OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 11 First Aid

Section 180 Emergency transportation

(1) Before workers are sent to a work site, the employer must ensure that arrangements are in place to transport injured or ill workers from the work site to the nearest health care facility.

(2) An employer must ensure that an ambulance service licensed in accordance with the Ambulance Services Act is readily available to the work site when travel conditions are normal.

(3) If an ambulance service licensed in accordance with the Ambulance Services Act is not readily available to the work site, or if travel conditions are not normal, an employer must ensure that other transportation is available that

(a) is suitable, considering the distance to be travelled and the types of acute illnesses or injuries that may occur at the work site,

(b) protects occupants from the weather,

(c) has systems that allow the occupants to communicate with the health care facility to which the injured or ill worker is being taken, and

(d) can accommodate a stretcher and an accompanying person if required to.

(4) An employer must provide a means of communication at the work site to summon an ambulance service licensed in accordance with the Ambulance Services Act or transportation described in subsection (3).

(5) If a worker is acutely ill or injured or needs to be accompanied during transport to a health care facility, an employer must ensure that the worker is accompanied by at least one first aider, in addition to the operator of the transportation.

(6) Subsection (5) does not apply if there are 3 or fewer workers at the work site at the time.