Medical and First Aid


  • Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program. OSHA Publication 3317, (2006). Identifies four essential elements for first-aid programs to be effective and successful; management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training. It also includes best practices for planning and conducting safe and effective first-aid training.

It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of the workplace. The details of a workplace medical and first aid program are dependent on the circumstances of each workplace and employer. The intent of this page is to provide general information that may be of assistance. If additional information is required, an Occupational Health Professional should be contacted.


Medical and first aid services are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, maritime, and construction.

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What is First Aid?

Provides information on first aid and highlights selected references on where to find more information on first aid.

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First Aid Programs

Provides information on first aid programs and highlights references that provide further fundamentals to help develop and maintain first aid program and skills.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to first aid.

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