What Are OSHA's First Aid Training Requirements?

The team at OC Safety routinely provides companies of all sizes and types with on-site first aid training that is OSHA-compliant in and around Orange County and Santa Ana. If you're an employer who is considering providing your employees with on-site first aid training, you should be aware of OSHA's first aid training requirements so you can decide if you need to invest in this training or just instruct your workers to call 911 and wait for assistance to arrive. OC Safety offers on-site training for various industries including construction, aerospace, landscaping and agriculture. We also provide on-site training for the city of Santa Ana.

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Here are some of the OSHA's main requirements regarding companies providing first aid training. 

Medical Treatment Must Be Available for Your Employees 

Under OSHA's guidelines, employers must ensure that either medical treatment for all injured employees is in “near proximity” or that someone at the workplace is adequately trained to render first aid. Concerning what “near proximity” means, OSHA states that a workplace with a hazardous setting (factories, warehouses, etc.) must be within 3 to 4 minutes response time from medical services in case of serious hazards and injuries from:

  • Falls 
  • Suffocation
  • Electrocution 
  • Amputation 
  • Uncontrolled breathing 
  • Breathing cessation 
  • Cardiac arrest 

For employees in lower-hazard settings such as offices, OSHA states that up to a 15-minute response time could be acceptable.

First Aid Training Must Be Tailored to Your Work Site 

OSHA states that employers must ensure that the first aid training they provide employees is tailored to their work site. This means for example, if your employers work outdoors, they should receive first aid training that teaches them how to treat injuries arising from temperature extremes and how to respond heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

What First Aid Training Must Include 

First aid training that is OSHA compliant must include teaching workers how to administer one-time treatment for minor injuries including lacerations, abrasions, bruises, first-degree burns, sprains and splinters. 

You Must Be Aware of State-Specific Requirements

In addition to Federal OSHA first aid requirements, employers must also be aware of state-specific requirements. For example, Under California OSHA regulations, a consulting physician must approve an employer’s first aid materials in writing. You can learn more detailed information about OSHA's standards and regulations by visiting the official OSHA website. 

Contact OC Safety

Whether you need more information about OSHA first aid training requirements for your business or wish to sign up for on-site first aid training for your workers, the team at OC Safety is here for you! We will gladly answer any questions you may have so don't hesitate to contact us.

We encourage all employers to provide first aid training to their workers to ensure that people with injuries are given the help they need while waiting for emergency responders to arrive. It's important to remember that just one minute can make the difference between life and death so it's always best to have someone on staff trained in first aid just in case.

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