Workers Safety Board has been around in Ontario for a long time in one form or another. As far back as 1886 as the Workmen’s Compensation for Injury Act, then Workmen’s Compensation Act of 1914. The administration was known as the Workmen’s Compensation Board (WCB). “Workmen” was changed to “Workplace” in 1981.
Through 1980’s and 1990’s there were several commission reports and restructuring of WCB into our present-day Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
WSIA Regulation 1101 of this law deals with first aid requirements in various work environments.
There is a lot of information in this regulation, but it basically has five parts:
- First aid kit requirements according to employees working a shift.
- Special industries requirements
- Requirements when there is a workplace injury
- Approved Training agencies
- WSIB Offices
The first section spells out what the minimum expectations are, item by item for the first aid kit. Quantities depend on how many people are working on shift at one time.
No where does the Act state how to determine which training course to chose or how may staff need training. That information can only be found on the WSIB site. In Ontario you only have two choices for workplace training. Standard and Emergency First Aid. Easy right?
Well no, not really. Here is how you decide which course; how many people work on a shift. If you have 1-5 employees working someone needs the Emergency First Aid course however if you have 6 or more employees working at on a shift someone need to have the standard first aid course. Now don’t forget to cover off trained staff vacation time, sick time and travelling staff!
LOL! Call let’s figure it out together.
First Aid Training, Why Bother.