British Columbia First Aid Rooms & Dressing Stations

Welcome to the First Aid Room section for the Province of British Columbia.

This section will outline all the regulatory items to set up a regulation First Aid Room within your organization. Regulations listed below are current; however, please visit the British Columbia website for possible updates. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

Location and Access

A first aid facility should be located as near as practicable to the work area or areas it is to serve. It should be a room within a building or, if this is not practicable, a tent, vehicle , or other suitable structure.

The first aid facility should be designed and located for easy entrance to and exit from the facility for a worker requiring stretcher transport. A stretcher should not have to be tipped or turned to enter or exit the first aid facility.

In remote areas, building a first aid facility may not be practicable. However, the facility should be at least of the same design and construction as workers' lodgings. If trailers are provided for workers' lodgings, a trailer should be provided for the first aid facility.

When a tent is used, it should: -Be of the same size and have the same equipment as a first aid room or dressing station, as appropriate

  • Be fitted with a non-porous floor that can be cleaned with soap and water
  • Have a source of heat that will provide sufficient warmth for good patient care (maintaining body temperature) A first aid facility may be locked to prevent theft and vandalism or for other appropriate reasons. If so, there must be effective means of immediate access during all working hours.

Utilities

The facility should be adequately illuminated, heated, and ventilated. It should have a sink plumbed with hot and cold running water or, if this is not practicable, an alternative system for supplying fresh, potable water. If showering may be required treatment for chemical exposure, the facility should have a shower or have a shower facility as near as practicable.

It may be impracticable to plumb a first aid facility in certain situations, such as where the facility is a trailer on a construction site or the work is at a remote location. In these cases, one of the following alternative sources or water, with means to heat it, may be considered until a permanent source of water can be connected: The facility has an internal tank able to hold a minimum of 45 litres (10 gallons) of fresh potable water which can be pumped into the facility's sink. The water in this tank must be changed daily, or changed weekly if treated for the prevention of contamination.

  • The facility is connected to a hose or water line from a fresh potable water outlet that can be pumped into the facility's sink.
  • The facility has an insulated container able to hold about 20 litres (5 gallons) of fresh potable water changed daily to prevent contamination.
  • A fresh water supply company provides fresh water in a bottle or jug attached to a hot/cold dispenser. Other recommendations

Since the facility must be kept clean and sanitary, a non-porous floor covering is recommended.

The facility should have a notice conspicuously displayed outside the door or in the area, indicating how to call and where to find the attendant.

The first aid facility is also subject to the general requirements relating to workplace premises in the OHS Regulation.

Using a first aid facility for purposes other than first aid.

A first aid facility may be used for purposes other than first aid it:

  • It is immediately available for first aid treatment
  • The facility is not at a remote workplace (more than two hours' surface travel from a hospital)
  • The minimum floor area needed for first aid is maintained
  • Such use will neither impede the treatment of an injured worker nor pose a hazard to workers

In addition to the above recommendations, a first aid room should be at least 9.3 square metres (100 sq ft). It should have:

  • Storage cupboards
  • A counter
  • A toilet, or have a toilet facility as near as practicable

At a remote workplace (more than 2 hours' surface travel time to a hospital), a first aid room should be equipped to provide reasonable overnight care for two injured workers and be used exclusively for first aid purposes.


First Aid Room Regulations

A first aid room should have the following equipment:


Equipment Supplies Minimum Requirements Recommended Products
If a first aid room is required by Schedule 1, the following equipment must be provided
3 blankets
3 x FA26154 - Blanket, Multi-Fibre, Grey, 152.4 x 213.4 cm
1 bed approximately 2 m long x 75 cm wide and 75 cm high, with a mattress having a non- porous surface or covered with non-porous material
1 x FA26279 - Cot, Rollaway w/Mattress, 76.2 x 188 cm (30")
pillows with non-porous surface or covered with non-porous material
2 x FA26712 - Pillow, Polyester Fibres
sheets
2 x FA26715 - Sheet, Flat, Cotton/Polyester, 167.6 x 241.3 cm
refuse pail with lid
1 x FA14457 - Waste Receptacle, Step-On, 17L, White
package of paper towels
eye cup
1 x FA04166 - Eye Cup, Plastic
safety pins
1 x FA02026 - Safety Pins, Assorted Sizes
4.5 kg sand bags
1 x FA14550 - Sand Bag, Red Vinyl, 33.7 x 15.9 cm
11.5 cm stainless steel sliver forceps
1 x FA19156 - Splinter Forceps, Fine Point, 11.4 cm
15 cm stainless steel thin nosed plier-type forceps
1 x FA19166 - Splinter Forceps, Fine Point, 16.5 cm
14 cm stainless steel bandage scissors
1 x FA19161 - Scissors, Bandage, 14 cm
universal scissors
1 x FA19577 - Scissors, Universal Paramedic, 15.9 cm
oral thermometer
1 x FA14264 - Thermometer, Oral, Glass, Dual-Scale
nail brush
1 x FA14978 - Nail Scrub Brush
penlight or flashlight with batteries
1 x FA14790 - Penlight, Reusable w/2 Aaa Batteries
patient assessment charts
1 x FA14225 - British Columbia, Instruction Card For Reporting
first aid record book, and pencil or pen
1 x FA02054 - St. John Ambulance, Pocket Guide (English/French)
14 cm x 19 cm antiseptic towelettes, individually packaged
1 x FA02619 - Benzalkonium Chloride (Bzk), Antiseptic Towelettes
150 ml liquid antibacterial soap
1 x FA14582 - Deb Microsan, Hand Sanitizer, Antiseptic Gel, 400 mL
eye lamp, self illuminating, magnifying
1 x FA19891 - Luxo Magnification Lamp w/Table Clamp, White
cold packs
1 x FA14190 - Cold Pack, Instant, Small, 10.2 x 15.2 cm
expanded metal splints, minimum length 60 cm
1 x FA02599 - Wire Splint, Aluminum Mesh, 9.8 x 61 cm or
1 x FA99599 - Wire Splint, Aluminum Mesh, 9.8 x 61 cm
tongue depressors
1 x FA14184 - Tongue Depressors, Senior, 1.9 x 15.2 cm
cotton tip applicators
1 x FA20139 - Cotton Tipped Applicators, 7.6 cm, Single-End
30 g tubes water soluble burn treatment
1 x FA06651 - Water-Jel, Burn Jel, 118 mL
100 ml liquid adhesive tape remover
1 x FA14883 - Tape Remover, 100 mL
sterile adhesive dressings
1 x FA03026 - Fabric Bandages, 2.2 x 7.6 cm, Heavyweight
sterile skin closures
1 x FA03486 - Steri-Strip, Skin Closures, Assorted
20 cm x 25 cm sterile abdominal dressings, individually packaged
1 x FA03504 - Abdominal/Combine Pad, 20.3 x 25.4 cm, Sterile
sterile eye pads, individually packaged
1 x FA04273 - Eye Dressing Pads
30 cm x 40 cm sterile abdominal dressings, individually packaged
1 x FA02783 - Trauma Dressing, 25.4 x 76.2 cm, Sterile
7.5 cm x 7.5 cm gauze sponges
1 x FA03437 - Gauze Sponges, 7.6 x 7.6 cm, 8-Ply
7.5 cm x 7.5 cm sterile gauze dressings, individually packaged
1 x FA03085 - Gauze Pads, 7.6 x 7.6 cm, Sterile
10 cm x 10 cm sterile gauze dressings, individually packaged
1 x FA3222 - Gauze Pads, 10.2 x 10.2 cm, Sterile
10 cm x 16.5 cm sterile pressure dressings with crepe ties
1 x FA02126 - Compress Bandage, 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6" x 6")
2.5 cm x 4.5 m adhesive crepe bandages
1 x FA08634 - Coban, Self-Adherent Wrap, 2.5 cm x 4.6 m
2.5 cm x 4.5 m rolls of adhesive tape
1 x FA07616 - Tape, Clear Plastic, 2.5 cm x 4.6 m
5 cm x 4.5 m rolls of adhesive tape
1 x FA07794 - Tape, Cotton Cloth, 5.1 cm x 4.6 m
7.5 cm x 4.5 m crepe roller bandages
1 x FA08303 - Coban, Self-Adherent Wrap, 7.6 cm x 4.6 m
7.5 cm x 4.5 m esmarch gum rubber bandage
1 x FA02226 - Esmarch Bandage, 7.6 cm x 4.6 m
5 cm x 1.8 m conforming gauze roller bandages
1 x FA02542 - Conforming Stretch Bandages, 5.1 cm x 1.8 m
7.5 cm x 1.8 m conforming gauze roller bandages
1 x FA02543 - Conforming Stretch Bandages, 7.6 cm x 1.8 m
cotton triangular bandages, minimum length of base 1.25 m
1 x FA02612 - Triangular Bandage, 101.6 x 101.6 x 142.2 cm (40" x 40" x 56"), Non-Compressed
#0l - 4.5 m tubular finger bandage with applicator
1 x FA31651 - Surgitube, Tubular Gauze w/Applicator, (0 or 1), 1.6 cm x 4.6 m
500 ml sterile 0.9% sodium chloride solution (saline)
1 x FA04891 - Irrigation Solution, Sodium Chloride, 0.9%, 500 mL, Sterile
kidney basin
1 x FA12129 - Emesis Basin, Plastic, 20.3 cm
wash basin
1 x FA12483 - Wash Basin, Stainless Steel, 3 L
cold instrument sterilizer
1 x FA14356 - Instrument Sterilizing Solution, 2% Glutaraldehyde, 4 L
4.5 litre non-rusting germicidal solution for instrument tray
1 x FA14356 - Instrument Sterilizing Solution, 2% Glutaraldehyde, 4 L
chair suitable for treating injured worker with non-porous surface or covered with non-porous material
1 x FA26666 - Treatment Chair
portable urinal, if overnight care may be required
bedpan, if overnight care may be required

Dressing Station Regulations

Equipment Supplies Minimum Requirements Recommended Products
blankets
3 x FA26154 - Blanket, Multi-Fibre, Grey, 152.4 x 213.4 cm
metal splints, minimum length 60 cm
refuse pail with lid
1 x FA14457 - Waste Receptacle, Step-On, 17L, White
package of paper towels
bifocal magnifier with head strap, 12.5 cm focus
1 x FA19312 - Magnifocuser Binocular Magnifier with Magnifier Binocular Aux. Lens Only 19145
eye cup
1 x FA04166 - Eye Cup, Plastic
safety pins
1 x FA02026 - Safety Pins, Assorted Sizes
11.5 cm stainless steel sliver forceps
1 x FA19156 - Splinter Forceps, Fine Point, 11.4 cm
14 cm stainless steel bandage scissors
1 x FA19161 - Scissors, Bandage, 14 cm
oral thermometer
1 x FA14264 - Thermometer, Oral, Glass, Dual-Scale
nail brush
1 x FA14978 - Nail Scrub Brush
penlight or flashlight with batteries
1 x FA14790 - Penlight, Reusable w/2 Aaa Batteries
patient assessment charts
first aid record book, and pencil or pen
1 x FA02054 - St. John Ambulance, Pocket Guide (English/French)
150 ml liquid antibacterial soap
1 x FA14582 - Deb Microsan, Hand Sanitizer, Antiseptic Gel, 400 mL
cold packs
1 x FA14190 - Cold Pack, Instant, Small, 10.2 x 15.2 cm
tongue depressors
1 x FA14184 - Tongue Depressors, Senior, 1.9 x 15.2 cm
cotton tip applicators
1 x FA20139 - Cotton Tipped Applicators, 7.6 cm, Single-End
30 gram tubes water soluble burn treatment
1 x FA06651 - Water-Jel, Burn Jel, 118 mL
100 ml liquid adhesive tape remover
1 x FA14883 - Tape Remover, 100 mL
sterile adhesive dressings, assorted sizes, individually packaged
1 x FA03026 - Fabric Bandages, 2.2 x 7.6 cm, Heavyweight
sterile skin closures, individually packaged
1 x FA03486 - Steri-Strip, Skin Closures, Assorted
20 cm x 25 cm sterile abdominal dressings, individually packaged
1 x FA03504 - Abdominal/Combine Pad, 20.3 x 25.4 cm, Sterile
30 cm x 40 cm sterile abdominal dressings, individually packaged
1 x FA02783 - Trauma Dressing, 25.4 x 76.2 cm, Sterile
sterile eye pads, individually packaged
1 x FA04273 - Eye Dressing Pads
7.5 cm x 7.5 cm gauze sponges
1 x FA03437 - Gauze Sponges, 7.6 x 7.6 cm, 8-Ply
7.5 cm x 7.5 cm sterile gauze dressings, individually packaged
1 x FA03085 - Gauze Pads, 7.6 x 7.6 cm, Sterile
10 cm x 10 cm sterile gauze dressings, individually packaged
1 x FA03222 - Gauze Pads, 10.2 x 10.2 cm, Sterile
7.5 cm x 4.5 m crepe roller bandages
1 x FA08303 - Coban, Self-Adherent Wrap, 7.6 cm x 4.6 m
10 cm x 16.5 cm sterile pressure dressings, with crepe ties
1 x FA02126 - Compress Bandage, 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6" x 6")
7.5 cm x 4.5 m adhesive crepe bandage
1 x FA03308 - Tensoplast, Elastic Adhesive Bandage, 7.6 cm x 4.6 m
2.5 cm x 4.5 m rolls of adhesive tape
1 x FA07616 - Tape, Clear Plastic, 2.5 cm x 4.6 m
5 cm x 4.5 m rolls of adhesive tape
1 x FA07794 - Tape, Cotton Cloth, 5.1 cm x 4.6 m
7.5 cm x 4.5 m esmarch gum rubber bandage
1 x FA02226 - Esmarch Bandage, 7.6 cm x 4.6 m
5 cm x 1.8 m conforming gauze roller bandages
1 x FA02542 - Conforming Stretch Bandages, 5.1 cm x 1.8 m
7.5 cm x 1.8 m conforming gauze roller bandages
1 x FA02543 - Conforming Stretch Bandages, 7.6 cm x 1.8 m
cotton triangular bandages, minimum length of base 1.25 m
1 x FA02612 - Triangular Bandage, 101.6 x 101.6 x 142.2 cm (40" x 40" x 56"), Non-Compressed
#01 - 4.5 m tubular finger bandage with applicator
1 x FA31651 - Surgitube, Tubular Gauze w/Applicator, (0 or 1), 1.6 cm x 4.6 m
500 ml sterile 0.9% sodium chloride solution (saline)
1 x FA04891 - Irrigation Solution, Sodium Chloride, 0.9%, 500 mL, Sterile
kidney basin
1 x FA12129 - Emesis Basin, Plastic, 20.3 cm
wash basin
1 x FA12483 - Wash Basin, Stainless Steel, 3 L
cold instrument sterilizer
1 x FA14356 - Instrument Sterilizing Solution, 2% Glutaraldehyde, 4 L
4.5 litre non-rusting germicidal solution for instrument tray
1 x FA14356 - Instrument Sterilizing Solution, 2% Glutaraldehyde, 4 L
chair suitable for treating injured worker with non-porous surface or covered with non-porous material
1 x FA26666 - Treatment Chair

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