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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 folder4.2. First aid in the context of the general organization of safety and health in the enterprise
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View the document4.2.1. Occupational health services
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View the document4.2.3. The labour inspectorate
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4.2.3. The labour inspectorate

Labour inspectorates enforce laws and regulations, including those covering first aid. They can provide positive advice. The employer should always endeavour to involve the labour inspectorate in the process of planning and organizing first aid.

Small-scale enterprises represent a difficult issue since their number as compared with the number of labour inspectors usually means that a visit by an inspector will occur infrequently. To overcome this difficulty there are various possibilities. For example, the first-aid regulations may be completed by annexes on the contents of first-aid boxes and guidance on their use in the treatment of the various ailments and injuries which may occur at the workplace (Belgium). Sometimes the labour authority issues and widely distributes codes of practice, or guidelines or leaflets on first aid (Australia, India).