When your workers enter the jobsite each day, they expect to leave in the same condition as they entered. Unfortunately, accidents can happen to even the most highly trained professionals, so you need to be prepared to properly handle these situations.
OSHA has created a list of medical and first aid regulations that all employers are required to follow. Complying with these guidelines is the only responsible way to ensure the health and safety of your hardworking team. Find out what you need to do to make your jobsite a safe place to work.
OSHA Medical and First Aid Regulations
As an employer, you are required to have proper medical and first aid provisions in place in case an accident happens and a worker needs immediate assistance. OSHA mandates include:
- Employers must have medical personnel readily available to offer advice and consultation on issues pertaining to plant health.
- If you don’t have an on-site infirmary or clinic — and if you’re not located near a hospital — you must have at least one CPR certified employee on staff. You’re also required to have an adequately stocked first aid kit.
- You must have proper equipment for emergency drenching and flushing of the eyes and body if there is even the slightest chance workers could be exposed to any harmful corrosive materials.
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Assembling a First Aid Kit
You want employees with any type of injury — no matter how big or small — to get the necessary treatment immediately. In addition to the basic first aid supplies you’re required by law to have at your worksite, it’s a good idea to stock up on a variety of provisions to have on hand in case they’re needed.
OSHA recommends contacting your local fire department, emergency room or a physician to seek advice on building a first aid kit tailored to the specific needs of your workforce. When the health and safety of your workers is at stake, there’s no such thing as being too cautious with your emergency preparations.
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