First Aid in Saskatchewan Workplaces
Employers, contractors, or owners must provide first aid training and have first aid supplies available at their workplaces. The number of first aid attendants needed, the extent of first aid training, as well as the amount and types of first aid supplies required, depend on the following factors:
- The number of workers at the place of employment at any time
- How hazardous the work is
- The distance to a medical facility
WorkSafe’s First Aid in Saskatchewan Workplaces Guide provides information about the first aid requirements, the supplies to be included in a first aid box and the recommended quantity per number of workers, and other requirements based on Class A and Class B qualifications.
Consult Part V, First Aid, of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 for a complete description of requirements.
First aid training
There are many agencies that supply this training in the province. It is the employer’s duty to ensure the agency has competent instructors that have successfully completed instructor training and to ensure that the course meets the requirements of the Regulations.
First aid supplies
All worksites must have a first aid station equipped with a first aid box, a first aid register and an instruction manual. Any required emergency phone numbers or procedures should also be posted by the first aid station.
First aid rooms
First aid rooms are required when there are likely to be 100 or more workers who are more than 30 minutes from a medical facility. The room must be used exclusively to provide first aid, medical examinations and rest for injured workers.
The employer or contractor must ensure that a suitable means of transporting injured workers is available if there is no ambulance service within 30 minutes of the worksite.
Communication equipment must be provided to allow workers to call for transportation. Where reasonably practicable, ensure that vehicles used to transport injured workers are equipped with communication equipment (e.g. cellphone or radio) to allow workers to talk with those workers at the scene of incidents and with medical facilities to which injured workers are being transported.
From WorkSafe Saskatchewan:
From the Government of Saskatchewan:
- Part V, First Aid, of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996