Are your restaurants in compliance? Major changes take effect in May for business first aid kits

On June 17, minimum requirements for business first aid kit contents change substantially for the first time in seven years. One industry supplier of such kits said that the new rule will knock thousands of businesses, including restaurants, out of compliance with the American National Standards Institute rules for the medical supplies each company must have on site under U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.

Though OSHA names American National Standard Institute kits as compliant, this will no longer be the case for ANSI kits that were purchased to comply with 2009 standards, according to a news release. Adding to the confusion, many states have their own standards that either echo the federal minimums or set OSHA regulations as the low bar for required medical supplies on site.

Some businesses will need 145 new items

Depending on the type of business and number of employees, restaurateurs and managers will need to augment their current first aid kits with anywhere from a few dozen to 145 new items. Businesses that qualify to use class A ANSI first aid kits will need 22 more items, while Class B kits and cabinets will require 145 additional items.

If you should have any questions, please contact your HRI safety representative.

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