Ohio First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

Ohio 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. Ohio does not have its own occupational safety and health plan for private employers (private businesses, commercial establishments, and nonprofit organizations). Therefore, in the private sector, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace health and safety.

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Note: Failure to comply with the first-aid requirements of the OSH Act is among the top 10 violations cited by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Please see the national First Aid section.

State safety and health laws, which adopt the federal first-aid standards by reference, govern public sector workplaces (public schools, commissions, and state, county, and local government offices and operations except fire-fighters, police, and paramedics). Therefore, federal first-aid requirements must be followed. Please see the Ohio OSHA section.

Anyone who administers emergency care or treatment (including healthcare providers, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers, or firefighters) outside of a hospital, doctor's office, or other place that maintains proper medical equipment, is immune from liability for acts they may have performed in providing such emergency care; there is an exception if these acts constitute willful or wanton misconduct. Protection from liability extends to people giving emergency aid or advice regarding the prevention of an imminent release or cleanup of hazardous material; it does not apply if first ...


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