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Health and Social Services

Workplace First Aider

Alberta workplace first aiders give immediate and temporary care to injured or ill persons at worksites to sustain life, prevent a condition from worsening, or promote recovery.

Contact

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Policy and Legislation Business Unit
Government of Alberta 
8th Floor, 10808 - 99 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5K 0G5
Call: 780-427-2687
Call toll-free (within Alberta): 1-866-415-8690 OHS Contact Centre
Website: work.alberta.ca/occupational-health-safety.html

Legislation

Under Part 11 of Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code, employers must provide first aid services, supplies and equipment at work sites. The number of first aiders and level of training required at worksites depend on the hazard level of the work, number of workers per shift and distance from the work site to the nearest health care facility.

What You Need

First aid certification requires successful completion of a course approved by the Director of Medical Services, Government of Alberta. Re-qualification is required every three years. For information about approved first aid training agencies and courses, see the Approved First Aid Training Courses listing on the Occupational Health and Safety website.

Working in Alberta

Workplace first aid agencies and courses approved by a government within Canada are recognized in Alberta. As well, first aiders with out-of-province first aid certification are required to be knowledgeable about the legal requirements for a first aider in an Alberta worksite. For information on legal requirements, see the OHS bulletin Workplace First Aiders and Legal Requirements.

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