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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, issues standards to ensure workplace safety and uses a large staff of inspectors to make site checks to verify that their standards are being followed. OSHA has the ability to mandate fines for employers that ignore these safety standards.
OSHA has published Federal OSHA Regulation Standard 1910.151.b: which states that "adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available" in the workplace to treat minor injuries. Compliance is important on both a federal (30 states follow these guidelines) and state (22 states use a combined federal and state guideline regulation) level. By purchasing an OSHA-compliant or ANSI industrial first aid package, employers can have confidence they have satisfied the regulations and, more importantly, have adequate items on hand to treat most minor emergencies.
Along with supplies to treat every day occurrences, employers should consider companion kits designed to treat other emergencies, such as blood borne pathogen, personal protection, and CPR situations. Once again, whether certified as OSHA or ANSI compliant first aid kits, these packages will contain sufficient supplies to treat from 1 to 50 employees as needed.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|