First Aid in Saskatchewan Workplaces
On April 1, 2021, amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 came into force. The requirements for first aid in Saskatchewan workplaces have changed.
Please review the regulations and the First Aid in Saskatchewan Workplaces Guide to learn more about what is required to ensure workers have access to the appropriate first aid personnel and supplies.
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
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, the recommended quantity per number of workers, and other requirements based on Class A and Class B qualifications.
Consult Part 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 for a complete description of requirements.
First aid kit risk assessment
The employer, contractor or owner is required to have a competent person conduct a first aid kit risk assessment to determine the appropriate classification for the workplace. The classification will identify the minimum requirements for first aid supplies and equipment.
Click here to download an electronic version of a first aid kit risk assessment form.
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 kit that meets CSA standards, a first aid register, a suitable first aid manual and any other supplies and equipment that are required. 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 at a distant or isolated place of employment. The room must be used exclusively to provide first aid, medical examinations and rest for ill and 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.