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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
View the document4.2.2. Safety and health committees and safety delegates
View the document4.2.3. The labour inspectorate
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The need for a safety and health organization in every enterprise is universally accepted, though in practice the availability and effectiveness of these organizations may leave much to be desired. The provision of first aid should always have a direct relationship to the general safety and health organization, because first aid will not itself handle more than a small part of workers’ total care.

Any comprehensive occupational safety and health programme includes first aid, which contributes to minimizing the consequences of accidents and is therefore one of the components of tertiary prevention. Historically, the provision of, or regulations on, the organization of first aid are usually the most long-standing and the most widespread. Later on they may be incorporated in laws and regulations on accident prevention or the protection of health at work, although they may also remain separate.