Stocking Your Facility’s First Aid Kits For Every Incident

Stocking Your Facility’s First Aid Kits For Every Incident

In 2015, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) updated OSHA’s regulations and requirements for workplace first aid kits. Beyond basic bandages and ointments, facility first aid kits must wait at the ready to address a broad range of potential injuries and incidents. Their contents may vary by location, industry and work conditions, but all must be well maintained and easy to access. The ISEA regulations help ensure that workplaces are prepared for any situation.

Kit Classes

The ISEA standards distinguish between two main types of first aid kits: Class A and Class B.

Class A: Class A kits are more general and can cover a range of common, usually minor, workplace incidents.

Class B: Kits in the Class B group contain a broader array of contents to address more specific injuries in specialized industries or high-risk facilities.

Kit Containers

The ISEA standards group first aid containers into four types (I, II, III, IV) to help facilities make practical choices based on their intended use and work environment.

Type I: This type of container should be wall-mounted and stationary. It is used for general, indoor workplaces and facilities across a wide range of industries.

Type II: This type of kit is also meant for indoor use, but is contained in compact packaging that can be transported to the injured party. These are intended for lighter use, where normal wear and tear wouldn’t damage the container or its contents.

Type III: These are portable kits meant for indoor/outdoor use, as long as there is little exposure to the elements or rough handling. The container should have waterproof sealing and should be able to be mounted if necessary.

Type IV: Meant for portable or stationary use in a mobile or outdoor setting, these are more rugged containers that can be mounted in a vehicle or outdoor space, and should be corrosion, moisture, and impact resistant.

Kit Contents

While color-coding isn’t mandated in the ISEA regulations, it is recommended and can be helpful when speed in finding supplies is a factor. Recommended color groups are:

  • Blue for antiseptics
  • Yellow for bandages and wraps
  • Red for burn ointments, gel packs, and gauze
  • Orange for personal protective equipment like safety glasses and gloves
  • Green for miscellaneous items

The ISEA standards provide a comprehensive list of products that should be available for each class and type of first aid kit. Check out our First Aid Refill Guide to keep your refills compliant and employees safe. Need help? Work with Ferguson Facilities Supply to identify the first aid supplies you need.

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