New York First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

New York First Aid: What you need to know

New York does not have its own occupational safety and health regulatory program for private sector employers. Therefore, in the private sector, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace health and safety. Public sector (state and local government offices and operations) workplaces are governed by state occupational safety and health rules administered by the New York Department of Labor/Division of Safety and Health. New York has adopted the federal workplace medical treatment and first-aid requirements for general industry by reference (NY Code R. and Regs. Tit. 12 Sec. 800.3). There is additional information and a detailed discussion. Please see the national First Aid section.

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In addition to standards that govern first-aid procedures in the workplace, OSHA sets strict guidelines for the handling of human blood (to prevent the spread of disease via bloodborne pathogens).

No person who gratuitously and voluntarily renders first aid or emergency treatment at the scene of the emergency will be liable in a suit for damages resulting from acts or omissions relating to the treatment unless the injuries or death were caused by the person's gross negligence (NY Pub. Health Sec. 3000-a).


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