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Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/2010-120)

Regulations are current to 2021-09-11 and last amended on 2021-07-01. Previous Versions

PART 6Medical Care (continued)

General (continued)

 If an employee sustains an injury or becomes aware that they have a disabling injury or illness, the employee must, if feasible, report immediately for first aid to a person who holds a first aid certificate.

  •  (1) The employer must ensure that on board every vessel

    • (a) there is at least one person who holds a first aid certificate and who can immediately render first aid to employees who are injured or ill; and

    • (b) for every work place at which employees are working on live electrical equipment, there is at least one employee who has, in the 12 months before the performance of the work on the electrical equipment, successfully completed a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation given by an approved organization.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to shore-based employees for whom a first aid room, a health unit or a medical facility is provided on shore.

 Emergency medical and dental care while employees are on board a vessel or landed in a foreign port must be provided free of charge.

Medical Care Ashore

 Measures must be taken to ensure that employees have access, when in port, to

  • (a) outpatient treatment for injury and illness;

  • (b) hospitalization when necessary; and

  • (c) dental treatment.

First Aid Kit, Medicine Chest, Medical Equipment and Medical Guide

  •  (1) The employer must provide and maintain for a work place set out in column 1 of Table 1 to this section the type of first aid kit set out in column 2 and a medical guide.

  • (2) The first aid kit and its contents, as well as the medical equipment and medical guide carried on board a vessel, must be properly maintained and inspected at regular intervals of not more than 12 months, by a qualified person to ensure that supplies and equipment are properly stored and labelled with directions for their use and their expiry date, that all equipment functions as required and that all supplies have not reached or exceeded their expiry dates and are not set to expire before to the next scheduled inspection date.

  • (3) Every first aid kit must be

    • (a) accessible when an employee is on board the vessel; and

    • (b) clearly identified by a conspicuous sign.

  • (4) A first aid kit must contain the supplies and equipment set out in column 1 of Table 2 to this section in the applicable quantities set out in column 2.

    TABLE 1

    Requirements for First Aid Kits

    Column 1Column 2
    ItemWork PlaceType of First Aid Kit
    1On a vessel with
    (a) 1 to 5 employeesA
    (b) 6 to 19 employeesB
    (c) 20 to 49 employeesC
    (d) more than 50 employeesD
    2At a detached work placeE

    TABLE 2

    First Aid Kit Type, Supplies and Equipment

    Column 1Column 2
    Type of First Aid Kit
    ItemSupplies and EquipmentQuantity per Type of First Aid Kit
    1Antiseptic-wound solution, 60 mL or antiseptic swabs (10-pack)12361
    2Applicator-disposable (10-pack) [not needed if antiseptic swabs used]1248
    3Bag-disposable, waterproof, emesis1224
    4Bandage-adhesive strips121002004006
    5Gauze, Roll 2.5 cm × 10 m26812
    6Bandage-triangular-100 cm folded and 2 pins24681
    7Container-First Aid Kit11111
    8Dressing-compress, sterile 7.5 cm × 12 cm approximately24812
    9Dressing-gauze, sterile 10.4 cm × 10.4 cm approximately4812182
    11Manual-First Aid, English — current edition1111
    12Manual-First Aid, French –– current edition1111
    13Pad with shield or tape for eye11241
    14Record-First Aid (section 119)11111
    15Scissors — 10 cm11111
    16Tape-adhesive, surgical 1.2 cm × 4.6 m (not needed if ties attached to dressings)1123
    18Antipruritic lotion 30 ml or swabs (10 packs)1112
    19Bandage-elastic 7.5 cm × 5 m12
    20Blanket-emergency, pocket size1
    21Dressing-burn, sterile, 10 cm × 10 cm1122
    22Dressing-burn, sterile, 20 cm × 20 cm11
    23Hand cleanser or cleaning towelettes, 1 pack1111
    24Malleable splint set with padding111
    26Gloves, disposable examination non-latex (pr)51020305
    27Mask, barrier device for mouth to mouth resuscitation11231
    28Tongue depressor, disposable551010
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