What is ANSI? The American National Standards Institute

06/03/24 By Emily Miller

ANSI is The American National Standards Institute and sets guidelines to ensure products and services in the U.S. are safe, reliable, and of high quality. ANSI doesn’t make the standards themselves but coordinates the efforts of different groups and companies to develop them. The standards help with consistency and ensure everything works well together, promoting safety and efficiency in various fields.

At Safetec of America, we are committed to practicing and following all safety standards in the workplace so we can produce the products that companies need to comply with safety standards themselves.

What does ANSI do?

One of the main components of ANSI is ISEA Z308.1-2015, which is the guide that establishes minimum performance, size, and quantity requirements for first aid kits as well as the different types of supplies that need to be in them for various work environments.

Compliant first aid kits, according to ANSI standards, are broken down into two categories, Class A or Class B, based on the anticipated number of users, the work environment, and the potential level of hazards.

  1. Class A
    • Purpose: Provides a basic range of products for common workplace injuries such as major wounds, minor wounds (cuts and abrasions), minor burns, and eye injuries.
    • Use: Suitable for workplaces with a smaller number of employees and fewer hazards.
  2.  Class B
    • Purpose: Offers a broader range and greater quantity of supplies aimed to treat injuries in a more populated, complex, and high-risk workplace.
    • Use: Designed for workplaces with higher risks and a larger number of employees.

How can Safetec help?

At Safetec, we manufacture a variety of products that comply with ANSI standards to ensure workplace safety. Our antibiotic ointments, antiseptic, burn treatment, and hand sanitizer lines meet the requirements set by ANSI, as listed below:

  • Section 6.4: Each antibiotic application shall be packaged in individual-use, non-reusable applications containing at least 0.14 fl oz (0.5 g).
  • Section 6.5: Each antiseptic shall be contained in an individual use, non-reusable application containing at least 0.14 fl oz (0.5 g) of antiseptic.
  • Section 6.7: Each burn treatment shall be a water-soluble compound packaged in individual-use applications containing at least 0.9 g.
  • Section 6.14: Hand sanitizers shall be water-soluble with a minimum of 62% ethyl alcohol as the active ingredient and must contain at least 0.9 g.

With our range of compliant products, we can ensure that the products you need to fill your workplace first aid kits meet ANSI standards—helping you maintain a safe and prepared work environment. Shop all our ANSI products, here.

Located in Buffalo, N.Y., Safetec has been a leading manufacturer of first aid, over-the-counter, and infection control products for over 30 years. We are an FDA regulated facility and maintain a UL GMP certification*. With our commitment to safety standards and regulations, we aim to produce high-quality products that are reliable, effective, and safe.

Find more information on our ANSI compliance here.

*Management System Certified by UL with regard to  21 CFR Parts 210/211