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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

4.5.5. Means for communicating the alert

Following an accident or sudden illness, it is important that immediate contact can be made with the first-aid personnel. This requires means of communication between work areas, the first-aid personnel and the first-aid room. Communications by telephone may be preferable, especially if distances are more than 200 metres, but this will not be possible in all establishments. Acoustic means of communication such as a hooter or a buzzer may serve as a substitute as long as it can be ensured that the first-aid personnel arrive at the scene of the accident rapidly.

Lines of communication should be pre-established. Requests for advanced or specialized medical care, or an ambulance or emergency service, are normally made by telephone. The employer should ensure that all relevant addresses, names and telephone numbers are clearly posted throughout the enterprise and in the first-aid room, and that they are always available to the first-aid personnel.