First aid is any one-time treatment, plus a one-time follow-up visit for observation only (even if provided by a physician or health care professional), of minor scratches, cuts, burns, splinters, or other minor industrial injury.

Who Makes the Determination of First Aid?

Only the examining physician or other health care professional can make the determination that the injury or illness requires medical treatment beyond first aid.

What First Aid Does Not Include

Pesticide Poisoning: any one-time treatment administered for pesticide poisoning or suspected pesticide poisoning is not included in the definition of first aid. Therefore, all pesticide poisoning claims must be reported irrespective of the level or number of treatments.

Hazardous Substances: First aid does not include any on-time treatment by a physician for any serious exposure to a hazardous substance as a result of a specific incident or over time, in a degree or amount sufficient to create a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm in the future could result from the exposure.

Loss of Consciousness, Restriction from Work or Motion, or Transfer to another job.

First Aid claims do not have a minimum or maximum dollar amount threshold.

Reporting Requirements

Employers are required to report every occupational injury or illness which results in lost time or requires medical treatment beyond first aid.

The following are generally considered first aid treatment:

  • Application of antiseptics during first visit to medical personnel
  • Treatment of first degree burns
  • Application of bandages during first visit to medical personnel
  • Use of elastic bandages during first visit to medical personnel
  • Removal of foreign bodies not embedded in eye, if only irrigation is required
  • Removal of foreign bodies from wound, if procedure is uncomplicated and is, for example, by tweezers or other simple techniques.
  • Use of non-prescription medications
  • Soaking therapy or initial visit to medical personnel or removal of bandages of soaking
  • Application of hot or cold compresses during first visit to medical personnel
  • Application of ointment to abrasions to prevent drying or cracking
  • Application of heat therapy during first visit to medical personnel
  • Use of Whirlpool bath therapy during first visit to medical personnel
  • Negative X-ray diagnosis
  • Brief observation of injury during visit to medical personnel