full-time and volunteer first responders

in Canada[1]


Canadian first responders

may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime[2]

45% of paramedics

worked overtime in 2021,

the highest rate among health occupations[3]


CSA Group standards, research, policy briefs, and other resources

Leverage the resources CSA Group and its technical committees developed to provide information, guidance, best practices, and requirements to help create safe and healthy workplaces for first responders and provide effective service to Canadians.

Research Report

Canadian Paramedic Landscape Review and Standards Roadmap

Research Report

Advances in Community Paramedicine in Response to COVID-19

Case study

Standards help create common ground for volunteer search and rescue community in Canada

Standards Support Tools

Occupational Health and Safety Standards

Research report

Workplace Fatigue - Current Landscape and Future Considerations

Research report

Exploring Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control to Advance Ambulance Design

Research report

Health in the North – The Potential for Community Paramedicine in Remote and/or Isolated Indigenous Communities

Research report

Workplace Policies on Substance Use: Implications for Canada


CSA Z1008:21 Management of impairment in the workplace


Navigating Substance Use Disorder and Workplace Impairment


Selection, use, and care of respirators

CSA Z94.4.1:21

Performance of filtering respirators

CSA Z94.3:20

Eye and face protectors

CSA Z96:22

High visibility safety apparel

CSA Z180.1:19

Compressed breathing air and systems


Guideline on selection, care, and use of protective footwear

CSA-Z275.6:16 (R2021)

Unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO), munitions, and police explosive diving

CSA D500:20

Ergonomic design for ambulances and related equipment

CSA Z1003.1:18 (R2022)

Psychological health and safety in the paramedic service organization

CSA Z1008:21

Management of impairment in the workplace

CSA Z1008.1:21

Implementation Guideline for CSA Z1008, Management of impairment in the workplace with a focus on impairment due to substance use

CSA Z1011.1:22

Work disability management in the paramedic service organization

CAN/CGSB/CSA-Z1610-11 (R2021)

Protection of first responders from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) events

CSA Z1620:15 (R2020)

Core competency standards for ground search and rescue operations: Searcher, team leader, and SAR manager

CSA Z1625:16 (R2021)

Training curriculum standards for ground search and rescue operations: Searcher, team leader, and SAR manager

CAN/CSA-Z1630-17 (R2022)

Community paramedicine: Framework for program development

CSA Z1635:22

Functional requirements and core data set for a Canadian paramedic information system (CPIS)


Personal protective equipment (PPE) for investigating and dismantling clandestine drug laboratories

CSA Z1650:21

Paramedic response to the opioid crisis: Education and training across the treatment and care continuum in out-of-hospital and community settings

CSA EXP15:21

Remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) operator competency requirements for emergency services

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