First Aid Program


The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code requires employers to provide first aid and have designated first aiders at work sites. The OHS Code defines the minimum standards in services, equipment, and supplies and stipulates the number of first aiders, the level of first aid training required, the type and number of first aid kits required, and the type and quantity of supplies and equipment required. These requirements are based on the hazard level of the work performed at the workplace, the number of workers per shift, and the distance of the worksite to the nearest health care facility.

First aid kits and supplies are required to be provided and maintained by each faculty/department/business unit and meet the requirements outlined in the OHS Code. First aid kits should be checked on a regular basis and missing supplies replaced. See first aid kit types and contents in the dropdown below.

  1. Laboratories

    All laboratory spaces are designated a Medium-Hazard worksite under Occupational Health and Safety. As such, all labs are required to have a minimum of a Number 2 first aid kit. If the lab has more than fifty people, a Number 3 first aid kit is required.

  2. Office and Administrative Areas

    All office and administrative worksites should have a minimum of a Number 1 first aid kit if there are less than fifty workers per shift or a Number 2 first aid kit if there are between fifty to ninety-nine workers per shift.

  3. Field Work, Workshops, and Distant Worksites

    Any fieldwork kits, workshops, or distant work sites are required to have a Number 2 first aid kit for less than twenty people and a Number 3 first aid kit for more than twenty people.

  4. Construction and Demolition Sites

    Any High-hazard sites, such as active construction and demolition, plant operations, or machine shops, require a Number 2 first aid kit for less than twenty people, and a Number 3 first aid kit for over twenty people.

  5. Working Alone

    A Type P (Personal) first aid kit is required when a worker is performing work alone or is in transport to a worksite while working (i.e. a field station).

Number 1 First Aid Kit

10 - antiseptic cleansing towelettes, individually packaged 
25 - sterile adhesive dressings, individually packaged (bandaid strips)
10 - 10 centimetres x 10 centimetres sterile gauze pads individually packaged 
2 - 10 centimetres x 10 centimetres sterile compress dressings, with ties, individually packaged 
2 - 15 centimetres x 15 centimetres sterile compress dressings, with ties, individually packaged 
2 - conform gauze bandages - 75 millimetres wide 
3 - cotton triangular bandages 
5 - safety pins - assorted sizes
1 - pair of scissors 
1 - pair of tweezers 
1 - 25 millimetres x 4.5 metres roll of adhesive tape 
1 - crepe tension bandages - 75 millimetres wide 
1 - resuscitation barrier device with a one-way valve 
4 - pairs of disposable surgical gloves 
1 - sterile, dry eye dressing 
1 - first aid instruction manual (condensed) 
1 - inventory of kit contents 
1 - waterproof waste bag

Number 2 First Aid Kit

10 - antiseptic cleansing towelettes, individually packaged
50 - sterile adhesive dressings, individually packaged
20 - 10 centimetres x 10 centimetres sterile gauze pads individually packaged
3 - 10 centimetres x 10 centimetres sterile compress dressings, with ties, individually packaged
3 - 15 centimetres x 15 centimetres sterile compress dressings, with ties, individually packaged
1 - 20 centimetres x 25 centimetres sterile abdominal dressing
2 - conform gauze bandages - 75 millimetres wide
4 - cotton triangular bandages
8 - safety pins - assorted sizes
1 - pair of scissors
1 - pair of tweezers
1 - 25 millimetres x 4.5 metres roll of adhesive tape
2 - crepe tension bandages - 75 millimetres wide
1 - resuscitation barrier device with a one-way valve
6 - pairs of disposable surgical gloves
1 - sterile, dry eye dressing
1 - first aid instruction manual (condensed)
1 - inventory of kit contents
1 - waterproof waste bag

Number 3 First Aid Kit

24 - antiseptic cleansing towelettes, individually packaged
100 - sterile adhesive dressings, individually packaged
50 - centimetres x 10 centimetres sterile gauze pads individually packaged
6 - 10 centimetres x 10 centimetres sterile compress dressings, with ties, individually packaged
6 - 15 centimetres x 15 centimetres sterile compress dressings, with ties, individually packaged
4 - 20 centimetres x 25 centimetres sterile abdominal dressings, individually packaged
6 - conform gauze bandages - 75 millimetres wide
12 - cotton triangular bandages
12 - safety pins - assorted sizes
1 - pair of scissors
1 - pair of tweezers
2 - 25 millimetres x 4.5 metres rolls of adhesive tape
4 - crepe tension bandages - 75 millimetres wide
1 - resuscitation barrier device with a one-way valve
12 - pairs of disposable surgical gloves
2 - sterile, dry eye dressings, individually packaged
1 - tubular finger bandage with applicator
1 - first aid instruction manual (condensed)
1 - inventory of kit contents
2 - waterproof waste bags

Type P First Aid Kit

10 - sterile adhesive dressings, assorted sizes, individually packaged
5 - 10 centimetres x 10 centimetres sterile gauze pads, individually packaged
1 - 10 centimetres x 10 centimetres sterile compress dressing, with ties
5 - antiseptic cleansing towelettes, individually packaged
1 - cotton triangular bandage
1 - waterproof waste bag
1 - pair disposable surgical gloves

Responsibilities

Faculties/departments/business units are responsible to provide and maintain first aid kits and supplies.

How to Order

MedWest has been selected as the vendor to supply products and service for first aid kits. Supplies can be purchased by creating a special request via the eProcurement module in PeopleSoft.

Restocking Part Numbers and Cost Information

MedWest First Aid Kits - Pictures and Contents

Departments have the option of submitting a requisition listing replacement supplies required or submitting a requisition requesting service and replenishment of their first aid kit. MedWest will replenish first aid kits only for the departments who have submitted a request.

MedWest Contact

Larry Mack 
Phone: 403.990.0711 
Fax: 403.720.7003 
Email: larry@medwest.ca

Responsibilities

The university is required to have an appropriate number of people trained in first aid, in accordance with the Alberta OHS Code and EHS First Aid Program.  

For all emergencies contact Campus Security at 403.220.5333 to assist with first aid.

Number of Workers* Required per Shift

2-9 Workers

1 standard first aider

10-49 Workers

2 standard first aiders

50-99 Workers

3 standard first aiders

100-199 Workers

4  standard first aiders

200+ Workers

4 standard first aiders plus 1 standard first aider for each additional increment of 1-100 workers.

*faculty support staff, and graduate students

EHS has an online system to report accidents and incidents. The web-based reporting system is called OARS Online Accident Reporting System. First aid incidents must be reported in OARS.

Management of first aid kits and supplies outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code are the responsibility of each faculty/unit/department.

Be advised the inclusion of medication(s) within first aid kits falls outside the scope of first aid. The inclusion of over-the-counter medications in first aid kits are not recommended by the Province.  

If medications at the worksite are determined necessary, a written policy and procedure by a physician is required, only then can medication(s) be administered by a designated health care professional(s).


First Aid Training

The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code requires employers to provide first aid and have designated first aiders at work sites. In order to meet this requirement, Environment, Health and Safety will provide first aid training at no cost (pending approval) to full-time permanent employees of the University of Calgary whom are Emergency Wardens/Senior Emergency Wardens. All other applications are required to be sent to Active Living.

Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C Certification and Recertification - Blended Delivery

Certification - 8 hours online + 7.5 hours in person

Recertification - 4 hours online + 4 hours in person

Upon successful registration, learners will receive an email from the Canadian Red Cross with directions on how to complete the online training component. This must be completed prior to the start of the in person session (in person sessions, are the dates listed below). Learners will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the online component. This certificate must be presented to the instructor at the start of the in person session. 

Upon completion of both components learners are required to submit a copy of their certificate to ucsafety@ucalgary.ca where learning portals will be updated to reflect completions. 

Registrations will remain open 1 week prior to the in person session to allow for the completion of the online component.

Next Available Course Dates

  • October 27 – Standard First Aid & CPR-C Recert – 9:00am-1:00pm - FULL
  • November 3 – Standard First Aid & CPR-C – 9:00am-5:00pm
  • November 24 – Standard First Aid & CPR-C Recert – 9:00am-1:00pm

Registration

Faculty and staff members whom meet the criteria indicated above may register for Standard First Aid Certification or Standard First Aid Recertification in Enterprise Learning. 

Cancellation Rules/Fees

Although first aid courses are offered at no charge to individuals whom meet the criteria indicated above, a Dept ID Budget Owner signature and valid account number are required for course registration.

Cancellation fees will be applied when EHS has not been notified of course cancellation at least seven business days before the start date of the course. This process has been implemented to ensure that there is sufficient time to find other individuals able to fill the spot.