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December 31, 1986

Mr. Gregory Sut
Safety Director
Temple Associates, Inc.
Post Office Box 730
Diboll, Texas 75941

Dear Mr. Sut:

This is in response to your letter of October 16 addressed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Area Office in Houston, Texas, which has been referred to this office for interpretation of 29 CFR 1926.950(e)(1)(ii) as it relates to first aid and resuscitation.

Specifically, you have asked if cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is required by 29 CFR 1926.950(e)(1)(ii), which states:

Emergency procedures and first aid. (1) The employer shall provide training or require that his employees are knowledgeable and proficient in:

(ii) First-aid fundamentals including resuscitation.

(2) In lieu of paragraph (e)(1) of this section the employer may comply with the provisions of 1926.50(c) regarding first-aid requirements.

This OSHA standard does not require CPR to be in compliance.

Please advise if we can be of assistance.


John B. Miles, Jr., Director
Directorate of Field Operations