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First Aid in the Workplace

Practical first aid skills are vital in an emergency situationIn any working environment, employees can be injured or fall ill whilst performing their duties.  Regardless of whether or not their injuries (or illness) were caused as a result of the work they perform, it is the duty of the employer to ensure they receive immediate and appropriate medical attention.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act No 85 of 1993 as amended by the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act No 181 of 1993 states that an employer must take all reasonable steps that are necessary under the circumstances to ensure that employees in the workplace receive prompt first aid treatment in the event of injury or medical emergency. 

The Act also states that when:

  • more than 5 employees are employed at a workplace, the employer must provide a suitable first aid box which is accessible in the workplace for the treatment of the injured
  • more than 10 employees are employed at a workplace, the employer must ensure that for every group of up to 50 employees at that particular workplace there is at least one person readily available during normal working hours who is in possession of a valid first aid certificate issued by an organisation approved by the chief inspector (DOL).

St John First Aid training:

  • is accredited with the Department of Labour for Document C First Aid Training, in compliance with the OHS Act No 85 of 1993 (cert. no. CI BIG 3-02)
  • accredited with the Health and Welfare SETA (Accreditation No: HW592PA030014).
  • registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • aligned to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
  • accredited with the American Heart Association
  • registered with the Resuscitation Council of South Africa

NB - registered employers can claim training costs or part thereof from the SETA.

To download your complete copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act No 85 of 1993 click here