Ontario Workplace Safety Requirements

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Ontario Workplace First Aid Requirements

All employers covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act in Ontario are required to have specific first aid equipment, facilities and trained personnel in all workplaces. For more detailed information see Regulation 1101 of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. For a brief summary on the requirements of different organizations by number of employees please see below:

 

Organizations with 1-5 Employees:

Employers must ensure their first aid station containing an Ontario Section 8 Kit is at all times in charge of a trained employee holding a valid Emergency First Aid certificate. The Ontario section 8 First Aid kit is also offered in a deluxe version containing additional items exceeding workplace guidelines:

 

Organizations with 6-15 Employees:

Employers must ensure their first aid station containing an Ontario Section 9 Kit is in charge of a trained employee at all times who holds a valid Standard First Aid certification. This employee must work in the immediate vicinity of the First Aid Kit. The Ontario Section 9 First Aid kit is available in both a standard and deluxe version:

 

Organizations with 16-200 Employees:

Trained employees must have a Standard First Aid certificate and have immediate access to an Ontario section 10 First Aid kit at minimum. Like the other Ontario regulation kits they are available in a deluxe version which exceeds safety requirements. In addition to the Ontario Section 10 Kit it is also required there is a stretcher and two blankets onsite at all times:

 

Organizations with 200+ Employees:

The employer must provide a First Aid Room in addition to the required Ontario Section 10 First Aid kits at each different work area. This First Aid Room must be in the charge of a registered nurse, or a worker holding a Standard First Aid certification who does not perform additional work of a nature that would affect his/her ability to administer first aid in the case of an emergency.

 

Automated External Defibrillators

 
In addition to the kits mentioned above, Automated External Defibrillators or "AEDs" are a highly reccomended item. These devices have the power to save lives. 

 

Life is Precious. Be Prepared.