Providing first aid and CPR training is just one step in developing a first aid program for your workplace.
Employers are also required to provide the tools and supplies necessary to provide first aid.
Since emergency medical services use an eight minute response time standard for metropolitan areas, employers in high-injury industries need to provide first aid training to employees.
Any concerns about OSHA compliance for your industry should prompt you to provide first aid and CPR training to employees.
Training should be maintained on a regular basis; OSHA suggests updating training for life-threatening emergencies (CPR) every year and updating training for non-life-threatening incidents (first aid) periodically.
Someone in the organization must be designated as the infectious disease officer.
OSHA's directives include an exposure control plan that can be adapted for each organization.
“Engineering Controls” means controls (e.g., sharps disposal containers, needlelesss systems and sharps with engineered sharps injury protection) that isolate or remove the bloodborne pathogens hazard from the workplace.(1) A physical attribute built into a needle device used for withdrawing body fluids, accessing a vein or artery, or administering medications or other fluids, which effectively reduces the risk of an exposure incident by a mechanism such as barrier creation, blunting, encapsulation, withdrawal or other effective mechanisms; or “Exposure Incident” means a specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, non-intact skin, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that results from the performance of an employee's duties.