Posted on | May 16, 2012 | No Comments
The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has a multitude of workplace rules regarding safe work practices and workplace safety. Developed over the course of many years and based upon experiences in the workplace, the rules established by OSHA are designed to ensure minimum standards from employers with regard to safety and minimum levels of response from an employer when an emergency occurs.
29 CFR 1910.151 is the OSHA safety standard which addresses first aid and aims to ensure employees injured at work receive prompt care. The standard was originally issued in 1974 and starts by referring to care administered at “clinics” provided by the employer (or very near by) – a relic of the past for most companies. As an alternative to an employee clinic or infirmary employees trained in first aid must be available, along with adequate first aid supplies to provide care.
OSHA does not provide a lot of details about compliance with this standard, but here are some general guidelines:
- Identify employees to serve as first aid providers for the business. Employees should be certified in Basic First Aid. In addition, these employees should also receive annual bloodborne pathogens training because of the potential that these employees could be exposed to blood or other body fluids when administering first aid.
- Provide a first aid kit meeting at least the ANSI Z308 standard. This type of light industrial first aid kit includes basic bandaging and care supplies for use in a workplace setting. Be sure to go back through the OSHA logs from previous years to identify any special workplace risks or hazards that should be addressed in the first aid kit – standard kits don’t include specialized tools or supplies.
- If you use, service or maintain batteries or other types of corrosives make sure you have an eye wash station available.
- Assign a specific person in your business to regularly maintain the supplies in the first aid kit and also to check the eye wash station. Eye wash stations notoriously collect dust and dirt from the environment. Wipe down the eye wash station and keep it clean so it’s ready for use.
Wichita First Aid Training can help your business achieve compliance with First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens training and safety consulting. For larger operations or remote facilities, Wichita First Aid Training can also provide the new Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training which covers injuries and illnesses in greater detail providing response staff with more tools and capabilities. Use the “contact us” to send us your requirements or request an appointment to discuss training options. We look forward to serving you.