First Aid: What you need to know


First aid generally includes any onetime treatment and follow-up for minor injuries, including cuts, abrasions, bruises, first-degree burns, sprains, and splinters, plus emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in close proximity to the workplace, one or several workers must be properly trained to administer basic first aid, including CPR. There must be a well-stocked first-aid kit accessible to all employees. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not require employers to record injuries that require only first aid on OSHA injury and illness 300 forms. The Agency encourages the placement and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace. Employers that designate one or more employees to administer first aid as part of their job duties must comply with the requirements of the bloodborne pathogens rule.

29 CFR 1904.7(b)(5)(ii)
For safety safety a Limited Time receive a FREE Safety Special Report on the "50 Tips For More-Effective Safety Training."  Receive 75 pages of useful safety information broken down into three training sections. Download Now

For purposes of defining first aid to determine if an injury or illness is recordable under OSHA rules, OSHA defines a nonrecordable injury requiring first aid and not professional medical treatment as:

  • Using nonprescription medications at nonprescription strength
  • Administering tetanus immunizations
  • Cleaning, flushing, or soaking wounds on the skin surface
  • Using wound coverings—such as a bandage, Band-Aid®, or gauze pad—or using Steri-Strips or butterfly bandages
  • Using hot or cold therapy
  • Using any totally nonrigid means of support, such as elastic bandages, wraps, or nonrigid back belts
  • Using temporary immobilization devices while transporting an accident victim (splints, slings, neck collars, or backboards)
  • Drilling a fingernail or toenail to relieve ...

>> Read more about First Aid

More on this topic:


State Requirements

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming |

First Aid Resources

First Aid Products

Safety.BLR.com - Making Safety Training and Compliance Easier
Safety training and compliance just got easier. You get easy access to hundreds of training solutions, easy-to-understand regulatory analysis, analysis of federal and state full-text regs, regulatory activity, news, and best practices. Safety.BLR.com - your online safety solution."
EHS Real-Life Answers: Emergency Planning & Response
HR Real Life Answers cover Emergency Planning and Response
Looking for:
  • Q & A fast format?
  • Instant Access?
  • Learn about & benefit from your colleague's experiences?
  • Answers you can trust?
  • First Aid Pocket Guide
    A co-worker falls. He seems to have a head injury and is bleeding. Do you move him? Do you touch him? Where is the first-aid kit? Quick thinking is critical when there’s an accident. Keep everyone informed on what to do when someone gets hurt so they can make the right decisions -- and feel good about knowing what to do in a medical emergency. This booklet helps prepare everyone for the next workplace injury."
    Audio Click 'n Train: Bloodborne Pathogens - First Aid/Maintenance
    Complete Audio PowerPoint training meeting makes it easy to deliver bloodborne pathogens training. This ready-to-deliver meeting gives you effective toolbox training - no preparation required! Includes meeting outlines, customizable PowerPoint slides, handouts, and quizzes."
    What You Should Know About First Aid
    Every second counts when employees react to an accident. This illustrated booklet teaches basic awareness for bleeding, choking, heart attack, broken bones, eye injuries, electric shock, chemical exposure, burns, and much more."
    Free Special Reports
    Get Your FREE Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
    Featured Special Report
    Claim Your Free Copy of 50 Tips For More Effective Safety Training

    Each Safety topic delivers effective training, including train the trainer preparation tips on blended learning programs, multilingual training, and computer-based training.
    Download Now!

    Covering Safety awareness in:
    • Back Safety
    • Bloodborne Pathogens Safety
    • Forklift Safety
    • Hazardous Waste Operations
    • Lockout/Tagout
    • Sexual Harassment and Safety
    • Violence in the Workplace
    The report also provides special event and awareness tips like:
    • National Safety Month
    • National Fire Prevention Week
    • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    This is a time- and work-saving reference packed with effective training information.

    Download Now!