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close this bookThe Organization of First Aid in the Workplace (ILO, 1999, 70 p.)
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4.7. Records

All first-aid treatment should be recorded in a first-aid book, which is kept by the first-aid personnel. The information to be recorded includes:

(a) the accident (time, location, occurrence);
(b) the type and severity of the injury;
(c) the first aid delivered;
(d) the additional medical care requested;
(e) the name of the victim;
(f) the names of witnesses and of other workers involved, especially in the transporting of the victim.

The first-aid record does not normally replace the report which the safety official will establish on the accident. The latter is intended for review by both management and the labour inspectorate, or its representative, whereas the first-aid treatment record is an internal report which will provide information concerning the health of the victim, as well as contributing to safety at work.

Notes

1 United Kingdom, Health and Safety Executive: “Approved code of practice for the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981”, in First aid at work, Health and Safety Series booklet HS(R) 11 (London, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1981).

2 Unfallverhvorschrift (UVV): Erste Hilfe (VBG 109). Editor’s note: This book was written before German reunification, but references to the Federal Republic are generally correct for Germany after reunification as well.

3 Belgium, Minist de l’Emploi et du Travail: Rement gral pour la protection du Travail (RGPT) (periodically updated publication).

4 See ILO: Accident prevention (Geneva, 2nd edition, 1983), pp. 129-132.

5 United Kingdom, Health and Safety Executive: “Approved code of practice for the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981”, op. cit., p. 5.

6 Belgium, Minist de l’Emploi et du Travail: RGPT, op. cit., s. III.

7 UVV: Erste Hilfe, op. cit., p. 4. Editor’s note: see also note 2 above.

8 Government of New Zealand: The Factories and Commercial Premises (First Aid) Regulations 1985 (Wellington, Government Printer, 1985).