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How Mental Health First Aid Training Saves Employers Money

As a responsible employer, you provide a physically safe environment for your workers. But what about their psychological health and safety? Are you doing enough to help your staff be their best selves at work? Supporting your employees’ mental health with Mental Health First Aid training, can improve productivity, cut down on absences, and increase worker retention.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five (20%) of Canadians, will suffer from a significant mental health condition at least once in their lifetime. Many people feel uncomfortable talking about mental health issues, however, things are changing. Media campaigns and educational courses are bringing awareness to how many Canadians are affected by mental health conditions.  These initiatives are taking away the stigma that prevents those suffering from mental health issues from seeking help.

The cost of a disability leave for a mental illness is about double the cost of a leave due to a physical illness. A growing body of international evidence demonstrates that promotion, prevention, and early intervention initiatives show positive returns on investment. Smart employers provide Mental Health First Aid training in the workplace because they want to:

  • Reduce employee absenteeism
  • Reduce medical and disability costs
  • Improve employee retention
  • Improve employee morale
  • Reduce stigma around mental health issues

Safe + Sound offers public Mental Health First Aid training in Coquitlam and we also do onsite training in organizations all over Metro Vancouver. If you’d like more information about our public courses or private training for your team, please contact us.

Mental Health First Aid training in Coquitlam:

Register online for June 12&13 Mental Health First Aid in Coquitlam ($190.00+GST)



Nitroglycerin or Aspirin – which is best for a heart attack victim?

When a person is experiencing a heart attack, should you give them Aspirin or Nitroglycerin?

If you suspect that a person is having a heat attack, the most important thing to do is to call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t do anything before calling 9-1-1.

Heart attacks are usually caused by atherosclerosis (the build up of plaque on the artery walls), and complicated by thrombosis (blood clots) in the heart vessels. Anti thrombotic treatment should happen as soon as possible after a heart attack. Aspirin (ASA) helps slow down the formation of clots.

It is recommended that a person experiencing a heart attack chew 160 to 325 mg of ASA – either two low-dose (81mg) tablets or one regular strength (325 mg) tablet.

Taking ASA is not advised during a stroke, because not all strokes are caused by blood clots. Most strokes are caused by clots, but some are caused by ruptured blood vessels. Taking ASA could potentially make these bleeding strokes more severe.

Nitroglycerin “Nitro” is a symptom relief medication and does not target the underlying cause of the heart attack. First Aiders should focus on helping the person take ASA over nitroglycerin, as long as there is no contraindication. Remember to ask “Are you allergic to aspirin?”

For more information on giving aspirin during a heart attack or stroke please follow this link:


Who is the hero in your workplace?   

In every workplace there is a quiet hero.

The hero in your workplace is not the boss with the shiny new Mercedes or the sales rep with the highest number of sales. It is not the person who unjams the photocopier or brings the coffee and donuts. The hero could be the parking attendant, the janitor, the work experience student, the quiet accountant in the corner.

It could be you.

This person has a special set of skills. They never know when they are going to need to use them so they have to be prepared at all times. These people look at their surroundings in a different way from others; their awareness is heightened. These people have inner confidence because they are empowered with skills which enable them to handle emergency situations. Emergencies can take many forms and they never happen at convenient moments.

During an emergency situation, the quiet hero stays calm and takes charge. They are assertive and know how to direct the scene. They ensure that Emergency Medical Services are called and designate duties to their chosen helpers. They have the skills and knowledge to care for the injured and ill and provide comfort and reassurance to the casualty as well as concerned co-workers.

The hero is the one who has first aid training – the person who saves the life.

So who’s the hero in your workplace?

First aid skills are easy to learn.

Anyone can be a hero.

Register for a course today or talk to us about onsite training for your team.

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Why smart employers provide Mental Health First Aid Training in the workplace

The Cost of Mental Illness in Canada

According to the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) the economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year. This includes health care costs, lost productivity, and reductions in health-related quality of life.

  • Individuals with a mental illness are much less likely to be employed. Unemployment rates are as high as 70% to 90% for people with the most severe mental illnesses.
  • In any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems. This includes:
    • approximately 355,000 disability cases due to mental and/or behavioural disorders plus
    • approximately 175,000 full-time workers absent from work due to mental illness.
  • The cost of a disability leave for a mental illness is about double the cost of a leave due to a physical illness.
  • A small proportion of all health care patients account for a disproportionately large share of health care costs. Patients with high mental health costs incur over 30% more costs than other high-cost patients.
  • A growing body of international evidence demonstrates that promotion, prevention, and early intervention initiatives show positive returns on investment.

Why smart employers provide Mental Health First Aid Training in the workplace

Key findings from a Pan-Canadian Survey conducted by the Canadian Mental Health Association show that ‘Mental Health First Aid’ is by far the resource most known by respondents.

The most effective tools according to respondents are CMHA workplace mental health workshops, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (free online resources), and The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Respondents indicate that the best methods for learning about workplace mental health tools and resources are through in-person seminars, workshops and presentations.

Respondents indicate the need for more education about the tools and resources that exist to support workplace mental health. Also needed are organizational cultural shifts that exemplify acceptance of mental health concerns as a legitimate health issue.

Contact us today for information about onsite Mental Health First Aid training in your workplace.

Follow this link to read the full CMHA report:  Workplace Mental Health in Canada – Findings from a Pan-Canadian Study


What are the first aid requirements for my workplace?

First Aid Requirements in the Workplace

Employers are responsible for first aid in the workplace. To determine the first aid requirements of your workplace, first you’ll need to do an assessment. Then, you can review the findings and take necessary steps to put proper first aid procedures in place. If you’re an employer, you are responsible for first aid in the workplace.

First aid in the workplace is about providing workers with prompt, easily accessible, and appropriate first aid treatment. Depending on your workplace, you might need some or all of the following:

  • Occupational first aid attendants with the training appropriate for the type of workplace, number of workers, and time to a hospital.
  • Proper facilities, such as first aid rooms or dressing stations.
  • First aid kits with appropriate types and quantities of supplies.
  • A record-keeping system so incidents can be logged.
  • Appropriate means of transporting injured workers to medical aid.
  • Effective means of communication between first aid attendants and workers served, and for the first aid attendant to call for assistance.
  • Conduct a first aid assessment

To determine an adequate and appropriate level of first aid coverage, the first step is a first aid assessment. This doesn’t need to be complicated. But it does call for a full review of your workplace. The assessment will help you determine the minimum level of first aid needed in your workplace. First aid levels are outlined in the OHS Regulation Schedule 3-A: Minimum Levels of First Aid.

Steps to first aid assessment can be found on the WorkSafeBC website

I’m interested in Onsite Level 1 Training at my workplace

I’d like to register my workers on a Level 1 course in Coquitlam

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Onsite First Aid Training in Metro Vancouver

Do your staff need first aid training?

We do onsite first aid training in workplaces in Metro Vancouver.  We can teach a class in the convenience of your own venue, or you can book a private course at our Coquitlam location. Private group training is easy to very organize. Just book a date with us and provide a group of people and we’ll take care of everything else!

We will come out to your location in the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody) Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford or Langley.

The Venue

The training room should be clean and contain enough seating for the number of people attending as well as adequate clear floor space for the practical sessions. Please see guidelines below. There must be washrooms nearby.

Training room size

Red Cross minimum room size requirements: 1.4 m2 (15 sq. ft.) available for every 2 participants.

For Level 1 (Workplace Emergency First Aid) courses, WorkSafe BC requires a minimum of 500 sq ft of clear floor space in addition to the seating area.

First Aid Class Group Size

Red Cross First Aid/ CPR courses:

Maximum number of students per class = 18

Minimum number of students you will be invoiced for = 10


Mental Health First Aid courses:

Maximum number of students per class = 24

Minimum number of students you will be invoiced for = 10

Special arrangements can be made for smaller or larger groups.

Don’t have a suitable training room onsite?

No problem! We can teach your group at our Coquitlam location or you can register your staff members on one of our public courses. You can find our public course schedule at

First Aid in Farsi?

Our public courses are usually conducted in English, however we have an Iranian instructor who can teach first aid and CPR classes in Farsi. We’d be happy to arrange a private course for your group conducted in Farsi.

Ready to book your private group course?

For more information, or to make arrangements for your onsite first aid training, please contact us. To help us to serve you better, please give us the following information if you can:

  • Which course do your staff members need to take?
  • Would you like us to teach the class at your workplace or our classroom in Coquitlam?
  • Which day of the week is most convenient for you?
  • Do you have any dates in mind for your training? Please give a two or three alternate dates and indicate your preference.
  • Would you prefer to be contacted by phone or email?

Contact us today to book a private first aid class for your group!
Call 604-945-7277 and speak to Gill, or email

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October 21 2016, Babysitting course, Coquitlam

Are you worried when you leave your older child at home alone with their younger siblings? If you’d like your 11-15 year old to learn babysitting skills and how to be safer when home alone, you may like to sign them up for our Red Cross Babysitting course on October 21 2016 in Coquitlam. Register online or call 604-945-7277.

Red Cross Babysitting course topics:

Help your child build valuable skills for a lifetime. As a trained babysitter, your child will learn how to:

  • Look after babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.
  • Care for himself/herself and siblings when home alone.
  • Create a safe environment, and deal with phone calls and unexpected visitors.
  • React confidently in case of an emergency, such as choking, bleeding, poisoning or burns.
  • Cope with common problems, such as tantrums and crying.
  • Play games and organize activities to keep kids of all ages entertained.
  • Manage a babysitting business. This includes creating a resume and a business card and asking the right questions before accepting a babysitting job.

Register for October 21 Red Cross Babysitting course

Questions? Call 604-945-7277 or email


Having a stroke more than doubles your risk of developing dementia


A new report from the Heart & Stroke Foundation shows that having a stroke more than doubles your risk of developing dementia – all the more reason to adopt a healthy lifestyle now and get stroke victims to hospital as soon as possible.

If you suspect someone is having a stroke call EMS/911 immediately and request an ambulance. The person needs medical attention as fast as possible. Do not drive them to the hospital yourself.

If the person is having a stroke that’s caused by a blood clot they can be given clot busting medication that can stop the stroke by breaking up the blood clot. The medication must be given as soon as possible and within 4½ hours after stroke symptoms start. Receiving this medication in time can reduce the severity of a stroke and reverse some of the effects, helping the person recover more quickly.

Stroke and Dementia by the numbers:

  • 1.9 million brain cells die every minute after a stroke.
  • 405,000 Canadians are living with the effect of stroke.
  • 1 in 3 Canadians who will develop stroke, dementia, or both.
  • 1/3 of dementia risk can be attributed to stroke.
  • 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for stroke and heart disease.

Signs of stroke include F.A.S.T.

FACE – Is it drooping?
ARMS – Can you raise both?
SPEECH – Is it slurred or jumbled?
TIME – to call 9-1-1 right away

Take a Red Cross first aid & CPR course and learn how to care for a person suffering from a stroke or heart attack. Check out our course list here.


Safe + Sound is now a Red Cross Disaster Management- First Aid Training Provider!

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We are now providing first aid training free of charge to Red Cross Disaster Response Personnel, operators of Red Cross vehicles and other Red Cross volunteers and staff.

Safe + Sound has been a Red Cross Training Partner since 1999 providing first aid & CPR training in the Metro Vancouver Area. It is an honour to be associated with an organization that provides such valuable support and relief to the most vulnerable people around the world.

One of the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is Impartiality. Red Cross makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

To learn more about how the Red Cross responds to disasters around the world please visit


GHS WHMIS 2015 – Are your employees up to date?

GHS WHIMIS 2015 is the newly updated version of  WHMIS. The course now includes new international guidelines. Your employees can take GHS WHIMIS 2015 online in 1 hour and print their own certificate. Course fee: $29.95. Register now for GHS WHMIS 2015

What is WHMIS?

The workplace Hazardous Materials Information System commonly known as WHMIS, is Canada’s hazard communication standard. It is a comprehensive system for providing information on the safe use of hazardous materials in Canadian workplaces.

 The key elements of the system include:

  • Cautionary labelling of containers of WHMIS controlled products and hazardous products
  • Provision of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) or SDS (Safety Data Sheets)
  • Implementation of worker education programs.

What is GHS?

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals  is an international initiative to standardize chemical hazard classification and communication globally.

GHS has not replaced WHMIS. WHMIS has incorporated GHS elements, resulting in a new standardized:

  • Classification criteria
  • Label requirements
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS) requirements (formerly material safety data sheet)

Register now for GHS WHMIS 2015