Workplace First Aid Programs

1/1/2009
OSHA Provides Guide for First Aid

OSHA Provides Guide To Developing Workplace First Aid Programs


There are a number of elements to include when planning a first aid program for a particular workplace. OSHA has issued a document to help employers and employees develop such programs: Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program.

"Workplace first-aid program is a key component of any comprehensive safety and health management system," said OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke. "Our new guide offers practical information on how to help employers plan and implement first-aid programs as well as effective training."

The guide details the primary components of a first-aid program at the workplace. Those elements include:

  • Identifying and assessing workplace risks. 
  • Designing an appropriate program
  • Instructing all workers about the program, including what to do if a coworker is injured or ill. 
  • Evaluating and modifying program to keep it current, including regular assessment of the first-aid training course.

The guide also includes best practices for planning and conducting safe and effective first-aid training. OSHA recommends that training courses include instruction in general and workplace hazard-specific knowledge and skills, incorporating automated external defibrillator (AED) training in to CPR training if an AED is available at the work site, and periodically repeat first-aid training to help maintain and update knowledge and skills.

The guide can be accessed at http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3317first-aid.pdf target="_tab"