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