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close this bookThe Organization of First Aid in the Workplace (ILO, 1999, 70 p.)
close this folder4. How first aid is organized
close this folder4.5. Equipment, supplies and facilities for first aid
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View the document4.5.1. Rescue equipment
View the document4.5.2. First-aid boxes, first-aid kits and similar containers
View the document4.5.3. Specialized equipment and supplies
View the document4.5.4. The first-aid room
View the document4.5.5. Means for communicating the alert

4.5.3. Specialized equipment and supplies

Further equipment may be needed for the provision of first aid where there are unusual or specific risks. This applies specifically to situations where first-aid personnel are expected to assist in the case of shock, respiratory and cardiac arrest, electrocution, serious burns and especially chemical burns, and poisonings. Equipment for resuscitation is of particular importance.

This equipment and material should always be located near the site or sites of a potential accident, and in the first-aid room (see subsection 4.5.4). Transporting the equipment from a central location (such as an occupational health service facility) to the site of the accident may take too long. If the equipment and supplies are located on site, they will be ready and available upon the arrival of the physician or the nurse according to a plan which the employer must devise in advance.

If poisonings are a possibility, antidotes must be immediately available in a separate container, though it must be made clear that their application is subject to medical instruction. Long lists of antidotes exist, many for specific situations. Only the assessment of the potential risks involved will indicate which antidotes are needed. Annex V lists some important antidotes and the chemicals in relation to which they might be used.