When OSHA was established April 28, 1971 a new industry was born. By 1974, Federal regulations for health & safety standards were established, paving the way for mobile first aid companies to market their services with the support of OSHA’s 1910.151 medical services and first aid standard. The mobile first service industry flourished during the 70’s and 80’s while helping manufacturers stay compliant with these new regulations from the federal government.
Much has changed since 1974. Health & safety practices have developed over time, include more employee feedback and participation. Unfortunately, many of the mobile first aid service processes are still very much the same as they were 45 years ago and they come with a significant cost. With the new ANSI standards and updated First Aid Kits that offer smart compliance, it is easy and cost effective to bring the maintenance of these kits inhouse.
Here are our 5 reasons to fire your first aid service.
1. A sales person is making the spending decisions.
Most mobile first aid representative is a salesperson who is paid on commission. The more they sell, the more they earn. Quotas and incentives to sell are standard practice in this industry. Do you really need the items they are selling you?
2. Save 50 - 75% of the cost.
Paying hundreds of dollars every month adds up significantly. The cost for a service includes the drivers salary plus commission, vehicle costs, insurance, plus the cost of the product. You can easily reduce your costs by 50-75% when you maintain the cabinets yourself. Check your invoices, you are charged a monthly service charge even if nothing needs to be replaced.
3. Your paying them to do the job right - but are they?
Have you looked inside the cabinets and confirmed that the appropriate supplies are there? Have you given them a list of items you want them to maintain and are they following your wishes? Is what is there more than what you really need?
4. Invoice & billing practices.
Take a close look at your invoice and you will discover that specific quantities are usually not included for medicines, bandages and ointments. Vague product descriptions and quantities are common in this industry. Descriptions like "small box" are done intentionally to allow services to reap profits and make it difficult to do a product comparison or know how much your are really paying for the products.
5. Be a part of the process.
When a service maintains your first aid supplies you are distanced from the process. It is important to know what injuries are taking place so that training and awareness can be improved. Did you know, that companies where an employee monitors and maintains the supplies lower the number of accidents? Less accidents mean even greater savings!
Twist OP has several options to help you maintain your supplies. With only a few minutes a mont you can reap the savings and benefits of maintaining first aid supplies yourself. If you are interested in learning more about maintaining your own supplies, call your sales rep and set up an appointment to have our Facilities Specialist help set up a program and get you started today.
Do you understand ANSI Compliance? We do!
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), approximately three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses are reported each year. To help prevent minor injuries from becoming more serious, OSHA requires that first aid supplies be readily available to treat minor injuries that occur in the workplace.
OSHA’s medical service and first aid regulation, 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states: “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.” First aid kits are designed to deal with common workplace injuries including major and minor wounds, minor burns, sprains, strains and eye injuries.
ANSI, the American National Standards Institute has established the minimum requirements for first aid supplies necessary for the workplace and OSHA enforces those requirements. It’s important to note that ensuring that your first aid cabinets meet the standard is the employer’s responsibility. It’s easy to be compliant with this easy 3 step guideline.
1. Determine the type of ANSI Kit that fits your office needs.
2. Select the appropriate type of kit.
3. Maintain and refill your kits as needed.
1. Determine the type of ANSI Kit that fits your office needs.
Based on the ANSI Z308.1-2015 standard, ANSI has created two different classes of first aid kits. Class A and Class B Kits are classified based on the assortment and quantity of first aid supplies intended to deal with most types of injuries and sudden illnesses that may be encountered in the workplace. These may include major and minor wounds; minor burns; sprains and strains; and eye injuries. The quantity and size specifications given are the minimum necessary to comply with the 2015 standard, the most recent standard available. As each work environment is unique, it is expected that the contents of each kit will be supplemented as needed.
Class A - Common workplace injuries like minor cuts, scrapes, abrasions, burns and strains are included. Typically, a smaller size facility that does not have a potential for more high-risk injury type work. It may look like this example here to the right. This is a plastic box with a rubber seal to keep moisture out. The contents are the exact specifications for Class A first aid kits. See below for list of contents required.
Class B - Workplace injuries that are more high-risk or larger facilities where the chances of injury increases fall into this class. There are more types and quantities of supplies meant to deal with environments where injury risks are more prone. This example is a metal industrial 2 shelf type box that is designed to be mounted on a wall. See below for list of contents required.
2. Select the Appropriate Kit
Based on your work environment, the appropriate type of container should be selected. ANSI has addressed the types of containers based on indoor or outdoor use and are classified by portability, ability to be mounted, resistance to water, and corrosion and impact resistance. Four types are identified:
Type I: Intended for use in stationary, indoor applications where kit contents have minimal potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling. These kits are not intended to be portable and should have a means for mounting in a fixed position. Some applications for Type I first aid kits are general indoor use, office use or use in a manufacturing facility. First aid cabinets would generally fall into this type.
Type II: Intended for use in portable indoor applications where the potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling is minimal. These kits should be equipped with a carrying handle. Some applications for Type II first aid kits are general indoor use, or use in office or manufacturing environments.
Type III: Intended for portable use in mobile indoor and/or outdoor settings where the potential for damage due to environmental factors is not probable. Kits should have the means to be mounted and have a water resistant seal. Typical applications include general indoor use and sheltered outdoor use.
Type IV: Intended for portable use in mobile industries and/or outdoor applications where the potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling is significant. Typical applications include the transportation industry, utility industry, construction industry and the armed forces.
It isn't complicated. In most cases your facility will use a wall mounted first aid kit. It does not need to be water-resistant or proof unless there is a risk of water exposure. If you are placing kits in a vehicle or construction site gang box, a portable kit that is water resistant would be required. Again, if you know water will be present, a water resistant or waterproof container is required. Marine or pool activities are ideal for this type of kit and a class A list is almost always used for these types of environments.
3. Maintain & Refill Your Kit
This too is very simple and something that can be done yourself. Overhead for a first aid service includes drivers salary & commission, vehicle costs, insurance, cost of the product and several other factors. These services are the most expensive option for maintaining your first aid kit. You can easily reduce your cost by 50-75% when you maintain the first aid cabinets yourself. If your monthly invoice from your service is 150 dollars, you can expect to pay about 70 dollars when you do it yourself.
We offer Smart Compliance kits by FirstAid Only brand designed to make it easy to see when a supply needs to be refilled. Ask your Twist Rep today for more information.
Class A Class B
16 Adhesive Bandages, 1" x 3" 50 Adhesive Bandages, 1" x 3"
1 Adhesive Tape 2.5 yards 2 Adhesive Tape 2.5 yards
10 Antiseptic, 0.14 fl. oz (0.5g) applications 50 Antiseptic, 0.14 fl. oz (0.5g) applications
10 Antibiotic Treatment Application 1/57 25 Antibiotic Treatment Application,1/57 oz.
1 Breathing Barrier 1 Breathing Barrier
1 Burn Dressing, Gel Soaked, 4" x 4" 2 Burn Dressing, Gel Soaked, 4" x 4"
10 Burn Treatment, 1/32 oz. 25 Burn Treatment, 1/32 oz.
1 Cold Pack 2 Cold Pack
2 Eye Covering 2 Eye Covering
1 Eye Wash, 1 oz. 1 Eye Wash, 4 oz.
1 First Aid Guide 1 First Aid Guide
6 Hand Sanitizer, 0.9g 10 Hand Sanitizer, 0.9g
2 Pair Exam Gloves 4 Pair Exam Gloves
1 Roller Bandage, 2" x 4 yards 2 Roller Bandage, 2" x 4 yards
1 Scissors 1 Scissors
2 Sterile Pads, 5" x 9" 1 Splint, minimum 4" x 24"
2 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9" Sterile Pad, 3" x 3"
1 Triangular Bandage, 40" x 40" x 56" 1 Tourniquet
4 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
2 Triangular Bandage, 40" x 40"
Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22nd. Although Earth Day lands on a weekend this year, there's no reason not to celebrate it all workweek long! Here are 5 ideas to help you celebrate Earth Day at your company this upcoming week.
1. Start Green Initiatives
If you currently don't have any initiatives in place to promote a more eco-friendly office, now is the perfect time to get started!
2. Start A Company Garden
While no one has a good count on the number of gardens planted next to employer parking lots and in corners of office parks in the last couple of years, growth has been fueled largely by growing interest in employee wellness and an effort to give workers a low-cost benefit A company garden can be a fun way to get employees outside and help relieve some stress. It's also a great way to get some exercise. Create a competition between employees or departments by creating "Adopt-a-spot" area. These areas may include flowers as well as produce and herbs to beautify the outside of your office.
3. Add Plants in the Office
Plants are more than just beautiful decor. In fact, studies have shown they help reduce stress, enhance employee attitudes, increase productivity, and improve air quality. Spaces can be transformed without spending a lot of money by just adding a few plants here and there. The space becomes more welcoming and beautiful with the addition of plants. Variety of foliage, colour and shape of leaves also add drama to the surroundings.”
4. Do Some Outdoor Cleanup
Chances are, your office probably has a bit of litter in the parking lot, walkways, or other outdoor areas. Assemble a team of volunteers to help clean up the trash around the building for 10-15 minutes each day of the week. It's an easy way to help employees spend some time outside, not to mention how much better you will feel when you don't see the garbage!
5. Start A Wellness Challenge.
Use Earth Day to launch a new wellness challenge. Reward employees who participate and complete these challenges.
Some of our favorite ideas;