WorkSafeBC Update to First Aid Regulations

In April 2023, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to Part 3 of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation, relating to first aid. These amendments take effect November 1, 2024.

To assist in preparing for the proposed requirements, WorkSafeBC has added further guidance to the backgrounder on the occupational first aid regulatory changes.

A summary of the additions is available below.

For detailed information, click the backgrounds links:

Occupational first aid regulatory changes

Board of Directors approves amendments to the OHS Regulation

Current first aid requirements

Guidance on “less-accessible” workplaces – “Less-accessible” workplaces include workplaces that cannot readily be reached by an ambulance travelling by land, as well as those where a BC Emergency Health Services ambulance attendant may not be able to safely access an injured worker. The backgrounder now includes guidance on identifying “less-accessible” workplaces.

Alignment with the CSA standards – Information has been added on updated first aid training program names and shortened course duration for Intermediate First Aid (currently OFA 2). Basic information on new first aid kits and equipment requirements have also been added.

Emergency transportation – the amended OHS Regulation requires that written first aid procedures identify how workers will be accessed and moved if there are barriers to first aid, and the location and method of emergency transport where required. Information on the minimum requirements for emergency transportation has been added.

For more information, see Backgrounder: Occupational first aid regulatory changes on the WorkSafeBC website.