ingress Protection) – Ingress Protection (IP) ratings specify the environmental protection the enclosure provides. The IP rating normally has two numbers (IPXX). The first number represents protection from solid objects or materials (dust) where the second number represents protection from liquids (water). With the IP rating IP 54, 5 describes the level of protection from solid objects and 4 describes the level of protection from liquids.

Making Sense of the new Eye/Face Protection Standard

In case you hadn’t heard, ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved a new Z87.1 standard.

The new standard, Z87.1-2010 attempts to cover more ground, extending the standard to cover more in the nature of hazards that relate to eye and face protection. The changes are pretty broad and change the nature of the standard substantially. Because of this, the markings on protective eyewear has also changed.

Need help understanding and deciphering the new standard? Fortunately for us, MSA has done a great job doing just that with a new whitepaper entitled “ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010: Frequently Asked

Questions about the New Standard”

You can download the whitepaper for free from the MSA assetlibrary by clicking here.