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7 Replies to “First-Aid in the workplace – The legal requirements

  1. No. First-aiders are trained to be discreet when dealing with a patient of the opposite sex. You do not need to undress a woman to give her CPR. (It only happens in the movies) The law does not prescribe sex-based appointments. If your workforce is sensitive on the issue, then HR needs to resolve the matter internally. You will then have to work on a male to male ratio of 1:50 and a female to female ratio of 1:50. And you may also want to cater for the neuter genders. Not sure how an unconsious person will tell you what sex they are.

  2. Good day

    Is there a legal requirement regarding the first aid equipment required by a security officer in the vehicle, while transporting VIP’s? The officer is in possession of a valid first aid certificate.

    Kind regards

    1. The National Road Traffic Act require first-aid kits to be available when people are transported for reward. There is no direct requirement related to security officers, but given the scenario, it would be unreasonable to have a trained first-aider without issuing the tools for the job. The fact that the security officer is in posession of a first-aid certificate indicates the employer has reasonably foreseen a risk. Then it would also be prudent to act according to the foreseen risk. Should you require legal research on the matter, please contact our legal support team on 083 762 8388.

  3. None of our workshop staff ( including management) are prepared to administer first aid for fear of being sued for incorrect treatment as has recently occurred at a sister workshop. In the USA. How therefore do we comply with your RSA dept of Labour requirements ( we have 28 staff).

  4. Interesting scenario scetched by Richard above. Fear – False Evidence Appearing Real. The role of the first-aider is not to administer “treatment”. That is the role of a qualified EMT or Paramedic. The First-aider is only there to keep a person alive until help arrives. This means stopping bleeding, maintaining breathing and maintaining heart beat. CPR and basic Dressing skills is all that is needed in most cases. But depending on the risk, it could also involve chemical burns, and inhalation of hazardous substances and agents, which requires specific knowledge on the particular substance. The USA is known for its “Free to sue anyone for anything” policy. But how would you like to be sued for failing to save a life, when you had the skills and the legal mandate and did nothing?

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