New Hampshire First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

New Hampshire 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. Private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplaces in New Hampshire are governed by the first-aid requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). New Hampshire has its own Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) plan that governs public sector (government offices and operations) workplaces. The state's first-aid requirements for the public sector are identical to those of the federal OSH Act. There is a detailed discussion of workplace first-aid requirements. Please see the national First Aid section.

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A person who gratuitously provides emergency care in good faith at the scene of an emergency, while in transit in a rescue vehicle, or to a victim of a crime or delinquent act, is immune from civil liability for acts or omissions that may have been performed in providing such care. However, the law includes an exception to this immunity if the acts or omissions amount to willful or wanton negligence. Any person rendering such care also has the duty to place the injured person under the care of a physician, nurse, or other qualified person as soon as possible, and to obey any instructions of the qualified person (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 508:12).


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