Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/2011-87)
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Regulations are current to 2023-05-17 and last amended on 2021-07-01. Previous Versions
PART 9First Aid (continued)
9.2 (1) Every employer shall establish and keep up-to-date written instructions for the rendering of first aid to an employee who is incapacitated.
(2) The employer shall make the instructions readily available for examination by employees.
First Aid Attendants
9.3 If there are three or more employees on board an aircraft, at least one of whom is not a flight crew member, one of them shall be a first aid attendant.
9.4 A first aid attendant shall
(a) have access to a first aid kit;
(b) render first aid to employees who are incapacitated;
(c) if required, accompany an incapacitated employee to a health unit or a medical treatment facility and render first aid in transit;
(d) in providing care as a first aid attendant, have precedence over anyone not trained in first aid; and
(e) be responsible for providing care for an incapacitated employee until the treatment is complete or the employee is under the care of an equally or more qualified caregiver.
9.5 (1) If the time required to reach a health unit or a medical treatment facility is two hours or less, the first aid attendant shall have successfully completed a basic first aid course, the elements of which are set out in section 1 of Schedule 1 to this Part, or a first aid course for flight attendants, the elements of which are set out in section 3 of that Schedule.
(2) If the time required to reach a health unit or a medical treatment facility is more than two hours, the first aid attendant shall have successfully completed a standard first aid course, the elements of which are set out in section 2 of Schedule 1 to this Part, or a first aid course for flight attendants, the elements of which are set out in section 3 of that Schedule.
(3) The employer shall determine, in consultation with the policy committee or, if there is no policy committee, the work place committee or the health and safety representative, the elective lesson elements, if any, of the flight attendant first aid courses required on any particular flight, taking into account the likelihood of their use.
(4) First aid courses for flight attendants shall be given by a qualified person who holds a valid certification from an approved organization attesting that they are competent to deliver first aid courses.
(5) Basic and standard first aid certificates and first aid certifications for flight attendants are valid for a maximum of three years from the day on which they are issued.
- SOR/2012-271, s. 11
- SOR/2019-246, s. 411
- SOR/2021-122, s. 68
9.6 [Repealed, SOR/2012-271, s. 12]
First Aid Kits
9.7 (1) Every first aid kit shall be
(a) readily accessible;
(b) inspected regularly and its contents maintained in a clean, dry and serviceable condition; and
(c) clearly identified by a conspicuous sign.
(2) Prescription drugs or other medications not included in Schedule 2 to this Part shall not be stored in first aid kits or with additional first aid supplies and equipment listed in Schedule 3 to this Part.
First Aid Supplies and Equipment
9.8 (1) If there are five or fewer employees working on board an aircraft at any time, the employer shall provide one first aid kit.
(2) If there are from six to 19 employees working on board an aircraft at any time, the employer shall provide two first aid kits.
(3) If there are 20 or more employees working on board an aircraft at any time, the employer shall provide three first aid kits.
(4) If there is no flight attendant working on board an aircraft, the first aid kits shall be of type “A”, the contents of which are set out in Schedule 2 to this Part.
(5) If there is at least one flight attendant working on board an aircraft, the first aid kits shall be of type “B”, the contents of which are set out in Schedule 2 to this Part.
(6) If there are three or more employees working on board an aircraft, the employer shall provide the additional supplies and equipment set out in column 1 of Schedule 3 to this Part in the applicable quantities set out in column 2.
(7) If there are 200 seats or more on board an aircraft, there shall be an additional type “B” first aid kit for each 200 seats.
9.9 (1) The employer shall provide an ambulance service or other suitable means of transporting an incapacitated employee to a health unit or medical treatment facility.
(2) An incapacitated employee shall be relieved of all duties and transported to a health unit or medical treatment facility as soon as feasible.
Communication of Information
9.10 The employer shall ensure that the following information is readily available to every employee:
(a) the description of the first aid to be rendered for any incapacity; and
(b) the description of the transportation procedures for incapacitated employees.
9.11 (1) A means of recording first aid that has been rendered shall be readily available to an employee on board an aircraft.
(2) An employee who renders first aid shall
(a) enter in a first aid record the following information:
(i) the full name of the incapacitated employee,
(ii) the date, time and location of the occurrence of the incapacity,
(iii) the date and time that the incapacity was reported to them,
(iv) a brief description of the incapacity,
(v) a brief description of the first aid rendered,
(vi) a brief description of arrangements made for the treatment or transportation of the incapacitated employee, and
(vii) the names of any witnesses, if applicable; and
(b) sign the first aid record beneath the information entered in accordance with paragraph (a).
(3) A copy of each first aid record shall be given to the employer as soon as feasible after the recording of the information.
(4) The employer shall keep the copy of the first aid record containing information entered under subsection (2) for two years starting on the date of that entry.
(5) Persons with access to first aid records shall keep the information contained in the records confidential except as required for the purpose of meeting reporting obligations under Part 10.
(6) On receiving a written request from a provincial workers’ compensation authority or a physician, the employer shall provide an employee with a copy of any first aid record pertaining to the employee’s treatment.
(7) The employer shall keep a record of the expiry dates of the first aid certificates and first aid certifications for first aid attendants and make it readily available to them.
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