Social Security Will Subsidize Company First Aid Kits

20 November 2008

The resolution dated August 27, 2008 instructs on the supplying of first aid kits to companies as part of the Social Security medical assistance protective action policy.

This measure is an attempt to reinforce minimum security and health measures in the workplace. Social Security will provide the kits to those companies whose employees assume responsibility for labor contingencies protection and excludes those companies without employees. Companies with mutual insurance policies which cover labor contingencies should request the kits from their insurer.

Companies without mutual insurance policies will be reimbursed for the initial kit expense when the kits are delivered and replenished. Maximum reimbursement fees have been established. An accredited company representative must file the official request form with the provincial directorate of the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) where the company or company sites are located. The form must be accompanied by a detailed invoice of the materials purchased. Mutual insurance companies will be responsible for providing the kits directly to the companies.

The law went into effect on August 28, 2008 but will apply to all first aid kit purchases made by the company since October 12, 2007.

For further information, please contact Eduardo Frutos Ramírez: