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Organizing First Aid in a Company

Viimati uuendatud: 26.02.2017


A person’s life and future health might depend on timely and competent first aid. Help must be available in each work-related situation and the employer is obliged to organize it.

The following requirements apply for the first aid organization:

  • The first aid equipment in a workplace must be easily accessible and marked clearly following the requirements. The location of the first aid equipment is marked by a white cross on a green square-shaped background.
  • The list of mandatory first aid equipment is given in the regulation “The Provision of First Aid in Enterprises” issued by the Minister of Social Affairs. The amount of first aid equipment depends on the number of employees in a company. The list does not contain any medications as the employee might not be aware of possible reactions or allergies to unfamiliar medicaments.
  • The workplace must have a room where it is possible to give first aid and keep the injured until the ambulance arrives. The break room of the employees might be suitable – but the most important condition is that it must be possible to lie down. How this option is guaranteed is up to the employer to decide.
  • The employer must appoint first aid provider(s) in the company. If the company is located in several locations, has many structural units or the work is done in shifts, at least one person competent in giving first aid must be present in each structural unit or shift.´
  • The first aid provider can only be a competent person who has received adequate training. The first aid provider training must be at least 16 hours long. Every three years, the first aid provider must be sent to follow-up training paid for by the employer.
  • The employer must inform employees whom they can turn to for getting help. Data about first aid providers must be visible (e.g. on a notice board).

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