Florida First Aid: What you need to know

First aid generally includes any one-time treatment and follow-up for observation of minor injuries, including cuts, abrasions, bruises, first-degree burns, sprains, and splinters. At most workplaces, injuries or illnesses requiring only first aid are commonplace.

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The level of first-aid services maintained will depend on the hazards normally present at the worksite. Both the law and good common sense require at least a basic level of readiness. Florida does not have its own occupational safety and health regulatory program for private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers. Therefore, in the private sector, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act governs first-aid requirements. There are no first-aid regulatory requirements for public sector (government offices and operations) workplaces in Florida. Check your municipal codes for local requirements. A detailed discussion of workplace first-aid requirements in the private sector is available for consultation. Please see the national First Aid section.

No person (including a licensed medical practitioner) who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care or treatment at the scene of an accident, and without the objection of the injured victim, is liable for civil damages for acts or omissions that may result. Such immunity lasts only to the point where the patient is stabilized and is capable of receiving medical treatment as a nonemergency patient (FL Stat. Sec. 768.13).

Child care facilities. At a minimum, child care facilities must have the facility to perform first-aid treatment, emergency procedures, and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation. At ...

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