Connecticut First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

Connecticut 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. Connecticut has not received federal approval to administer its own occupational safety and health rules for private sector workplaces (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). A detailed discussion of workplace first-aid requirements is available. Please see the national First Aid section.

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The state has received approval to administer its own workplace safety and health rules, including first aid, in the public sector (government offices and operations). The state has adopted the federal first-aid regulations by reference.

Under state law, any commercial or industrial facility that provides health service beyond first aid ("emergency treatment given by a nonmedical person until medical aid is provided") must register and be licensed by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Connecticut law (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 52-557b) provides immunity from liability for emergency medical assistance or first aid provided voluntarily by:

  • Licensed medical doctors or nurses (as well as certain other medical professionals) outside the normal scope of their employment;
  • Paid or volunteer firemen, police, teachers, lifeguards, and ambulance personnel who have completed requisite first-aid training; and
  • Other persons trained in CPR in accordance with standards set forth by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

This law protects people rendering first aid, assuming they act within the scope of their ...

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