Should Restaurants be required to both carry and administer Epi-Pens?
That’s what Toronto City Council is exploring.
Here in Vancouver, Councillor Andrea Reimer says it’s up to the province.
And a spokesperson for the province says the idea hasn’t been considered.
But BC Restaurant Association President Ian Tostenson says he has some reservations about the idea.
“I see some real problems if we start to rely on restaurants to have the consistency in terms of training and awareness to administer an Epi-Pen because we have a lot of turnover in restaurants. We’re got a continuous cycle of training and you’re dealing with something serious, it’s not a good idea to ask us to administer that.”
He says it also opens a slippery slope of responsibility for business owners.
“The question is how far you go with that. If you’re going to administer Epi-Pens and what else would we be responsible to do? It requires a certain amount of education. We’re setting ourselves up for failure if we do that.”
Tostenson says he’s also got concerns about the liability that restaurants could be forced to shoulder in the case something goes wrong.