First aid, emergency rescue and occupational health services

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9. First aid, emergency rescue and occupational health services
First aid
209. Since it is common that forestry workers work in small groups at separate
locations, every worker should be trained in basic first aid. This training should
include the treatment of open wounds, and resuscitation. In areas where the work
involves the risk of intoxication by chemicals or smoke, snake-, insect- or spider-
bites or other specific hazards, first-aid training should be extended accordingly in
consultation with an appropriately qualified person or organization.
210. First-aid training should be repeated at regular intervals to ensure that
knowledge and skills do not become outdated or forgotten.
211. The provision of first-aid facilities and trained personnel should be
prescribed by laws and regulations.
212. Well-maintained first-aid kits or boxes should be readily available at the
worksite and should be protected against contamination by moisture and debris.
These containers should be clearly marked and contain nothing other than first-aid
equipment.
213. All operatives should be informed of the location of the first-aid
equipment and the procedure for obtaining stocks.
Rescue
214. Provision should be made for the quick evacuation of a person in the
event of an injury or illness which requires medical assistance.
215. Transport or a means of communication should be available at the
worksite to contact rescue services in case of an emergency. The functioning of
the communication arrangements should be checked.
216. All workers should be informed about the telephone number or radio call
sign of the nearest hospital, ambulance station or physician. Information should
also be given on the location of the worksite and a meeting point for
transportation.
217. At permanent worksites a place should be provided where an ill or
injured person might rest in comfort until the evacuation is under way.
218. Vehicles for transportation to a point where an ambulance can be met
should always be available. If practicable and appropriate, helicopter landing areas
should be designated and made known to all personnel present at the worksite.
219. Where professional help is not available within a reasonable distance,
particularly in remote areas, consideration should be given to the creation of the
necessary dispensing and health-care facilities.

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