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close this bookThe Organization of First Aid in the Workplace (ILO, 1999, 70 p.)
close this folder3. Responsibilities and participation
close this folder3.1. Responsibilities of the employer
View the document(introduction...)
View the document3.1.1. Equipment, supplies and facilities
View the document3.1.2. Human resources
View the document3.1.3. Other

3.1.3. Other


Establishment of a plan, including links between the relevant health or public health services, with a view to the delivery of medical care following first aid.


Education and information of all workers concerning the prevention of accidents and injuries, and the actions workers must themselves take following an injury, e.g. an immediate shower after a chemical burn.


Information on the arrangements for first aid, and the periodic updating of this information.


Posting of information, visual guides, (e.g. posters) and instructions about first aid, and plans with a view to the delivery of medical care after first aid.

The employer must seek advice in organizing first aid, especially from the occupational health and public health services, the labour inspectorate, plant managers and relevant non-governmental organizations, as well as from the workers themselves, who in many cases can provide essential information or sound opinions on the likelihood of accidents in specific situations.

The employer should also study the potential risks to which workers are exposed and should analyse the potential for accidents as a basis for planning and organizing first aid (see Chapter 4). The employer may be required to file a specific report on the provisions made for first aid,1 or to submit to the verification of conformity with rules for first aid, although, as may be expected, the specific arrangements for this vary greatly from one country to another. The labour inspectorate is usually involved either directly or through existing institutions which may act on its behalf.