The CSA Group first responder portfolio includes a range of tools and resources to help improve safety and address the modern challenges this important industry faces. This portfolio includes standards, training, research, and additional support materials that focus on paramedic services, equipment, and facilities, psychological health and well-being of paramedics, emerging technologies in paramedicine, and more. Click the links below to learn more:

Standards & Trainings


Other Supporting Documents

Standards & Trainings


CAN/CSA-Z94.4-18 Selection, use, and care of respirators

This Standard sets out requirements for the selection, use, and care of respirators and for the administration of an effective respiratory protection program in the workplace.

CSA-Z94.3:20 Eye and face protectors

This Standard applies to eye and face protectors used in all occupational and educational operations or processes involving hazards to the eyes or face.

CSA-Z96:22 High visibility safety apparel

This Standard specifies minimum amounts of retroreflective materials, together with colour and requirements for placement of materials, for high-visibility safety apparel used to enhance the visibility and safety of workers.

CSA-Z180.1:19 Compressed breathing air and systems

This Standard provides the minimum requirements, unless otherwise specified by the authority having jurisdiction, for the purity of compressed breathing air supplied to the service outlet and for breathing air systems required to produce, store, and distribute such air.

CSA D500:20: Ergonomic design for ambulances and related equipment

This Standard sets out requirements and provides guidance for the design, layout, and procurement of ambulances and related equipment with a focus on the application of ergonomics. In addition, this Standard provides infection prevention and control guidelines for consideration in the design of ambulances and equipment.

Z1003.1-18: Psychological health and safety in the paramedic service organization

This Standard provides paramedic service organizations and other key stakeholders with guidance on good practice for the identification and assessment of hazards and management of psychological health and safety (PHS) risks for paramedic service organizations and the promotion of improved psychological health and safety.

CSA Z1008:21 Management of impairment in the workplace

This Standard is a companion document that provides small, medium, and large Canadian organizations with advice on how to best apply this Standard, with a focus on impairment due to substance use.

CSA Z1008:21 Management of impairment in the workplace - Online Training

This course provides an overview of requirements highlighted in CSA Z1008:21, Management of impairment in the workplace. Following occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) principles, CSA Z1008:21 provides a framework for the management of impairment in the workplace and specific guidance for impairment due to substance use.

CSA Z1011.1:22: Work disability management in the paramedic service organization

This Standard applies to the requirements for a WDM system which can be used in the PSO to address the health needs of workers in order to prevent and/or manage work disability.

CAN/CGSB/CSA-Z1610-11 (R2021) Protection of first responders from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) events

This Standard provides risk-based guidance to first responders on how to operate in a CBRN event. It is intended to ensure that all responders are provided with a consistent level of protection, regardless of responder service or jurisdiction.

CAN/CGSB/CSA-Z1640-18 Personal protective equipment (PPE) for investigating and dismantling clandestine drug laboratories

This Standard assists first responders and other agencies in selecting the appropriate level and type of personal protective equipment when investigating and dismantling clandestine synthetic drug laboratories and marijuana grow operations.

CAN/CSA-Z1630-17: Community paramedicine: Framework for program development

This Standard provides a framework for the planning, implementation and evaluation of a community paramedicine program.

CSA Z1635:22: Functional requirements and core data set for a Canadian paramedic information system (CPIS)

This Standard provides the foundation and data framework for the development of a comprehensive Canadian paramedic information system (CPIS).

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

This Standard provides a framework for the paramedic service organization’s (PSO) response to the opioid crisis. The framework provides practical guidance on how to address opioid use in the out-of-hospital setting, including caring for patients during a poisoning or overdose, as well as tracking the crisis across paramedic service organizations. 

Opiod Response & Management Training

The CSA Group collaborated with the Paramedic Association of Canada and Premergency Inc. to create the Opioid Response & Managament (ORM) training program. The training is designed to empower and support Paramedic Service Organizations and Community First Responders to build an efficient Model of Care to identify and respond to opioid-related emergencies.



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

This report presents the results of an exploratory study following CSA Group’s earlier research report (“Canada’s North” published in 2017), outlines the numerous health and healthcare issues in Northern communities, and provides recommendations for the potential role of community paramedicine in addressing these issues.

Advances in Community Paramedicine in Response to COVID-19:

This report is the results of a comprehensive literature review and a stakeholder engagement exercise across Canada were combined to provide insight into the innovations in service delivery, program focus, and the collaborative efforts of community paramedicine programs in response to COVID-19.

Health Service Needs in the North

This report summarizes the results of a case study to investigate the specific health service needs of a remote northern community.

Workplace Fatigue: Current Landscape and Future Considerations

This report examines the current landscape and establish considerations that can guide fatigue risk management going forward.

Preventing Violence and Harassment in Canadian Workplaces

This report identifies the extent of workplace violence and harassment across Canada, the availability of guidance resources, gaps in effective prevention and mitigation strategies, and the need for national standards or additional guidance.

Workplace Policies on Substance Use: Implications for Canada

This report aims to provide a summary of the research and practice-based evidence on workplace-related substance use, to identify best and emerging practices where available, and explores the role of a national standard solution on workplace substance use policies.

Other Supporting Documents


PLUS 2003.7 Crisis management - Special focus on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention

This document examines processes and approaches that enable an institutions and the community to respond effectively to crisis situations that require an elevated level of response to ensure the safety of all involved, as well as postvention to provide support following a crisis.

CSA EXP15:21 Remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) operator competency requirements for emergency services

This Express Document provides requirements and guidance relating to the safe operation of RPAS for the emergency services sector in Canada.

CSA-Z195.1-16 Guideline on selection, care, and use of protective footwear

This Guideline covers the selection, use, and care of protective footwear and outlines the components necessary to implement an effective use of protective footwear in the workplace.