Indiana First Aid: What you need to know

Indiana's health and safety code has adopted the occupational first-aid standards of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) (IN Code Sec. 22-8-1.1-1 et seq.). Federal OSH Act standards govern occupational health and safety in both private and public (state and local government) sector workplaces.There is additional information and a detailed discussion. Please see the national First Aid section.

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In addition to standards that govern first-aid procedures in the workplace, OSHA sets strict guidelines for the handling of human blood (to prevent the spread of disease via bloodborne pathogens). In general, employers would be wise to treat all human blood as contagious. The OSHA standard requires employers of any employees with a "reasonably anticipated" risk of exposure to blood to develop a written plan to control exposure, detailing training and other precautionary procedures, engineering and work practice controls, steps to take in case of an emergency, and first-aid procedures. Employers must provide adequate hand-washing facilities and require individuals in the workplace to wash hands or other body parts immediately after skin has come in contact with blood. Employers must also provide antiseptic cleansers and clean towels and must require individuals to remove garments if they are penetrated and to clean blood spills immediately (29 CFR 1910.1030).

Effective April 18, 2001, OSHA has revised its bloodborne pathogens standard in an attempt to reduce the number of accidental needlesticks and sharps injuries in the health care industry. The revisions require hospitals and other health care facilities to identify and provide safer ...

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