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Oxygen Administration

Printed From: Association of First Aiders
Category: First Aid FAQ
Forum Name: First Aid Provision in the Workplace
Forum Discription: FAQs relating to the workplace
Printed Date: 21 Oct 2018 at 12:55pm
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Topic: Oxygen Administration
Posted By: Patrick Spry
Subject: Oxygen Administration
Date Posted: 27 May 2008 at 3:06pm

When should first aiders be trained in the use of oxygen?

Before 1987, the use of oxygen by first aiders was included under ‘special hazards’ in the Approved Code of Practice on first aid. This was largely intended to cover certain requirements of the Factories Act 1961, concerning the rescue of people from confined spaces. The use of oxygen in this context is now covered by the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 and if these apply to your premises, you should consult the Approved Code of Practice, Regulations and Guidance: - Safe work in confined spaces L101 .

Administration of oxygen may also be recommended as part of the first aid treatment of certain chemical incidents, eg cyanide poisoning. Therefore, a requirement for training might emerge from your assessment of first aid needs. This training can be undertaken as an extension to basic first aid training or as a separate course. It does not need approval from HSE.

Oxygen may also be administered as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and there are several types of mechanical resuscitation aid which administer oxygen. The use of these is optional, not essential. There are no circumstances in which HSE requires you to provide such equipment but you may do so provided that first aiders are given appropriate training in the use of the equipment. Such training is usually offered by the manufacturers or suppliers and does not need HSE approval.

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