Nova Scotia First Aid Rooms & Dressing Stations

Welcome to the First Aid Room section for the Province of Nova Scotia.

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 Alberta website for possible updates. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

Notice: All persons making use of this section are reminded that it has no legislative sanction and has been provided for convenience of reference; and that the original Act should be consulted for all purposes of interpreting and applying the law.


First Aid Room Regulations

17 (1) Where the worksite is not an office and there are 100 or more employees regularly employed on any one shift at the worksite, the employer shall provide at least one first aid room or other approved first aid facility.


Equipment Supplies Minimum Requirements Recommended Products
(2) A first aid room shall
(a) be of sufficient size to accommodate the supplies and services required by these regulations and have an entrance that can easily accommodate a stretcher;
(b) be kept clean, well lighted, heated, ventilated and in a sanitary condition;
(c) contain a telephone or other means of communication between the first aid room and worksite areas served by the first aid room
(d) have emergency telephone numbers posted;
(e) include the following furniture:
(i) 1 permanent sink with hot and cold running water,
(ii) 1 refuse pail with a cover,
1 x FA14457 - Waste Receptacle, Step-On, 17L, White
(iii) 1 chair with arm rests that ensure that the chair is suitable to treat injured employees,
1 x FA26666 - Treatment Chair
(iv) 1 bed, covered with a plastic sheet,
1 x FA26155 - Recovery Couch w/Headrest
(v) pillows and blankets, and
2 x FA26712 - Pillow, Polyester Fibres &
2 x FA26154 - Blanket, Multi-Fibre, Grey, 152.4 x 213.4 cm
(vi) 1 cabinet suitable for storing dressings and instruments;
(f) contain the following material, equipment and supplies:
(i) 1 first aid guide,
1 x FA02458 - St. John Ambulance, First On The Scene (English)
(ii) 1 pair of 150 mm heavy-duty scissors,
1 x FA19577 - Scissors, Universal Paramedic, 15.9 cm
(iii) 1 splinter tweezers,
1 x FA19159 - Splinter Forceps, Blunt End, Nickel-Plated, 8.1 cm
(iv) 12 assorted safety pins,
1 x FA02026 - Safety Pins, Assorted Sizes
(v) 1 wash basin made of stainless steel or polypropylene,
1 x FA12483 - Wash Basin, Stainless Steel, 3 L
(vi) 1 nail brush,
1 x FA14978 - Nail Scrub Brush
(vii) 1 package of paper towels,
(viii) hand soap,
1 x FA06371 - Green Soap, Antiseptic Cleanser, 500 mL
(ix) 1 package of disposable paper cups,
1 x FA14454 - Drinking Flat Cups, Waxed Paper, 89 mL
(x) 1 cold sterilizer with a supply of non-rusting germicidal solution or means of sterilization that provides an equivalent level of protection,
1 x FA14356 - Instrument Sterilizing Solution, 2% Glutaraldehyde, 4 L
1 x FA19627 - Instrument Tray w/Cover, 20.3 x 30.5 x 6.4 cm, Stainless Steel
(xi) 1 kidney basin made of stainless steel or polypropylene,
1 x FA12129 - Emesis Basin, Plastic, 20.3 cm or
1 x FA12428 - Emesis Basin, Stainless Steel, 20.3 cm
(xii) 1 set of assorted x-ray permeable splints,
1 x FA14352 - Speedsplint, Multipurpose Splint
(xiii) 1 portable Number 2 First Aid Kit and a flashlight for use outside the room at the scene of an accident,
1 x FA50615 - Nova Scotia, No. 2, 16 Unit, Plastic Box, Unitized or
1 x FA50618 - Nova Scotia, No. 2, 16 Unit, Metal Cabinet w/Gasket, Unitized
(xiv) 20 additional pairs of disposable latex gloves or gloves made of material that provides an equivalent level of protection against the spread of infections or contagious conditions,
1 x FA18082 - Latex, Medical Examination Gloves, Powder-Free, Large
(xv) 1 first aid record book, or instruction on how first aid treatment records are to be maintained,
1 x FA14958 - Accident/Illness Record Book, Large
(xvi) 1 pencil,
1 x FA77020 - Pencil, 8.9 cm
(xvii) two rolls of adhesive tape (25 mm wide by 2.5 m long),
2 x FA07037 - Tape, Waterproof, Vinyl/Cloth, 2.5 cm x 4.6 m, Spooled
(xviii) antiseptics, including
(i) a disinfectant in the form of
(A) a 100 ml bottle of an adequate antiseptic, and
1 x FA06104 - Safecross, Antiseptic Skin Cleanser, 125 mL, Spray Pump
(B) 12 individually wrapped towellettes with an adequate antiseptic, and
1 x FA02619 - Benzalkonium Chloride (Bzk), Antiseptic Towelettes
(ii) 36 hand cleaners,
3 x FA02454 - Hand Cleansing Moist Towelettes
(xix) one marked plastic bag for disposal of biohazardous waste,
1 x FA14363 - Infectious Waste Bags, 15.2 x 22.9 cm
(xx) one airway barrier device for rescue breathing, and
1 x FA17745 - CPR Face Shield
(xxi) one magnifying lamp.
1 x FA19891 - Luxo Magnification Lamp w/Table Clamp, White
(g) at least the following dressings, individually wrapped:
(i) 6 sterile bandage compresses (100 mm x 100 mm),
6 x FA02425 - Compress Bandage, Deluxe, 10.2 x 10.2 cm (4" x 4")
(ii) 48 sterile adhesive dressings (25 mm wide),
1 x FA03569 - Fabric Bandages, 2.2 x 3.8 cm, Heavyweight
(iii) 32 sterile pads (75 mm x 75 mm)
3 x FA02023 - Gauze Pads, 7.6 x 7.6 cm, Sterile
(iv) 6 triangular bandages (1 m),
6 x FA02614 - Triangular Bandage, 101.6 x 101.6 x 142.2 cm (40" x 40" x 56"), Compressed
(v) 3 roller bandages (50 mm wide),
3 x FA02185 - Gauze Bandage Roll, 5.1 cm x 4.6 m
(vi) 1 roll of tubular finger bandages with applicator
1 x FA31671 - Gauze Digit Dressings, Medium
(vii) 10 finger tip dressings,
1 x FA02124 - Fabric Bandages, Fingertip Small, 4.4 x 5.1 cm, Heavyweight or
1 x FA02125 - Fabric Bandages, Fingertip Large, 4.4 x 7.6 cm, Heavyweight
(viii) 10 knuckle pad dressings, and
1 x FA02123 - Fabric Bandages, Knuckle, 3.8 x 7.6 cm, Heavyweight
(ix) 4 sterile abdominal bandages (200 mm x 400 mm)
4 x FA03505 - Abdominal/Combine Pad, 12.7 x 22.9 cm, Sterile

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