Maryland First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

Maryland 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. Maryland has its own Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) plan and 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 the private and public sectors. There is a detailed discussion of workplace first-aid requirements. Please see the national First Aid section.

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A person (including anyone licensed to provide medical care, volunteer firefighter, volunteer ambulance or rescue squad member, or emergency medical services provider) who provides emergency care in good faith at the scene of an emergency or accident is immune from civil liability for acts they may have performed (or omitted) in providing such emergency care; there is an exception if these acts or omissions amount to gross negligence. This immunity from liability does not extend to those whose profession it is to render emergency care for pay or with the expectation of being paid (MD Code Cts. and Jud. Proc. Sec. 5-603).

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