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    Questions on OSHA Regulations.

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    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.

    Yes, you may control access to first aid supplies by locking them in a cabinet; HOWEVER, they must be readily accessible in the event of an emergency.

    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.

    This question refers to 1904.39(a)(2) of the Recording and Reporting Requirements for Injuries and Illnesses, which states:

    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.

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