Health and Safety Committee

First Aid Attendants

October 21, 2005

To: Locals

Re: First Aid Attendants

Recently a concern has been raised as to the liability of first aid attendants while providing aid and assistance.

Part II of the Canada Labour Code provides for release of any liability while the attendant is performing their functions.  Specifically the code states:

“Duties of Employees

126(3)  No employee is personally liable for anything done or omitted to be done in good faith by the employee when the employee is assisting the employer, as requested by the employer, in providing first-aid or in carrying out any other emergency measures.”

Any concerns with the application of this section of the code should be forwarded to the National Health and Safety committee immediately.

In Solidarity,

Chris Aylward
National Health and Safety Committee

c.c:   Executive Council