From: Allen Niemi <anniemi**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Training for Use of First Aid Kits in Laboratories
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:42:56 -0400
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Our state OSHA agency requires us to have a person or persons trained to render first aid in near proximity, which they define as a three- to four-minute response time, for laboratories and other areas where serious accidents may occur. They will accept an on-campus clinic, hospital, or infirmary as compliant. Although we do have a local hospital clinic on campus, all of our campus police officers are trained in first aid and can respond within the stated time limit. A few years ago a volunteer EMS team was created on campus with members trained in advanced first aid.. They also can respond within a few minutes anywhere on or near campus and have a vehicle with advanced response gear. We do not require regular formal first aid training for employees but many of our employees do voluntarily take this type of training, which is offered via a variety of sources on campus. There are some OHSA standards that do require certain levels of first aid training for an on-site employee, during electric arc welding for example (CPR).


On Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 3:47 PM, Kohler, Christopher E <cekohler**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Greetings all,

I'm taking an informal poll-

Is it required to provide first aid training for personnel in academic research labs that have simple first aid kits.

If so, is it given to everyone in the lab or limited to the PI's and lab managers or supervisors?

Is the content of the training at an awareness level (that is adequate to apply a Band-Aid and call for help) or equivalent to Red Cross first aid training?

Many thanks,


Christopher E. Kohler, MS, LPG, CCHO

Laboratory Safety Manager

Environmental Health and Safety

1514 E Third Street

Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 855-5454


Allen Niemi, PhD
Occupational Safety and Health Services
Room 322 Lakeshore Center
Michigan Technological University
Phone: 906-487-2118
Fax: 906-487-3048

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