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Common Question's

Here are some common questions people and employers have asked, if you don't find the answer you are looking for for below, please send us an email and we will be sure to get back you with an answer! 

How long is a First Aid Certificate valid for?

2 years from the date the candidate passed the course.

Recertification policy.

First Aid recertifications have to be completed before the 2 year date on your certification. First Aid recertifications can only be renewed once and must be done with the original organization (ex: Life Saving Society, Red Cross) that certified the individual. 

First Aid Course Types:

  • Standard: Full 2 day (in-person) course that covers all mandated regulated procedures that are WSIB compliant.

  • Emergency: 1 day (in-person) course that fast tracks the candidate through the basic procedures of the 'standard' First Aid course. This does come with a certificate, however this course is not WSIB approved.

  • Recertification: 1 day (in-person) course that can only be completed if taken within the '2 Year' period that the original Standard First Aid course was taken. Recertifications can only be taken once, and has to be completed with the original certifying organization (ex: Life Saving Society, Red Cross etc.).

Do I have to do anything else as an employer?

You have to inform your employees of the first-aid arrangements. Putting up notices telling staff who and where the first-aiders or appointed persons are and where the first-aid box is will usually be enough. You will need to make special arrangements to give first-aid information to employees with reading or language difficulties.

What are the contents of a First-Aid Kit?

There is no mandatory list of items to be included in a first-aid container. The decision on what to provide will be influenced by the findings of the first-aid needs assessment.

As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:

  • First Aid pocket guide

  • 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided if necessary);

  • 2 sterile eye pads;

  • 2 individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;

  • 6 safety pins;

  • 2 large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;

  • 6 medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;

  • 3+ pairs of disposable non-latex gloves.

  • Glucose tablets 

  • Pocket Mask(s)

There is no mandatory list of items to be included in first-aid kits for travelling workers.

Travelling first-aid kits might typically contain:

  • First Aid pocket guide

  • 6 individually wrapped sterile plasters (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided, if necessary);

  • 2 individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;

  • 2 safety pins;

  • 1 large sterile un-medicated dressing;

  • individually wrapped moist cleansing wipes

  • 3 pairs of disposable non-latex gloves.

  • Pocket Mask

  • Dry Food

  • Bottled Water

  • Winter Items:

    • Blanket 

    • Hand/feet warmers

Either of the above should be considered as suggested contents lists only.

Additional information can be found in the 1101 Regulation 1101.

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