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First Aid on the Job

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Apr 1, 2013 12:41:00 PM

Many people are surprised to find out that there is actually an OSHA requirement for meeting first aid needs at job sites and in the workplace.  Smaller businesses seem to be the least aware of this requirement. But consider the facts and maybe the employers’ responsibility doesn’t seem so extraordinary. According to OSHA, 4,609 workers were killed on the job in 2011, and there were 2,986,500 total recordable cases; 908,300 cases resulted in days away from work.  The average time spent away from the job—8 days. That is substantial. Here’s a little more data: Cases involving sprains, strains, tears: 340,870; cases involving injuries to the back: 182,270; and cases involving falls, slips, trips: 225,550. That’s just in one year! Accidents can happen anywhere, but most people need to work and spend the majority of their time on the job. So is the picture a little clearer? Of course meeting first aid requirements should be mandated. But what does that mean?

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Topics: First Aid on the Job, First-Aid, Implement a First-Aid Training Program

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