To answer this question, we must look into the General Safety Regulations in South Africa, and what is required of employers in that regulation under the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
Below is the section that pertains for first aid in the workplace:
“First aid, emergency equipment and procedures
- (1) 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 or emergency.
(2) Where more than five employees are employed at a workplace, the employer of such employees shall provide a first aid box or boxes at or near the workplace which shall be available and accessible for the treatment of injured persons at that workplace.
(a) Taking into account the type of injuries that are likely to occur at a workplace, the nature of the activities performed and the number of employees employed at such workplace, the employer shall make sure that the first aid box or boxes contemplated in sub-regulation (2) contain suitable first aid equipment which include at least the equipment listed in the Annexure hereto.
(b) Such an employer shall make sure that only articles and equipment contemplated in sub regulation (a) or other similar equipment or medicine is kept in the first aid box or boxes.
(4) Where more than 10 employees are employed at a workplace, the employer of such employees shall take steps to ensure that for every group of up to 50 employees at that workplace, or in the case of a shop or an office as contemplated in the Basic Conditions of employment Act, 1983 (Act No. 3 of 1983), for every group of up to 100 employees, at least one person is readily available during normal working hours, who is in possession of a valid certificate of competency in first aid, issued by
As can be seen above, this regulation states that for any employer that employs 10 or more employees, needs to provide a first aid care to their employees;
- For shops or offices, 1 first aid responder is required for every 100 employees
- For all other workplaces, 1 first aid responder is required for every 50 employees
- Keeping mind, that if you have different workplaces, each get’s counted seperately, for exmple, you have two different buildings across from each other, or various work sites, etc.
Something to keep in mind as well: the first aider must in a possession of a valid certificate, issues by a person or organisation approved by the chief inspector.
Where pesticides, hazardous chemical substabces 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.
“Section 5 – General Safety Regulations
(5) An employer shall at a workplace where a high risk substance or toxic, corrosive or similar hazardous substances are used, handled, processed or manufactured, ensure that the first aid worker contemplated in sub regulation (4) is trained in the first aid procedures that are necessary for the treatment of injuries that may result from such activities,”
This is why, Skills Resource Group, also provides training in the areas of Dangerous Goods Handling + Transport.
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