As of November 23, 2018, the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) issued an amendment to the Manitoba Workplace Safety & Health Regulations. In 2014, CSA Group’s Occupational Health and Safety Standards Program and the Canadian Red Cross’s Workplace Injury Reduction Collaborative Forum held a joint workshop that discussed and reached an agreement that the development of a standard across Canada could serve as part of a national system for first aid training and assessment of training organizations. This resulted in the development of CSA Z1210, Workplace First Aid Standard.
Every province across Canada will soon have a harmonized regulation for Workplace first aid – for now, Manitoba is the first province to have updated their regulations. This new legislation means that employers will be responsible for updating their first aid kits depending on the number of employees and the type of workspace. There are three (3) different classifications (Type 1, 2, or 3) and three (3) different sizes (small, medium, and large) .
Do we have to purchase new kits immediately?
No, a transition time of one year will allow employers and suppliers time to use current supplies and either purchase new kits or stock supplies to the new standard. First aid kits are required to be in accordance with the Canadian Standards Association, CSA Z1220 – First aid kits for the workplace.
- • Ensure that employees know where first aid services may be accessed at the workplace
- • Ensure that the minimum number of first aiders are present on the workplace during working hours
- • Ensure that any illness or injury suffered by a worker in the course of their work at the workplace is documented and retained for 5 years after the illness/injury
- • Ensure that first aid kits meet the requirements as established in the Regulations
- • A worker who becomes ill or is injured at the workplace must report to their Supervisor, and fill out the required information on the first aid log form in the first aid kit
- • Inform their employer if there is something missing from the first aid kit
First aid kits are a basic workplace amenity that many of us often take for granted. We grab a band aid here or there and don’t think anything of it. Having a first aid kit on hand is very convenient, but they also have a greater purpose. Usage of the first aid kit can be a great indicator of what serious hazards may be in your workplace.
For example, ‘CJ’ catches his leg on a piece of metal that is sticking out of a storage rack. He grabs a small band aid and does not log the activity – after all, its just a scratch! Two days later, ‘Alex’ walks by and catches his leg on the same piece of metal. But this time, it cuts through ‘Alex’s’ pants and cuts his calf. He is taken to the clinic for 8 stitches and ends up missing two days of work. Had the hazard been documented and handled during the first incident, ‘Alex’ may not have ended up getting hurt.