A consequence of an event that required medical attention, often consisting of one-time short-term treatment and requiring little technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and drinking fluids to relieve heat stress. A full list of 14 first aid treatments is provided by OGP in Reference 18. First aid cases are not classified as recordable incidents for the purpose of reporting to OGP but may be used by companies as a criterion for reporting of events as Tier 3 KPIs.
Source: OGP Report No. 456, Process Safety – Recommended Practice on Key Performance Indicators, International Association of Oil & Gas Producers, November 2011. Global Standards
The definition in OFAR of ‘first-aid’ is wide, particularly in including the treatment of minor illnesses. This definition is important in understanding the scope of duty holders’ responsibilities which go beyond first aid.
Source: Health Care and First Aid on Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works, Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989, Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (UK HSE L123), Second Edition, 2000. Regulatory Guidance
“First aid” means
- in cases where a person will need help from a medical practitioner or nurse, treatment for the purpose of preserving life and minimising the consequences of injury and illness until the appropriate help is obtained; and
- treatment of minor injuries or illnesses which would otherwise receive no treatment or which do not need treatment by a medical practitioner or nurse (in this sub-paragraph “treatment” includes redressing and other follow-up treatment).
Source: The Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989, UK S.I. 1989/1671, 1989. Regulations