Every employer must ensure the health and safety of all workers working for that employer, and any other workers present at the workplace at which that employers work is being carried out.
Employers must provide for each workplace such equipment, supplies, facilities, first aid attendants and services that are adequate and appropriate for:
- Promptly rendering first aid to workers if they suffer an injury at work
- Transporting injured workers to medical treatment
To ensure first aid is adequate and appropriate, the employer must conduct a first aid assessment for each workplace.
First Aid Assessment Requirements
Different types of first aid may be required at each workplace
First aid requirements may include ETV or industrial ambulance equipment, various levels of first aid kits, dressing stations or first aid rooms and first aid attendants with level 1, 2 or 3 certificates
First aid must be adequate and appropriate
A first aid assessment will determine whether the first aid at each workplace is adequate and appropriate by evaluating various factors such as the number of workers per shift, the workplace hazard rating, barriers to providing first aid and travel time to medical treatment
The quality, maintenance and use of first aid must be acceptable to WorkSafeBC
First aid equipment, supplies and facilities must be kept clean, dry and ready for use, and be readily accessible at any time a worker is working in the workplace. To view the full first aid requirements on the WorkSafeBC website, click here.
First Aid Document Requirements
All employers are required to conduct an assessment to determine first aid needs at each location. This can be done using the AgSafe First Aid Assessment tool here. This assessment tool will provide a printable list for each workplace. This assessment must be kept and reviewed annually.
If you require training for a First Aid Attendant, this must be provided by a WorkSafeBC approved provider. They maintain a list of trainers throughout BC here.
The following documents form a part of your workplace First Aid program. Some are required by WorkSafeBC Regulation to be posted in a place for workers to view. A suggested layout for a First Aid Notice Board can be found here.
Documents that are not required to be posted for all workers to view are still very important, and form part of your First Aid program. Please review with your First Aid Attendant, Safety Committee, or Safety Representative to determine which are required for your workplace.
|Document Title||Required to Post||Link(s)|
|Occupational First Aid Policy||No||WORD|
|Notice to Workers||Yes|
|First Aid Contact Sign||Yes||English:
|Injury Reporting Procedure||Yes||WORD|
|Transportation of injured or ill workers||Yes||WORD|
|WorkSafeBC First Aid Notice||Yes|
|Site Map showing prearranged routes in & out of the workplace||Yes||Google Maps|
|Map and directions to medical treatment||Yes||Google Maps|
|Exposure Control Plan for First Aid Attendants||No|
|PPE for First Aid Attendants||No|
|COVID-19 Protocols for First Aid Attendants||No|
|Minor Wound Care Handouts||No|
|First Aid Record Form||No|
|First Aid Assessment Form||No|
|Emergency Procedures Log||No||WORD|
|Emergency Transport Procedure||No||WORD|
|First Aid Attendants Form||No||WORD|
|If You Get Hurt At Work||No|