Wisconsin First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

Wisconsin 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. Wisconsin does not have its own occupational safety and health plan for private employers (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). Therefore, in the private sector, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace health and safety, including first-aid requirements.

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Note: Failure to comply with this requirement is among the top 10 violations cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). There is additional information and a detailed discussion of workplace first-aid requirements. Please see the national First Aid section.

Wisconsin does have safety and health statutes that regulate the public sector (WI Stat. Sec. 101.055; Sec. 101.11). The law's first-aid standards are identical to those of the federal OSH Act. The law is administered by the Department of Commerce/Safety and Buildings Division.

Employees of community-based residential facilities, often referred to as group homes, must receive basic first-aid training within 90 days of beginning work. A community-based residential facility is defined as one in which three or more unrelated adults reside and that provides care and treatment beyond room and board, but not nursing care as a primary function (WI Stat. Sec. 50.035).

Anyone who renders first aid in good faith at the scene of any emergency or accident is immune from civil liability for acts they may have performed in providing such emergency care; there is an exception if these ...

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