Frequently Asked Questions

Corporate and Industrial

EMS/Public Safety

Are EMS and Public Safety courses taught by experienced personnel?

Yes, our instructors are doctors, Registered Nurses, Paramedics, or EMTs.

Is SafeTec Training Services able to provide Continuing Education credits?

Yes, SafeTec Training Services is a certified Continuing Education sponsor site for the state of Pennsylvania.

My organization wants to hold a Con Ed course and I do not see it on the course list, can it still be taught?

Yes, we are able to provide any "public domain" Pennsylvania approved Con Ed class. Also, certain "private domain" courses may be available.


Can my facility have a private class for our staff only?

Yes, we offer private classes for facilities wishing to host a program.


Is my company required to follow the guidelines set forth by OSHA?

Yes, according to Section Title: Applicability of This Act Section Number 4 (a): "This Act shall apply with respect to employment performed in a workplace in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Wake Island, Outer Continental Shelf Lands defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Johnston Island, and the Canal Zone. The Secretary of the Interior shall, by regulation, provide for judicial enforcement of this Act by the courts established for areas in which there are no United States district courts having jurisdiction."

Is there a minimum population requirement for a workplace? Would a company of 10 or 25 be exempt from compliance because it is too small?

There are no exemptions from 1910.151 due to a company's size. Many hazardous jobs are performed by smaller firms, and their employees are entitled to equal first aid protection.

Record Type: Interpretation Standard Number: 1910.151, Subject: Clarification of training requirements under 1910.151 (Medical Services and First Aid), Information Date: 07/24/1995

Isn't there a great liability for operating or owning an AED unit?

Not at all. With current federal and state AED laws there is almost no liability for lay persons or corporations who possess these life-saving machines. With current legislation, proper training, and a well written response plan liability is typically no more then helping a person on the street who was injured. Fact is, a popular trend emerging is reverse liability. Several corporations have been sued for NOT having these devices. In the future it is expected that some states, or even at the federal level some business types will be mandated to have AEDs. Contact a SafeTec Training Services representative today to learn more.

Must an employer have individuals trained to render first aid?

Yes. The OSHA requirement at 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. First aid supplies approved by the consulting physician shall be readily available." OSHA's regulation does not set specific response time requirements for the term "near proximity", however, in areas where accidents resulting in suffocation, severe bleeding, or other life-threatening or permanently disabling injury or illness are likely, a 3-4 minute response time, from time of injury to time of administering first aid, is required. In other circumstances, i.e., where a life-threatening or permanently disabling injury is an unlikely outcome of an accident, a longer response time, such as 15 minutes, is acceptable. The rationale for requiring a 4-minute response time is brain death when the heart or breathing has stopped for that period of time.

Record Type: Interpretation Standard Number: 1910.151, Subject: Interpretation of the First Aid standard, Information Date: 12/11/1996

What industries are required to comply with 1910.151 (Medical Services and First Aid)?

All industries are required to comply with 1910.151 regardless of the type of work performed by employees; however, the hazards and related first aid/medical services required would be less for offices than, for example, steel mills. In summary, the employer's first aid program must correspond to the hazards which can be reasonably expected to occur in the workplace. The employer must evaluate the potential work-related hazards and provide for first aid accordingly.

Record Type: Interpretation Standard Number: 1910.151, Subject: Clarification of training requirements under 1910.151 (Medical Services and First Aid), Information Date: 07/24/1995

What is an AED?

An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. This device can provide a life-saving "shock" to a pulseless victim's heart. For more information on these devices or to become trained in their use, please contact Fred Ellinger.

What is OSHA?

OSHA or Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a government entity enacted by Congress on December 29, 1970 to develop, implement, and enforce policies and procedures to provide the more then 100 million working men and women with safe working environments.