Osha first-aid kit


OSHA requires that employers provide first-aid kits. The proposed standard contains this provision. Every State Plan logging standard also requires first aid kits. OSHA did not receive any comments opposing this requirement in general. First-aid kits should be at each work site when felling is being conducted, at each landing and on each employee transport vehicle. The proposed rule stated that first-aid kits should be provided at work site. Several commenters said that OSHA should define the term work site in the final rule. They also said that having kits available at the landing should provide adequate protection. However, another commenter said that chain-saw operators working away from the landing need first-aid kits and should each be required to carry a small first-aid kit that contains supplies to stop bleeding. OSHA has clarified its purpose regarding having first-aid kits at each work site.

About Osha first-aid kit

First, the records show that first-aid kits are necessary at each work site when felling is being conducted and not just at landings. In the Major Issues section, many logging establishments have central offices, but their crews are performing operations miles from that central location. OSHA has received indication that cutting crews are often spread out and in remote locations. These commenters said crews are often located more than one and a half hour away from a central office or spread across five square miles. First-aid kits that require that much time to access are of very limited value to an injured employee. When an injury is severe, the lack of immediately access to first-aid materials and trained personnel could result in permanent disability or death. Therefore, OSHA is requiring that first-aid kits should be provided at each work site where trees are being felled. Second, OSHA is also requiring that first-aid kits should also be provided at each landing. First-aid kits at landings are also necessary to provide assistance to injured employees, such as those on skid trails. Third, OSHA is retaining the requirement from the proposed rule that first-aid kits should be provided on each crew vehicle.

Conclusion

Once the kits are reviewed and approved, the employers are required to maintain the first-aid kits in accordance with the approval conditions. Employers have the duty to ensure that the first-aid kits are adequately supplied and replenished as necessary. In addition, the employer is responsible for assuring that kit contents are usable, that is, there is no spoilage or damage in the contents of the kit due to weather conditions. For example, employers are needed to periodically check first-aid supplies to ensure that materials are still in clean and sterile condition.

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