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ANSI Standards

ANSI Z308.1-1998, Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid

ANSI's first aid standard is a performance-based standard. Products are required to meet specific performance criteria. Kits in compliance will contain specific numbers of required items to treat major and minor wounds, minor burns and eye injuries.

Kits are classified into three types:

Type I

Intended use: stationary, indoor settings in a controlled environment

Potential for damage of kit contents: minimal

Requirements: minimum fill requirements and the means for mounting in a fixed position

Typical applications: general indoor use, offices, manufacturing facilities

Type II

Intended use: portable, indoor settings in a controlled environment

Potential for damage of kit contents: minimal

Requirements: minimum fill requirements, carrying handle, subjected to a drop test

Type III

Intended use: portable use outdoors and in mobile industries

Potential for damage of kit contents: significant

Requirements: moisture-resistant, corrosion-resistant, carrying handle; minimum fill requirements; means for mounting in fixed position; subjected to conditioning and drop tests

Typical applications: general outdoor use, mobile industries.

ANSI and Unitized Colors

OSHA CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATION 29 CFR 1910.134 (a) (2)

ANSI Z308.1-1998 necessarily imbues the standardization of colors on unitized refills. Bandages, antiseptics, burn treatment, PPE and miscellaneous items are intended to each have their own color. This standardization makes it easy to recognize each product promptly in emergency situations.