St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.42 Restaurants Part IV
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PART IV. EMERGENCY FIRST AID PROCEDURES
At the city's request the material in this part, formerly located in Sections 11.42.550 through 11.42.575, has been renumbered and relocated.
For the purpose of this part, the term "food-service establishment" shall mean any fixed or mobile establishment serving food to the public for consumption on the premises, except any establishment operated on a temporary basis by a charitable or by a nonprofit corporation.
(Ord. 57503 § 1, 1978.)
11.42.942 Methods for removal of food lodged in throat.
The Department of Health and Hospitals shall determine methods which may be used safely and effectively in an emergency by laymen to remove food lodged in a person's throat and shall by regulation publish approved methods. Said methods shall be limited to first aid procedures and shall include techniques to be employed without the use of instruments or devices.
(Ord. 57503 § 2, 1978.)
11.42.944 Distribution of placards to establishments.
The Department of Health and Hospitals shall design and distribute to food service establishments without charge placards containing instructions for applying methods approved pursuant to Section 11.42.942. Said placards shall be of a size and design suitable for posting in food service establishments and the instructions shall to the extent practicable be expressed in words and illustrations which are not offensive to restaurant patrons.
(Ord. 57503 § 3, 1978.)
11.42.946 Guidelines for training programs.
The Department of Health and Hospitals shall develop and publish guidelines for training programs that may be used on a voluntary basis by food service establishments to train employees in the first aid procedure approved pursuant to Section 11.42.942.
(Ord. 57503 § 4, 1978.)
11.42.948 Instructions to be posted--Penalty for violation.
A. Each food service establishment within the City shall have posted in a conspicuous location that is visible to patrons and employees on the premises, but which location need not be in the actual dining areas, instructions concerning at least one (1) method of first aid assistance to choking persons. Said instructions shall cover a method which has been determined safe and effective by the Department of Health and Hospitals for employment by layman without the use of instruments or devices.
B. Any person, firm, partnership, or corporation who violates subsection A hereof shall be fined not less than $500 for each offense.
(Ord. 57503 §§ 5, 7, 1978.)
11.42.950 Liability for damages.
Except as provided by law, no person shall be obligated to remove, assist in removing, or attempt to remove, food from another person's throat, nor shall any person who in good faith removes or attempts to remove such food in an emergency occurring at a food service establishment be liable for any civil damages as a result of any acts or omissions by such person in rendering such emergency assistance.
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