Illinois First Aid laws & HR compliance analysis

Illinois First Aid: What you need to know

Illinois law does not require the provision of first aid in the workplace, nor does the state have its own occupational safety and health plan for private employers. Therefore, in the private sector, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace health and safety. Public sector (state and local governments) employers are governed by the Illinois Health and Safety Act, which mirrors federal standards for first aid..
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Covered individuals who, without a fee and in good faith, render emergency care at the scene of an accident or emergency will not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission in rendering care except in a case of willful or wanton misconduct (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 745 Sec. 49/1et seq.).
The law is very detailed and protects a number of individuals, including:
• Persons giving emergency telephone instructions through a system established under the Emergency Telephone System Act
• Doctors
• Nurses
• Dentists
• Optometrists
• Podiatrists
• Veterinarians giving emergency care to humans
• Licensed respiratory care practitioners
• Physician's assistants
• Persons trailed in the use of an automatic external defibrillator
• Physical therapists
• Emergency medical technicians
• Certified persons providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation complying with generally recognized standards
• Law enforcement officers
• Fire personnel
• Employers and employees working on the same project

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Illinois First Aid Resources

Type Title
Checklists First-Aid Questionnaire
Handouts First Aid in the Workplace
PowerPoints Basic First Aid (PPT)
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