First Aid

The priorities of first aid are to; save life, prevent casualty’s condition from getting worse and to seek medical help as soon as possible.  If you know basic first aid, you could save a life. As an employee, you are not required to provide first aid if you are not comfortable.

Before First Aid is Required

  • Each employer must have available at all worksites, where a crew is present, a person or persons holding a valid first-aid certificate
  • All crew leaders, supervisors or persons in direct charge of one or more employees must have a valid first-aid certificate
  • Ensure that the first aid kit is stocked and suitable for the types of injuries that occur in construction
  • Know where the first aid kit is kept
  • Know who the first aid responder and appointed persons are at the job
  • In the event of an injury due a hazardous chemical, know what the SDS indicates for treatment measures
  • Know and understand the procedure for calling the emergency services
  • Know the address of where you are working

When First Aid is Required

  • Remove the worker from the hazard, if safe to do so
  • Call for help 911. Don’t assume someone else already called
  • If necessary, send someone to phone for an ambulance
  • Do not move the worker unless they are in immediate danger
  • Remain with the worker and give reassurance
  • Make the worker as comfortable as possible
  • Do not allow worker to smoke

Other Considerations

If you take something out of the First Aid Kit, let someone know or replace it


Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • What should you do until emergency responders arrive?
  • What should you know before an emergency arises?