First aid is emergency care given immediately to an injured person.
First aid helps to minimize injury and future disability, and in serious cases, it may save a life.
First aid services are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The level of first aid at your workplace is determined by:
- Staff numbers
- Proximity to a hospital
- Activities of the workplace
Use the First Aid Needs Assessment Tool to determine your workplace first aid requirements and to create first aid response procedures.
First Aid Attendants (FAA) Roles & Responsibilities
Responsibilities of the first aid attendant include:
- Providing prompt first aid within the scope of their training.
- Recording all observed/reported signs and symptoms of injuries, including exposure to hazardous materials.
- Referring injured employees to further medical assistance as needed, such as when the level of required care exceeds the scope of their training.
- Being physically and mentally capable of providing first aid.
- Assuming responsibility and authority over the injured until the responsibility for treatment is accepted at another medical facility, by someone with a higher level of first aid training, or by a paramedic.
First Aid Kits
Most workplaces will need a first aid kit. These are available through local safety supply firms and through the Product Distribution Centre. Consult with your designated ministry contact to see what first aid equipment has already been purchased and is available within the ministry.
If additional first aid supplies are needed, follow ministry procedures for purchases through the Product Distribution Centre. Learn more about WorkSafeBC first aid kit requirements.
First Aid Certification & Training
First Aid Records
First aid records must be kept for three years for all injuries and illnesses that are reported or treated.
First aid records are confidential and restricted to individuals needing access for reasons relevant to the workplace safety and health program (names removed where required by law, policy or regulation) and must be available for inspection by WorkSafeBC upon request.
Employees are entitled to copies of their own first aid record and may request or authorize access to their first aid records to others.
Sharing First Aid Resources
Sharing first aid services (first aid attendants, facilities, equipment) at your workplace can be beneficial both to you and to those who may share the service. However, sharing may also increase the level of attendants and supplies required, and create access issues possibly increasing overall costs.
Each workplace must first ensure it has adequate first aid resources by using the First Aid Needs Assessment Tool. Step 2 of the tool has information on how to share first aid and sample sharing agreements.
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Hepatitis B is an incurable infectious disease that can be contracted by exposure to infected blood and bodily fluids. If you're a first aid attendant, get vaccinated. Read more about workplace exposures.