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.

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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



Understanding the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code

Are you confused about the updates to the fall protection standard? Wondering what the ANSI Z359 code is all about?

Miller Fall Protection is here to help. They’ve provided a great downloadable 19 page document that’ll help you navigate this standard.

They break the standard down into it’s subsections and guide you through them individually using illustrations where needed.

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Click on the image below to download the “Understanding the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection  Code” pdf

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Better protection for America’s Farm Workers from Pesticide Exposure

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The EPA has drafted a revision to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard designed to protect some 2 million US agricultural farmers and workers from the pesticides they are exposed to on a daily basis. Exposure to these pesticides account for a disproportionate number of exposure incidents each year.

The major changes are:

  • Mandatory annual safety training for anyone who comes into contact with pesticides. This training will also teach farmers and workers about how to reduce “take-home exposure” on clothing worn during the day at work.
  • For the first time ever, workers who are exposed to these pesticides must be 18 years of age or older.
  • “No Entry” signs must be posted in fields that have just been treated with pesticides as well as creating no entry zones for the equipment that was used to apply the pesticides.
  • Increased access to SDS sheets on the pesticides in question.
  • Mandatory record keeping to better follow up and track incidents
  • Mandatory medical evaluations and fit-testing
  • Specifics on the amount of water available for decontamination and eye flushing.
  • Anti-retaliation provisions to protect workers.

Now we need the EPA to come out with standards to protect consumers. 🙂


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.

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First Aid Standard to be Revised

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ISEA ( the International Safety Equipment Association) has revised the first aid standard to include two classifications on first aid kits, class A and class B.

“Class A kits are designed to deal with most common workplace injuries, such as minor cuts, abrasions and sprains.”

“Class B include a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments.”

Furthermore, first aid kits are going to receive a “sub-category” classification of I, II, III or IV for different types of work environments.

The idea behind the new standard is that first aid that are more tailored to the individual job site will allow for better and more immediate treatment.

The standard can be purchased from ISEA for $30 a copy; discounts are available on bulk orders. For additional information, contact Cristine Z. Fargo, ISEA director of member and technical services, cfargo@safetyequipment.org or visit www.safetyequipment.org.


Updates to 1910.269 Electrical Safety Standard

July 10th, 2014, OSHA updated the 1910.269 standard for electrical power generation, transmission and distribution installations.

Main points:

  • Workers must be adequately trained and training must match the degree of risk that workers will be exposed to.
  • Employers needs to do an assessment to determine the level of exposure that workers might have to flame and/or electrical arc flash.
  • Employers need to provide an estimate of the amount of energy potentially present in any arc flash for any and all jobs that employees might need to do. They have until January 1 of 2015 to document these estimates.
  • Employers must additionally provide any and all FR and Arc-Flash personal protective equipment that workers might need for protection against the flames and arc-flash hazards. This must be done by April 1, 2015.
  • Multiple crews working together need to have one central person who is in charge of deenergizing and reenergizing or have a system in place so that only all crews together can reenergize lines and equipment.

For more information visit the OSHA “electrical power” page.


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 http://www.safetyequipment.org/

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



OSHA Update to Electrical Standard

It’s been 40 years since OSHA updated the standard, but better late than never. Earlier this week OSHA announced that the long-overdue update to the standards for electric power generation, transmission and distribution was finally here.

From the press release on the OSHA site:

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it would be issuing a final rule* to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work.

“This long-overdue update will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Electric utilities, electrical contractors and labor organizations have persistently championed these much-needed measures to better protect the men and women who work on or near electrical power lines.”

OSHA is revising the 40-year-old construction standard for electric power line work to make it more consistent with the corresponding general industry standard and is also making some revisions to the construction and general industry requirements. The updated standards for general industry and construction include new or revised provisions for host and contract employers to share safety-related information with each other and with employees, as well as for improved fall protection for employees working from aerial lifts and on overhead line structures. In addition, the standards adopt revised approach-distance requirements to better ensure that unprotected workers do not get dangerously close to energized lines and equipment. The final rule also adds new requirements to protect workers from electric arcs.

General industry and construction standards for electrical protective equipment are also revised under the final rule. The new standard for electrical protective equipment applies to all construction work and replaces the existing construction standard, which was based on out-of-date information, with a set of performance-oriented requirements consistent with the latest revisions of the relevant consensus standards. The new standards address the safe use and care of electrical protective equipment, including new requirements that equipment made of materials other than rubber provide adequate protection from electrical hazards.

The final rule will result in estimated monetized benefits of $179 million annually, with net benefits equal to about $130 million annually.

Additional information on the final rule is available at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/power_generation/. The final rule becomes effective 90 days after publication in the Federal Register. OSHA adopted delayed compliance deadlines for certain requirements.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

You can download the full 1607 page document from the OSHA website.