PLEASE POST OR CIRCULATE #1: FIRST AID ISSUES 1. INTRODUCTION There are a number of issues which arise from Part 11 of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code (First Aid) that impact operations at the University of Alberta. Some of these constitute changes from the earlier First Aid Regulation. The purpose of this Bulletin is to acquaint supervisors and staff with the present First Aid requirements. 2. TRAINED FIRST AIDERS The Code prescribes that a minimum number of workers at each worksite be trained to provide first aid / CPR assistance. This number is dependent on a number of factors (severity of work hazards, number of workers, proximity to medical help); however our Office recommends that at least two staff members per floor or work area receive Standard First Aid / Heartsaver CPR training. For information about first aid courses offered on campus, or to register for one of these courses, go to the EH&S web site ( http://www.ehs.ualberta.ca/ ) and follow the links. 3. FIRST AID REPORT For years the First Aid Regulation has required that minor injuries be recorded in a first aid log, which was usually stored with the first aid kit. But under the current Code, this record is considered to be personal medical information and must therefore be kept confidential. A form, which includes the employee’s signature now required by recent amendments to the WCB regulations, has been developed to record these injuries in an acceptable manner. A downloadable version of this form is available on the EH&S web site. OVER --> UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY 107 Education Car Park (780) 492-1810 http://www.ehs.ualberta.ca/ EH&S SB #1R2 2007-08-23 4. FIRST AID KITS There are three levels of first aid kits. Which one is appropriate depends on the hazard (low, medium, or high) of the work going on at the work site, the proximity of the worksite to medical assistance (such as a hospital) and the number of workers at the worksite. For most of the University operations on the main campus, a #2 first aid kit is adequate, though work environments such as farm units or machine shops will require a #3 kit, while a strictly office environment could get by with a #1 kit. The contents required for each type of kit is as follows: NUMBER 1 KIT NUMBER 2 KIT NUMBER 3 KIT 10 antiseptic towelettes 10 antiseptic towelettes 24 antiseptic towelettes 25 adhesive dressings 50 adhesive dressings 100 adhesive dressings 10 10cm x 10cm gauze pads 20 10cm x 10cm gauze pads 50 10cm x 10cm gauze pads 2 10 cm compress with ties 3 10 cm compress with ties 6 10 cm compress with ties 2 15 cm compress with ties 3 15 cm compress with ties 6 15 cm compress with ties 2 7.5 cm gauze bandages 1 abdominal dressing 4 abdominal dressings 3 triangular bandages 2 7.5 cm gauze bandages 6 7.5 cm gauze bandages 5 safety pins 4 triangular bandages 12 triangular bandages 1 pair scissors 8 safety pins 12 safety pins 1 pair tweezers 1 pair scissors 1 pair scissors 1 roll 25mm adhesive tape 1 pair tweezers 1 pair tweezers 1 75 mm tension bandage 1 roll 25mm adhesive tape 2 rolls 25mm adhesive tape 1 CPR barrier device with 1 CPR barrier device with 1 CPR barrier device with one-way valve one-way valve one-way valve 4 pairs disposable gloves 2 75mm tension bandages 4 75mm tension bandages 1 instruction manual 6 pairs disposable gloves 12 pairs disposable gloves 1 kit inventory list 1 eye dressing pad 2 eye dressing pads 1 waterproof waste bag 1 instruction manual 1 tubular finger bndge+appl 1 kit inventory list 1 instruction manual 1 waterproof waste bag 1 kit inventory list 2 waterproof waste bags The most significant change in kit requirements is the provision in each type of kit of a CPR barrier device with one-way valve and latex gloves. 5. FURTHER INFORMATION Part 11 of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code 2006 (First Aid) and Schedule 2 (First Aid) may be viewed online at: http://employment.alberta.ca/documents/WHS/WHS-LEG_ohsc_2006.pdf or ordered from the Queen’s Printer, 11510 Kingsway; phone 427-4952 If you have any other questions about this Bulletin, call Gordon Weir at 2-1631 or email him at email@example.com.