Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

OHS General Regulations – Part 9 - First Aid

In 2021, the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) General Regulations pertaining to first aid requirements were amended to update the requirements for first aid kits in PEI workplaces. Classification and size of first aid kits have changed to reflect those found in Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard Z1220-17 – First Aid Kits for the Workplace.

First Aid Kits
Classification and size of first aid kits have changed to reflect those found in CSA Standard Z1220-17 – First Aid Kits for the Workplace. By harmonizing to the standard, workplace first aid kits will be part of a national system in reducing barriers to trade and labour mobility.

First aid kits are now classified as follows:
      Type 1: Personal first aid kit
      Type 2: Basic first aid kit (small, medium and large)
      Type 3: Intermediate first aid kit (small, medium and large)

As an employer, how does this impact my business?
An employer must determine the proper first aid kit classification for the work environment based on the results of a first aid risk assessment completed by a competent person. For additional factors to consider when performing this risk assessment refer to section 9.3(4) of the OHS General Regulations.

Employers have until March 6, 2022 to ensure their first aid kits are in compliance with the new standard. First Aid Kits that meet the requirements in the regulations prior to March 6, 2021 can continue to be used until March 6, 2022. If additional kits are being added or old kits replaced between now and 2022, they must conform to the new CSA standard.

First Aid Room
The list of required equipment for first aid rooms has been updated in Part 9.14 – First Aid Room.

As an employer, how does this impact my business? Workplaces that are required to provide a first aid room should review Part 9.14 (2) as the list of required equipment has been updated. Employers have until March 6, 2022 to be fully compliant with these new requirements.

Note - First aid training requirements remain unchanged.

Additional resources:

Guide to Workplace Harassment Regulations
Guide to Workplace
First Aid Regulations

Employers may access the updated OHS General Regulations on our website at wcb.pe.ca.

If you have questions or concerns on the standards or regulations, reach out to our OHS Division at 902-368-5697 or 1-800-237-5049 for assistance.