Senate Bill No. 545
(By Senator Redd)
[Introduced February 18, 2000; referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend article four-c, chapter sixteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated section twenty-four,
relating to requiring restaurants to have on the premises
during business hours an individual competent in the
administration of cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
and the Heimlich maneuver.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article four-c, chapter sixteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section
twenty-four, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4C. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ACT.
§16-4C-24. All restaurants required to maintain emergency services
on the premises.
Any restaurant operating in this state with more than four
employees shall be required to have a person or persons on the
premises during business hours qualified to administer
cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and to administer the
manual application of sudden upward pressure on the upper abdomen
of a choking victim, commonly referred to as the "Heimlich
maneuver," designed to force a foreign object from the windpipe.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require restaurants with
more than four employees to have qualified personnel on the
premises to administer CPR and the Heimlich maneuver during
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.