West Virginia First Aid: What you need to know

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. West Virginia 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.

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West Virginia has adopted the federal workplace first-aid requirements for public sector (state government offices and operations) workplaces. The West Virginia Division of Labor administers the workplace safety and health program for state government employers. There is additional contact information. Please see the West Virginia OSHA section. There is no state or federal law that governs first aid in county or municipal government workplaces. Check your municipal codes for local requirements. There is additional information and a detailed discussion of workplace first-aid requirements in the private sector. Please see the national First Aid section.

No person (including a doctor or dentist) who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care at the scene of an accident or to a victim at the scene of a crime is liable for civil damages for acts or omissions that may result (WV Code Sec. 55-7-15).

No person trained in a qualified program of hazardous substance emergency response who in good faith gives advice or assistance without compensation (except for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses) at the scene of an actual or threatened discharge of any hazardous substance is liable for any ...

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