Iowa First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

Iowa 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. Iowa has its own Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) rules; its first-aid requirements are identical to those of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Therefore, the federal OSH Act's standards govern workplace first-aid requirements in private and public sector workplaces. Consult the national FIRST AID analysis for a detailed discussion of workplace first-aid requirements.

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A person who provides emergency care voluntarily (i.e., without expectation of compensation or pay), in good faith, at the scene of an emergency or accident is immune from civil liability for acts or omissions that he or she may have performed in providing such care; there is an exception, however, to this immunity if the acts or omissions amount to recklessness.

This immunity from liability does not extend to employees trained in health care who render emergency care for pay or with the expectation of being paid (IA Code Sec. 613.17).

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