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This topic covers first aid, which is defined as any one-time treatment and follow-up for minor injuries, including cuts, abrasions, bruises, first-degree burns, sprains, and splinters, as well as emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

One or several workers should be properly trained to administer basic first aid, including CPR, and workplaces should contain a well-stocked first-aid kit accessible to all employees. OSHA does not consider injuries requiring only first aid to be recordable injuries under its injury recordkeeping rule. Any employer who designates one or more employees to administer first aid must comply with OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens rule.

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Interpretations Medical services and first aid.(1910.151) 10/05/1992National
Directives 03/08/1982 - STD 01-08-002 [STD 1-8.2] - 29 CFR 1910.151(c), Medical Services and First Aid; 29 CFR 1926.50 and .51, Medical Service and First Aid, and .. 07/16/2003National
Directives 06/26/2007 - [07-04 (CPL 02)] - Cancellation of OSHA Instruction CPL 02-02-053 Guidelines for First Aid Training Programs 06/26/2007National
Directives 11/27/2001 - Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens 07/22/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for First Aid - General Industry  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for First Aid - General Industry  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.151 Medical services and first aid  National
Policies Accidents and Injuries - Standard Policy (Word)  National
Policies Accidents and Injuries - Standard Policy 2 (Word)  National
Policies Accidents and Injuries - Standard Policy 3 (Word)  National
Policies Accidents and Injuries Policy - Strict (Word)  National
Interpretations Additional clarification of using ANSI Z358.1 as guidance to comply with 1910.151(c). 11/01/2002National
Training Tips AEDs Save Lives!  National
Questions & Answers An employee got a gnat bite on her eyelid. We thought it was a spider bite, so we took her to Urgent Care. The doctor gave her a tetanus shot and released her back to work Is this an OSHA Recordable incident? 06/02/2009National
Questions & Answers An employee reports feeling ill, light-headed. Should the employee be allowed to rest or be sent for medical exam? 05/15/2014National
Interpretations ANSI Z358.1 guidance for complying with 1910.151(c) citation policy for eyewashes and showers.[1910.151(c)] 04/18/2002National
Questions & Answers Are companies required to have a "company doctor" that employees can go to in case of job injuries? 06/14/2010National
Questions & Answers Are there any legal issues regarding the keeping of pain relievers (aspirin or ibuprofen, etc.) as well as certain first-aid ointments in workplace first-aid cabinets that are accessible to all employees? 03/11/2010National
Questions & Answers Are there any specific OSHA requirements for on-site first aid rooms, equipment and/or personnel? 05/05/2008National
Policies Automated External Defibrillator Policy and Protocol  National
Handouts Automated External Defibrillators (PDF)  National
Quizzes Automated External Defibrillators (PDF)  National
Handouts Automated External Defibrillators (PDF)  National
Quizzes Automated External Defibrillators (PDF)  National
Quizzes Automated External Defibrillators (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Automated External Defibrillators (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Automated External Defibrillators (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Trainer's Outlines Automated External Defibrillators (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Handouts Basic First Aid (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Basic First Aid (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Basic First Aid (PDF)  National
Speaker's Notes Basic First Aid (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Basic First Aid (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Basic First Aid (PPT)  National
Quizzes Basic First Aid (Word)  National
Audio Presentations Basic first aid for medical emergencies  National
Training Tips Basic First-Aid Practices Can Save Lives  National
Meetings Burns (Word)  National
Quizzes Burns Quiz (Word)  National
Interpretations Clarification of "in near proximity" and OSHA's discretion in enforcing first aid requirements in particular cases. [1910.151; 1910.151(b); 1910.266; 1910.266(i)(7); 1910.269; 1910.269(b); 1926.50; 1926.50(c)] 03/23/2007National
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