Your employer must ensure first aid equipment and services are provided that meet or exceed the Occupational First Aid (OFA) Regulations.
Your employer must ensure that there is a means to request emergency services such as air evacuation or provincial ambulance. There shall also be a means to communicate with the local hospital or medical aid facilities during the transportation of injured persons. Examples of communication means used includes two-way radio, radio-telephone or cellular telephone.
Written plans for transporting injured workers must be in place prior to the start of work on site. A sample of the minimum required content, and a recommended format, can be found in Appendix A.
The requirements for first aid equipment are found in Tables 1 through 6 of the OFA regulations. The first aid requirements for a "B" class hazard (i.e., tree planting) are included in Table 3 and 4 below:
|Number of workers per shift||Supplies, equipment and facility||First aid certificate required for attendent||Transportation required||Other first aid requirements|
|2-5||Level I kit||Level I with transportation endorsement||see reg.29|
|6-15||Level I kit ETV equipment||Level I with transportation endorsement||see reg.29|
|16-50||Level 3 kit Dressing station ETV equipment||Level 3||ETV||Unrestricted certificate required in some cases. see reg.46|
|51-100||Level 3 kit First aid room ETV equipment||Level 3||ETV||Unrestricted certificate required in some cases. see reg.46|
|101-300||Level 3 kit First aid room Industrial ambulance equipment||Level 3||ETV||Unrestricted certificate required in some cases. see reg.46|
|Number of workers per shift||Supplies, equipment, and facility||Fist aid certificate required for attendent||Transportation required||Other first aid requirements|
|2-5||Basic kit||see reg. 29|
|6-25||Level 1 kit||level 1||see reg. 29|
|26-75||Level 2 kit Dressing station||Level3||ETV||Upgrade of certificate, transportation and equipment required m some cases see reg. 23|
|51-100||Level 3 ht First aid room||Level 3||ETV||Upgrade of certificate, transportation, and equipment required in some cases see reg. 23|
All persons on the worksite must have access to first aid services. Some requirements worth noting are:
The first aid attendant level required is listed in OFA regulation Table 3 and 4. A qualified first aid attendant(s) must be available at all times while people are working. The other duties of a first aid attendant must not conflict with the rendering of first aid through a delay in treatment or lack of cleanliness.
First aid attendant's authority
The first aid attendant has the authority to act and take charge when a person is injured and requires medical attention. This authority is established by the WCB in OFA regulation 24. The first aid attendant may accompany injured workers to medical aid if they feel it is necessary to do so.
Your employer must ensure the means to transport injured workers to medical aid are available. Depending on the number of workers on site (see Table 3 and 4) and the distance to the hospital, an emergency transportation vehicle (ETV) or industrial ambulance may be required.
If injured workers are to be transported by water or air, special requirements must be met. These include: