Colorado First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

Colorado First Aid: What you need to know

Employers are responsible for making decisions about the details of emergency medical care in their workplaces, depending upon the size of the workplace, the kinds of hazards present, the history of accidents, and the costs of various options. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Colorado workplace safety and health in the private (businesses and nonprofit organizations) sector, requires every employer to ensure that medical personnel are readily available for advice and consultation and that when an infirmary, clinic, or hospital is not within close proximity to the workplace, there is at least one individual who is adequately trained to administer first aid (29 CFR 1910.151). Please see the national First Aid section.

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There are no state laws or regulations that govern workplace safety and health in the public sector (state and local offices and operations, school systems, commissions, etc.) in Colorado. Therefore, there are no first-aid requirements for public sector workplaces, except those that may be required under county or municipal codes.

Any person, including surgeons and physicians, who provides emergency care in good faith at the scene of an emergency or accident, including a healthcare institution, is immune from civil liability for acts that they may have performed (or omitted) in providing such care. However, the law includes an exception to this immunity if the acts or omissions amount to gross negligence or willful and wanton conduct. This immunity from liability does not extend to employees trained in health care that render emergency care for pay or with the expectation of being paid (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. ...

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