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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 folder4.1. Variables to be considered in the assessment of first-aid requirements
View the document(introduction...)
View the document4.1.1. Type of work and associated risks
View the document4.1.2. Size and layout of the enterprise
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View the document4.1.4. Availability of other health services


It has been pointed out that employers, as part of their duty to provide and organize first aid, must decide on the first-aid facilities which each situation may require. This decision can only be based on an assessment of the potential risks of each workplace, considering all factors which may contribute to the need for, and the effectiveness of, first aid (see subsections 4.1.1 to 4.1.4). There is no substitute for such an assessment.

As regards this assessment, the employer could benefit from advice received from the parties involved, such as the public health and occupational health services, the health and safety committee and the safety representatives, the labour inspectorate, managers and the workers themselves.