OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 11 First Aid

Section 183 Record of injury or illness

Written record

The employer is required to create and maintain an accurate written record of all work-related injuries or sudden occurrences of illness that workers experience while at work. If the record is retained in a bound log book, then the entire book must be retained for a minimum of three years from the date of the final entry.

The cause of the illness or injury may be unknown at the time it is being treated. Every effort should be made to determine the cause within a reasonable period of time and add this information to the illness or injury record. Even if no first aid is administered, an illness or injury reported by a worker must be recorded.

Illness and injury records

Employers may implement their own system of keeping and tracking illness and injury records as long as the system complies with this Part. Alberta Human Services has published additional information about first aid records in the Safety Bulletin shown below.

First Aid Records
Bulletin FA009

The first aid record should contain the information required in this section and not personal health or medical information.

Blank first aid treatment forms are often kept in kits to which all persons at the work site have access. Completed forms should be sent to an individual designated by the employer as the keeper of all completed first aid records and retained for a minimum of three years from the date on which the injury or illness occurred. Completed records must not be kept in the first aid kit.