Kentucky First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

Kentucky 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. Kentucky's state health and safety code, applicable to private and public sector workplaces, has adopted its own first-aid rules under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Kentucky OSH Act) (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 338.011 et seq., KY Admin. Regs. Tit. 803 Sec. 2:310). The state's rules follow the requirements of federal rules, but are in some cases more stringent. Check your municipal codes for any additional local requirements.There is a detailed discussion of federal workplace first-aid requirements. Please see the national First Aid section.

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The state has adopted two requirements that are stricter than federal rules.

Employee first-aid training. State rules require that employers with eight or more employees in any single establishment, regardless of the distance from an infirmary, clinic, or hospital, must have one or more employees trained to administer first aid. Employees who work at the establishment less than 50 percent of the time should not be included in the count of total number of employees.

All other employers not within proximity to an infirmary, clinic, or hospital must have at least one employee trained in first aid.

Emergency drenching and flushing facilities. Where the eyes or body of a worker can be exposed to any corrosive material, facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body must be provided in the work area for immediate use. All drenching and flushing facilities must meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ...


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