When it comes to first aid kits in the workplace, Ontario employers must abide by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the new Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard. These standards outline the recommended size and contents of first aid kits to ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees in case of emergency.
The CSA standard Z12.1-15 outlines the minimum requirements for first aid kits based on the number of employees and type of workplace. It divides first aid kits into 3 levels; Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.
Level 1 is designed for workplaces with up to 5 employees and should contain basic items such as adhesive bandages, gauze, antiseptic wipes, scissors, and a manual containing first aid procedures.
Level 2 is designed for workplaces with 6 to 50 employees, and it includes additional supplies such as elastic bandages, eye pads, emergency blankets, and a variety of bandages.
Level 3 is designed for workplaces with more than 50 employees, where it requires a fully stocked first aid room with trained first aid attendants. The room should include a wide range of supplies such as a variety of dressings, splints, and medical equipment, and should be clearly marked and easily accessible.
It's important to note that these are the minimum requirements set by CSA, and employers may be required to comply with additional regulations set by the OHSA. Employers are also required to provide first aid training to employees to ensure they are familiar with the contents of the first aid kits and how to use it properly.
In conclusion, the new Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard Z12.1-15, outlines the minimum requirements for first aid kits in the workplace. Employers should ensure that the first aid kits meet these requirements and that employees are trained in the proper usage of the contents of the kit. Employers should also ensure that the first aid kits are easily accessible and the right size based on the number of employees and the type of workplace.