Occupational health and accidents
First aid preparedness
First aid preparedness - Yleistä
It is the employer’s responsibility to provide first aid for workers and others in the workplace in the event of an emergency. Employees need to know what to do if someone is injured or suddenly taken ill.
A sufficient number of first aid kits must be provided in easily accessible and clearly indicated locations around the workplace. A designated space where first aid can be administered must be provided if necessary due to the number of workers, the nature of the work or other circumstances in the workplace.
One or more employees must be assigned as first aid coordinators, and these individuals must be properly trained and given any necessary equipment.
The necessary level of first aid preparedness is determined by occupational health care professionals
The level of first aid preparedness required in the workplace is determined in connection with the workplace surveys carried out by the employer’s occupational health care provider. First aid preparedness planning includes identifying the first aid skills and equipment needed at the workplace.
If necessary, representatives of civil defence organisations and rescue services can be consulted. The ability to administer first aid in the event of a major accident must be given special attention.
The process also includes establishing a procedure for dealing with post-traumatic stress resulting from work or incidents in the workplace.
First aid preparedness - Lainsäädäntö
- Section 12 – Content of occupational health care (subsection 1, paragraph 7: occupational health care provider’s role in the provision of first aid within the meaning of the Occupational Safety and Health Act)
- Section 11 – First aid preparedness
- Section 46 – First aid
- Section 8 – First aid facilities
- Section 74 – First aid and rescue apparatus
- Section 13 – First aid
- Section 9 – Specific prevention and protection measures
- Section 10 – Hazards arising from the physical properties of chemical agents
- Section 11 – Accidents as well as hazardous incidents and emergencies
- Section 23 – Coordination of emergency evacuations
- Section 22 – Life-saving equipment