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August 21, 1997



FROM: JOHN B. MILES, Jr., Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs
SUBJECT: OSHA Instruction [CPL 02-02-053], Guidelines for First Aid Training Programs


This is a notice that information contained in OSHA Instruction [CPL 02-02-053 (formerly CPL 2-2.53)], Appendix A, referring to the role of the National Safety Council (NSC) is incorrect. The document currently reads as follows: "The National Safety Council provides educational materials to train individuals in basic first aid knowledge and skills. However, they do not conduct training courses or certify trainers or trainees" (emphasis added to highlight incorrect information).

The correct information is: the NSC does conduct First Aid training courses and certifies trainers and trainees.

At this time, the directive does not really need an update, so please take appropriate action to notify the field offices of this correction.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

[Corrected 10/22/2004]