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The regulation states that “an employer shall take all reasonable steps that are necessary under the circumstances, to ensure that persons at work receive prompt first aid treatment in case of injury and/or emergency.
Where more than 10 employees are employed at a workplace, the employer needs to appoint a first aider. This is a compulsory legal appointment and the first aider should be readily available during normal working hours and/or his shift.
One first aider for every 50 employees. Per shift and per Department.
The first aider should be in possession of a valid first aid certificate, issued by an organisation approved and registered with the Department.
Where pesticides, hazardous chemical substances or hazardous biological agents are used, handled, processed or manufactured the first aid worker should be trained in the first aid procedures that are necessary for the treatment of injuries that may result from such activities.
Employees duty: – and employee suffering from an open wound, cut, sore or any similar injury, who works where hazardous chemical substances or hazardous biological agents is used, handles, processed or manufactured, shall report such injury to his employer as soon as possible.
The Employer’s duty: – the employer may not permit such person to continue working before the injury has been cleaned and dressed with the necessary equipment to eliminate blood or bodily fluids seepage through the dressing, where necessary.