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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
View the document4.2.4. Other institutions

4.2.2. Safety and health committees and safety delegates

Safety and health committees are established to promote safety through cooperation between the employer and workers.4 In some countries they are required by law, while in others they are voluntary. They normally consist of representatives of both parties, and the employers’ representatives include those managers and staff who have direct operational responsibility for safety at work. Safety delegates may play an important role as regards first aid. They may be first-aiders themselves or they may help workers to obtain appropriate first aid and seek medical advice as necessary. It is not always easy to convince people of the importance of obtaining appropriate first aid.

Although safety and health committees are not directly involved in providing first aid, they can make important contributions as regards, for example, the identification of hazards and of first-aid requirements. They may give advice on the organization of first aid and assist in the selection of first-aiders.

It should be noted that in almost all countries, safety and health committees are not mandatory for small enterprises of a size below a certain limit. Therefore more emphasis should be placed on the role of safety delegates (who may exist in enterprises which are not big enough to have a safety and health committee) and on the voluntary role that can be played by workers who have followed a first-aid course on their own.