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