Which First Aid Kit Is Right For Your Company?


The Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of the Department of Health of the Government of Canada (HECS) suggests what products your company should purchase to be compliant with Canadian law. There are federal guidelines for first aid kits as well as guidelines set for each individual province. The federal guidelines are set forth by HECS about the kind of first aid kit that your company needs to have on hand. There are also onsite emergency services that can provide the right first aid kit if summoned to a work site. The following is a guide to help you decide what kind of federally required first aid kit should be at your place of business.

Type A First Aid Kit

This is for businesses with 2-5 employees. Type A first aid kits are designed for low-risk work places that are most likely to deal with minor scrapes, cuts, burns, and bruises. Level 1 and Level 2 of these kinds of kits are for indoor work environments. Level 1 is for a stationary kit and Level 2 is for a portable kit. A small business that is run out of an office should use this type of kit.

Type B First Aid Kit

This type of kit is for work places that carry a higher risk of injury. These kits are designed for businesses with more than six employees. These kits are also available in Level 3 and Level 4. A Level 3 kit is designed for indoor and outdoor use. Level 4 is designed to withstand exposure to harsh elements. Construction sites should carry a Level 3 kit.

Type C First Aid Kit

This type of kit is for companies that employee 20-199 workers. The kit contains a large quantity of basic medical supplies.Type C kits come in Levels 1-4.

Type D First Aid Kit

This is a mobile kit for 1-3 employees that will be working in remote locations or performing work tasks by snowmobile. Type D kits are Level 4 which means that they have a waterproof seal and resist corrosion due to extreme environmental exposure.

Type P First Aid Kit

This is a basic personal first aid kit required for individual workers who work separately and are not in close proximity to the main first aid kit provided by their employer.

In addition to the above federal guidelines, each province has their own set of regulations. There are first aid kits 1-4 that are designed to reflect if the business is low, medium, or high hazard, how far it is from a hospital, and how many people work there. The recommended kits vary by region.

For more information, contact Priority Safety Services & Rentals Ltd. or a similar company.


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