You can find the in case of injury at work poster (also known as Form 82) on our website.
All workplaces in Ontario covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) are required to provide first aid training to their workers.
The required training depends on the number of workers per shift at a workplace:
- For a workplace with five or fewer workers on any one shift, the employer must make sure that at least one worker has an emergency first aid certificate. This program is 6.5 hours in length and is offered by organizations across the province.
- For workplaces with six or more workers on any shift, the employer must make sure that at least one worker has a standard first aid certificate. This program is 13 hours in length and is offered by organizations across the province.
If you have an emergency or standard first aid certificate from an approved provider in another province, we will accept the certificate until it expires. After the certificate expires, you are required to complete your first aid training with a WSIB-approved provider in Ontario.
There is no required ratio of trained first aiders to total workers under Regulation 1101. Workplaces must have at least one worker on site at all times who has a valid first aid certificate (according to the number of workers per shift). As a best practice, an employer should conduct an assessment of their workplace to determine how many first aiders are needed based on factors such as size and layout of the workplace.
Any worker can become a first aider. First aiders should not have duties that would limit their ability to provide prompt treatment, for example, frequent off-site work or in closed-door meetings.
Yes. The employer is required to cover the cost of first aid training and supplies. This includes covering wage costs for a worker’s time while they are completing an approved first aid training program.
At this time, we are not accepting any new applications from prospective workplace first aid training providers.
If you would like to be added to the list of potential providers, please email email@example.com, and we will notify you when new programs are being considered.
No, CPR training is not equivalent to first aid training. However, CPR is a component of first aid training. Any of the following, when taken as part of an approved emergency first aid or standard first aid program, would be in compliance with Regulation 1101:
- CPR A: includes CPR techniques for adults only.
- CPR B: includes CPR techniques for adults and children.
- CPR C: includes CPR techniques for adults, children and infants.
- CPR-HCP (Health Care Provider): covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adult, child and infant victims, including rescue breathing (artificial respiration) and the use of AEDs and bag-valve-masks (BVM).
Emergency first aid certificates cannot be renewed. Before your certificate expires you will need to complete the training in entirety to maintain your certification.
However, on a one-time only basis, the standard first aid certificate can be renewed by completing a one-day standard first aid renewal course with the original provider before the expiry of the original certificate. The new certificate must state “renewal” on it.
If your standard first aid certificate has already been renewed once, a new certificate must be obtained from an approved provider when your renewed certificate expires.
First aid kits can be assembled using the first aid kit/room lists from Regulation 1101 or you may also purchase ready-made first aid kits from a supplier of your choice. We do not endorse any particular first aid kit vendor.
Yes, some alternatives have been approved for first aid kit contents. They include:
- dressing forceps = single use tweezers;
- dressing scissors = single use scissors;
- denatured Ethyl Alcohol = single use antiseptic wipes;
- adhesive plaster and dressing = adhesive bandages;
- instrument sterilizer = not used by first aiders any longer – best to use single use items and discard; and
- enamel footbath = can use a stainless steel bowl.
All vehicles used for work purposes should be equipped with a first aid kit and supplies.
The first aid requirements for workers working off-site are the same as for workers working on-site (e.g., first aid stations and certified workers).
We administer First Aid Regulation 1101 under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. Questions related to Regulation 137/15 should be directed to the Ministry of Education.