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Z1210-17 - First aid training for the workplace - Curriculum and quality management for training agencies

Publication Year:

  • 2017

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  • CSA


This is the first edition of CSA Z1210, First aid training for the workplace - Curriculum and quality management for training agencies.

This Standard includes the following:

a) Clause 4 provides the minimum requirements for design considerations for a workplace first aid training program.

b) Clause 5 indicates the learner training levels.

c) Clause 6 contains a matrix of the competency level required for each of the associated learner training levels.

d) Clause 7 details the quality assurance requirements for training agencies.

e) Two annexes are included to provide additional guidance and assistance to users of this Standard.

CSA Group gratefully acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, by the financial and in-kind support from the Canadian government departments responsible for occupational health and safety, Ontario WSIB, Saskatchewan WCB, and EMP Canada.


1.1 General

This Standard establishes minimum requirements for a workplace first aid training program. It is intended to be used by occupational health and safety (OHS) regulators, organizations, training agencies, or other interested workplace parties. This Standard specifies requirements for, and provides guidance on the design, development, and competencies of a workplace first aid training program.

1.2 Purpose

This Standard is intended for those who design, develop, deliver, maintain, and review workplace first aid training courses.

1.3 Inclusions

This Standard specifies requirements for workplace first aid training

a) program design;

b) competency levels (by topic and for each training level); and

c) quality management requirements.

Note: Workplace first aid training is part of a greater health and safety management system (e.g., there are obligations to also report work-related illnesses/injuries and to follow up with appropriate incident investigation). Workplace first aiders should therefore be given additional guidance by their organization related to being a first aider in a workplace setting as it relates to their workplace's health and safety policy/programs and applicable legislation.

1.4 Exclusions

This Standard does not include

a) workplace first aid training for members of the public;

b) workplace first aid instructor training; and

c) specific requirements for specialty first aid training courses and programs such as marine, mining, transportation, pools, school buses, etc., where specific legislation could apply.

Note: Additional industry-specific regulatory requirements might apply.

1.5 Terminology

In this Standard, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard.

Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.

Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.

Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (nonmandatory) to define their application.

1.6 Units of measure

The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.

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