Occupational Safety & Health Administration
The official OSHA website is where you can find data & statistics, industry/hazard alerts, injury and illness prevention programs, regulations & standards, and Worker Rights information.
Often, in the OSHA training classes I teach, I find I get some of the same questions. To help you, I’ll be posting those frequently asked questions in this section.
Title 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states: “Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.”
What this means: Employers may elect not to provide first aid services if all such services will be provided by a hospital, infirmary, or clinic in near proximity to the workplace. If the employer has persons who are trained in first aid, then adequate first aid supplies must be readily available for use. These supplies need to be stored in a convenient area available for emergency access.
However, if OSHA found that an employer was relying on first aid services not provided by a clinic, infirmary, or hospital and adequate first aid supplies were not available when needed, then the employer would be in violation of 29 CFR 1910.151(b).
Interpretation Letter re: locked first aid cabinets in the workplace.
Within twenty-four hours after the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees or an employee’s amputation or an employee’s loss of an eye, as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye to OSHA.
OSHA defines amputation as “the traumatic loss of a limb or other external body part. Amputations include a part, such as a limb or appendage that has been severed, cut off, amputated (either completely or partially); fingertip amputations with or without bone loss; medical amputations resulting from irreparable damage; amputations of body parts that have since been reattached. Amputations DO NOT include avulsions, enucleations, deglovings, scalpings, severed ears, or broken or chipped teeth.”
What is key to the definition is what an amputation is NOT. Unfortunately, this part of the definition hasn’t been as well communicated as what an amputation is.
Do you have a question on OSHA regulations? I can help.
California Dept. of Industrial Regulations (Cal/OSHA)
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA Regulations
Cal/OSHA also oversees programs promoting public safety on:
» amusement rides
» ski lifts
» programs promoting the safe use of pressure vessels (e.g., boilers and tanks)
Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
CDC 24/7: Saving Lives. Protecting People.
The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. As the nation’s health protection agency, the CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats.
The CDC website provides up-to-date information on diseases and the flu, healthy living tips, emergency preparedness, workplace safety and health, and much more.