New ANSI Standards

The American National Standards Institute (commonly referred to as ANSI) has released its new standards on workplace first aid kits. Within these new standards,  a major distinction between two kinds of kits has been made:

  • Class A Kits are designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries.
  • Class B Kits are designed for complex or high-risk workplaces, with a broader range and quantity of supplies.

Under this new standard, every workplace has to decide, based on number of employees, present workplace hazards, and risks associated with work to determine which class of first aid kit would be appropriate. Below are the standard minimum contents of each class of kit:

Class A First Aid Kit

Quantity Minimum Required Size
(16) Adhesive Bandages 1″ x 3″
(1) Adhesive Tape 2.5 Yards
(10) Antibiotic Applications 1/57 oz
(10) Antiseptic Applications 1/57 oz
(1) Breathing Barrier
(1) Gel-Soaked Burn Dressing 4″ x 4″
(10) Burn Treatments
(1) Cold Pack 4″ x 5″
(2) Eye Coverings With Means of Attachment 2.9″ sq
(1) Eye/Skin Wash 1 fl. oz
(1) First Aid Guide
(6) Hand Sanitizer Applications 1/32 oz
(2 Pairs) Medical Exam Gloves
(1) Roller Bandage 2″ x 4 Yards
(1) Scissors
(2) Sterile Pads 3″ x 3″
(2) Trauma Pads 5″ x 9″
(1) Triangular Bandage 40″ x 40″ x 56″

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Class B First Aid Kit

Quantity Minimum Required Size
(50) Adhesive Bandages 1″ x 3″
(2) Adhesive Tapes 2.5 Yards
(25) Antibiotic Applications 1/57 oz
(50) Antiseptic Applications 1/57 oz
(1) Breathing Barrier
(2) Gel-Soaked Burn Dressings 4″ x 4″
(25) Burn Treatments
(2) Cold Packs 4″ x 5″
(2) Eye Coverings With Means of Attachment 2.9″ sq
(1) Eye/Skin Wash 4 fl. oz
(1) First Aid Guide
(10) Hand Sanitizer Applications 1/32 oz
(4 Pairs) Medical Exam Gloves
(1) Padded Splint 4″ x 24″
(2) Roller Bandage 2″ x 4 Yards
(1) Roller Bandage 4″ x 4 Yards
(1) Scissors
(4) Sterile Pads 3″ x 3″
(1) Tourniquet 1″ (width)
(4) Trauma Pads 5″ x 9″
(2) Triangular Bandages 40″ x 40″ x 56″

Buy everything you need here.

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Beware!

Last Tuesday, we at www.thecuresafety.com sold our first cryptozoological signage
product: “Beware The Wood Ape”!NMC Proof for CU-91706

It turns out, the definition of “safety” is broader than we ever anticipated. Today we’re helping to warn people of errant sasquatches. Tomorrow, we may start offering chupacabra-handling gloves.

Stay posted!

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Safety Quotes

National Safety Month is fast approaching! Get thinking about safety with these memorable, quotable words of wisdom!

  • Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. ~William Shakespeare
  • For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~Eleanor Everet
  • Safety doesn’t happen by accident. ~Author Unknown
  • “Safety First” is “Safety Always.” ~Charles M. Hayes
  • Better a thousand times careful than once dead. ~Proverb
  • Precaution is better than cure. ~Edward Coke
  • Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy. ~Author Unknown
  • Safety means first aid to the uninjured. ~Author Unknown
  • Accidents, and particularly street and highway accidents, do not happen – they are caused. ~Ernest Greenwood
  • Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent. ~Author Unknown
  • Chance takers are accident makers. ~Author Unknown
  • Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car. ~Author Unknown
  • It’s better to crash into a nap than to nap into a crash. ~Author Unknown
  • Luck runs out but safety is good for life. ~Author Unknown
  • Accidents hurt – safety doesn’t. ~Author Unknown
  • Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it. ~Author Unknown
  • The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense. ~Author Unknown
  • Working without safety is a dead-end job. ~Author Unknown
  • Know safety, no injury. No safety, know injury. ~Author Unknown
  • We now have unshakable conviction that accident causes are man-made and that a man made problem can be solved by men and women. ~W.H. Cameron
  • Carelessness doesn’t bounce; it shatters. ~Hartman Jule
  • Safety never takes a holiday. ~Author Unknown
  • When you gamble with safety, you bet your life. ~Author Unknown
  • While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work. ~Author Unknown
  • Hearing protection is a sound investment. ~Author Unknown
  • To learn about eye protection, ask someone who has one. ~Author Unknown
  • Your safety gears are between your ears. ~Author Unknown
  • Personal protective equipment is self-defense. ~Author Unknown
  • Tomorrow – your reward for working safely today. ~Author Unknown
  • Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches. ~Author Unknown
  • Don’t learn safety by accident. ~Author Unknown
  • Safety is as simple as ABC – Always Be Careful. ~Author Unknown
  • Safety isn’t expensive, its priceless. ~Author Unknown
  • Be alert! Accidents hurt. ~Author Unknown
  • Better dead sure than sure dead. ~Author Unknown
  • Wishing won’t keep you safe – safety will. ~Author Unknown
  • Working safely is like breathing – if you don’t, you die. ~Author Unknown
  • The safest risk is the one you didn’t take. ~Author Unknown
  • Safety isn’t just a slogan, it’s a way of life. ~Author Unknown
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Omaha, NE 68106
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New Labor Laws

Mininum Wage Changes

What’s Changed?

New Labor Laws have gone into effect this year, including new minimum wage levels, workers’ compensation requirements, equal pay standards, sick leave requirements, and pregnancy accommodation rights. These changes vary from state to state. The most common of these changes is a change in minimum wage levels.

Who’s Affected?

Federal Labor Laws have remained the same, but many State Labor Laws have been changed in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
All-In-One Federal/State Labor Law Poster

To stay in compliance, you can order your
All-In-One Federal/State Poster today. For more information, visit The Department of Labor’s website.

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Omaha, NE 68106

(402) 553-8816

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Compliance & Exchange Program

NEW Compliance & Exchange Program

The Cure, Inc. has started a new program to ensure that your business stays in compliance, while minimizing the work you do and the money you spend to do so. Check out this video that explains how:

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Heat Exposure

With Midwest temperatures approaching 100° F (37.7° C), this seems a good time to brush up on heat exposure symptoms and treatment to stay safe in the heat.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Extended exposure to hot, humid environments can overwhelm the body’s ability to cool itself down.  It is important to recognize and to treat the symptoms of heat illness early to prevent a victim from progressing to heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion

Develops when the body encounters high temperatures it is not used to.  It can look like many other common illnesses.

Signs and Symptoms

Early

  • Heavy Sweating
  • Thirst
  • Minor muscle “twitches” that progress to painful cramping

Late

  • Pale, cool, and moist skin
  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Weakness/dizziness
  • Feels faint or collapses

First Aid

  • Assess the victim
  • Alert EMS by calling 9-1-1
  • Check the victim’s circulation, airway and breathing
  • If responsive, have the victim lie down in a shady, cool place
  • Loosen or remove excess clothing
  • Give cool water to sip
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to the victim’s skin
  • Use a fan to lower the victim’s body temperature
  • Place cold compresses on the victim’s neck, groin and armpits

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke, where the body temperature is in excess of 105° F (40.5° C), is a true, life-threatening medical emergency.  Such a high body temperature can quickly cause permanent damage to the organs, including the brain and spinal cord.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Decreasing mental status (confusion, hallucinations, bizarre behavior)
  • Very warm, or even hot, skin temperature (heavy sweating may be present)
  • Seizure
  • Unconsciousness

First Aid

  • Assess the victim
  • Alert EMS by calling 9-1-1
  • Check the victim’s circulation, airway and breathing
  • Begin aggressive cooling with any resources available
  • Spray or pour water on the victim and fan him/her
  • Apply ice packs to the victim’s neck, groin and armpits and/or cover the victim with a wet sheet

If unresponsive:

  •  Place the victim on his/her side in the recovery position to protect the airway
  • Provide continuous cooling until EMS arrives (with rapid cooling and medical treatment, survival rates approach 90%)
  • Do not give the victim anything by mouth if vomiting or unconscious
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Free Safety Meeting

General Industry Resource DiskBelow is a link to a downloadable safety program (PDF) on the subject of bloodborne pathogen safety, including information on methods of transmission, universal precautions and protective equipment, along with a short BBP quiz and a training roster.  This sample safety meeting is available for free, but if you want to see more like this, we are also offering a General Industry Safety Resource Disk  filled with 52 safety meetings on subjects ranging from Ergonomics to H1N1 Flu.

Free Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Meeting

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