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

Changes in Confined Space Standard

In case you didn’t know it OSHA’s new standard for confined space work goes into effect August 3, 2015. That’s just around the corner and you’re going to be help accountable for the changes if you or anyone who works for you must enter a confined space.

Check out and download the new standard by clicking on the image below.

Be forewarned, it’s a 162 pages. On the plus side, you’ve still got about 3 weeks to read it.


Vote on your favorite new safety product

Once a year, New Equipment Digest nominates several products across various sectors that readers can vote on to identify the best new product of the year. One of the categories is safety and this year 17 new products have been nominated for the prestigious “Kings Award“.

The 17 items nominated are:

  • The Hyflex Work Glove by Ansell Protective Products, Inc.
  • Forklift Aisle Safety Systems by Cisco-Eagle, Inc.
  • Dust Extraction Vacuum by CS Unitec, Inc.
  • Hand Cleansing Foam by Deb USA, Inc.
  • Balaclava with Hot Rox Module by Ergodyne
  • Cut, Puncture & Dorsal Impact-Reducing Gloves by Ergodyne
  • Industrial MOLLE Vest by Ergodyne
  • Safety Air Guns with Chip Shields by EXAIR Corp.
  • Powered Cantilever Gate by Garlock Safety Systems
  • Sound Curtains by Goff’s Enterprises, Inc.
  • Removable Insta-Rack Platform by Green/Benko Products, Inc.
  • Polarized Safety Eyewear by Kimberly-Clark Professional
  • Seaked Safety Eyewear by Kimberly-Clark Professional
  • Industrial Shock Block by Littelfuse
  • Alycore Gloves by MCR Safety
  • HazMat Spill Kit in See Thru Container by New Pig Corp.
  • Safe-T-Arms Barricades by Safe-T-Arms

Head over to to place you vote!

New Test Method for Needlestick Resistance of Protective Gloves

A new test method has just been standardized for needlestick resistance of protective gloves. It is available as a free download on the irsst website.

This from the irsst website:


Hand injuries, which represent approximately 21% of CSST-compensated injuries, affect several professions, including blue collar workers, prison guards, and police officers, who run a high risk of being pricked by contaminated needles. Current standardized test methods do not correctly evaluate the resistance of protective gloves to these punctures and do not take into account the effect of the presence of a hand inside the glove. The aim of this study is to develop a method for characterizing the actual resistance of gloves to puncture by very pointed objects such as needles, with this method later becoming the subject of a standard. It will also determine the degree of dexterity and sensitivity that this protective equipment offers to workers. The data collected will help users choose the puncture-resistant gloves most appropriate for their task, thus promoting their wear and helping to reduce the number of injuries to workers hands. These results will be exportable to other activity sectors, including the hospital environment, and will be useful to manufacturers for improving their products.

Free download (PDF 1682 Ko)

View or Download the new Protecta Fall Protection Catalog

One of the advantages of the digital age is that you don’t have to fill your shelves with catalog, flyers and pamphlets. You can view them online or download them to view when you need to. The other advantage is that you can have instant access.

With that in mind, I got an email from Protecta Fall Protection today letting me know that they have just released their brand new fall protection catalog.

Here’s a copy of what Protecta has to say about their new catalog…

Dear Valued Customer,

The entire Capital Safety team is very pleased to announce the publication of a new comprehensive 2011 Protecta® full-line catalog. This new edition showcases gear that provides a combination of practical affordability and simple compliance.

The new Protecta® catalog is easy to navigate, and is organized by product category. We’ve also expanded the product selection and included dozens of new products across several of these key categories including; harnesses, lanyards, self retracting lifelines, vertical and horizontal systems, anchorage connectors, kits and confined space rescue gear.

With designs that incorporate improved fit, updated colors, and durable yet lightweight construction, Protecta® gear provides rugged and dependable fall protection solutions.

For catalog details click on the links below:

Protecta® Catalog
• You can also view the catalog at our website

To obtain a copy of the new Protecta® catalog, please contact our customer service team at 800-328-6146.


DBI-SALA, the sister company, is due to have a new catalog released within a couple of weeks as well. I’ll pass along the info as soon as I get it.

“Fire In The Valley” new video on CSB Site

The U. S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released a new video on their website on Monday March 21, 2011. Entitled “Fire in the Valley” the 16 minute video depicts “events leading to the August 28, 2008, catastrophic explosion and fire at the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute, WV, that fatally injured two workers.”

A combination of safety lapses, inadequate training and negligence led to the explosion in the methomyl pesticide manufacturing unit. It could have been a whole lot worse.

Additionally, key personnel at Bayer CropScience failed to adequately communicate vital information to emergency responders.

The video can be viewed online or downloaded free of charge.