Monday, July 15, 2013

Does OSHA certify first aid training?

Dear Mr. F***:

Thank you for your inquiry of September 28, 1993, requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to accept the American Lifeguard Association, Inc. issuance of a new photo identification to Association members who have been trained in first aid. We apologize for the delay in response.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not certify first aid training programs, instructors, or trainees. It is the responsibility of the employer to make an assessment of the work area and all first aid needs for expected injuries and illnesses. Each employer using any first aid course must satisfy him/herself that the course adequately covers the type of injuries/illnesses likely to be encountered in the workplace. We have enclosed a copy of OSHA instruction CPL 2-2.53, guidance for first aid training.
OSHA standard requirements do not apply to the public. First aid training for lifeguards would be covered by OSHA's first aid standards only when training is required for the protection of employees.

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