Are Businesses Required By Law To Have A First Aid Kit?
Updated: Oct 21, 2022
Yes. Are we saying this just because we sell first aid kits? No.
In the United States, companies must follow laws and regulations to protect their employees reasonably. The federal government has a division called OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Administration) to enforce these laws.
OSHA regulation 1910.151b says a company must have a first aid kit to treat employee injuries. However, a kit is not required if a business is located next to a hospital.
Another way to say that is, "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available."-osha.gov. Aren't you glad we summarized this law above?
Now that you learned your business is required to have first aid supplies, the question remains what supplies are needed? OSHA uses the ANSI (American National Safety Institute) standards. ANSI lists about twenty items.
You might think it sounds easy to maintain a first aid kit at a business. Just Google the regulation and buy those products. Here is where every company makes a mistake. The law is complicated. For instance, if you read the fine print, the list on OSHA's website for Class A and Class B is for companies with only three employees. We've seen companies with fifty employees purchase a kit designed for three people and wonder why they always run out of products.
At Alpha Bravo First Aid we will customize the perfect solution for your company. Successful businesses don't file their own taxes; they hire an accountant. And successful companies don't manage their own first aid kit; they hire Alpha Bravo First Aid. Every mandatory kit item has specific requirements, just like every tax law. Bandages must be a certain length, and eyewash must be a certain weight. Fortunately, we automatically customize your kit to exceed OSHA standards. We've never had a single customer face an OSHA fine. That's why we tell our customers they can "Sit back and enjoy the safety."