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 www.redcross.ca

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April 28 National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning, held annually in Canada on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.

Statistics and beyond

The most recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) tell us that in 2014, 919 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada – more than 2.5 deaths every single day. Among the 919 dead were thirteen young workers aged fifteen to nineteen years; and another twenty-five workers aged twenty to twenty-four years.

Add to these fatalities the 239,643 claims accepted for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease. Including 7,998 from young workers aged fifteen to nineteen, and the fact that these statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards, and the situation is even direr.

What these numbers don’t show is just how many people are directly affected by these workplace tragedies. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and coworkers they leave behind, changing all of their lives forever.


The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

On April 28th the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. Employers and workers will observe Day of Mourning in a variety of ways. Some light candles, lay wreaths, wear commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, and pause for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.


In 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act making April 28 an official Day of Mourning. Today the Day of Mourning has since spread to about 100 countries around the world and is recognized as Workers’ Memorial Day, and as International Workers’ Memorial Day by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

It is the hope of CCOHS that the annual observance of this day will help strengthen the resolve to establish safe and healthy conditions in the workplace, and prevent further injuries and deaths. As much as this is a day to remember the dead, it is also a call to protect the living and make work a place to thrive.

From CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

What one thing could you do to make your workplace safer today?



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


Online Safety Training saves time and money

Access hundreds of online safety courses via our website or through your own custom-branded learning portal. Connect to a world of safety.

Many organizations struggle to manage employee training, track certifications and ensure compliance with safety standards.

The solution?

An industry-leading Learner Management System that meets these challenges and more by offering a comprehensive suite of training management features.

  • Online training booking calendar
  • Integrated performance management application
  • Driver information management tool
  • Reward tracking feature
  • Comprehensive training record management system
  • Built-in safety course library with hundreds of titles available on demand

Benefits of online training include:

  • Cost effective: no hotels, travel, meals and less time away from the workplace.
  • Convenient: courses can be completed wherever students have access to a computer and internet access.
  • Self paced: students can pause at any time and continue where they left off.
  • Consistent: video /slide format ensures the course is the same every time.
  • Easy verification: online access to training and certification records for students and managers.


Take courses in your own time in the office or at home. On successful completion you can print you own certificates.


  • Upload your own courses
  • Store training records
  • Access all certificates online
  • Schedule classroom training
  • Compile driver histories
  • Track employee rewards

Review our full course list

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The man with the blanket

In this last month I’ve given first aid three times – to a friend with a head injury that required seven stitches, to a woman who fell off the treadmill and hit her head at my gym and a dog who was hit by a car near Coquitlam Town Centre park. In all three situations other people rushed in to help and it was a good reminder about how important teamwork is in an emergency situation. If you’re involved in an emergency situation, look around you. Is there anyone that can help? Don’t be shy about asking. Most people want to help but often they’re not sure what to do.It’s great if you have first aid training but even if you don’t, here are some things you can do:

  • Call 911 and ask for an ambulance. Don’t hang up until they tell you to.
  • Get someone to meet the first responders and guide them to the injured person.
  • Comfort and reassure the injured person – treat them as you’d like someone to treat you.
  • Find a first aid kit and bring it to the scene.
  • If the person is cold and shivery, cover them with a blanket or jacket.
  • Make them as comfortable as you can – preferably without moving them.

Of the three situations I was involved in the injured dog was the most traumatic. The dog, a beautiful husky had run onto the road and was hit by a car and rolled underneath it. It was in terrible pain and we did what we could to comfort it while calling for help. The local animal shelters were unable to pick up the dog so eventually the owner had to transport it in his car. While we were struggling to slide the thrashing, squealing dog onto a mat in order to lift it into the car, a man who had witnessed the accident came over and gave the dog’s owner a beautiful soft blanket to cover the dog, wished him well and walked away.

It is very touching to witness the kindness of strangers. This man didn’t want or expect any thanks he just saw a need and did something to help. Even though it’s highly unlikely he will see my post, I just wanted to say “Thank you” to him.

Gill McCulloch


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Babysitting Course April 17 SD43 Pro-D

Register for April 17 2015 Red Cross Babysitting course, Coquitlam

Are you looking for a fun and educational activity for your 11-15 year old child on the April 17 2015 SD43 Pro-D Day? On our Red Cross Babysitting course, your child will learn how to be a great babysitter and how to be safer when home alone. Our Pro-D day courses fill up very fast. Please register early to make sure your child gets a spot. They may like to invite their friends to join them!

Why register your child for a Babysitting course?

For many young adolescents, babysitting is their first job, and we can help them become professional and confident. They learn valuable tips for managing their business, as well as:

  • Important child care skills
  • Safety tips for children of all ages
  • How to cope with common problems, like tantrums and crying
  • What to do if anything makes the babysitter uncomfortable
  • Some great games and other ideas for having fun with the kids while babysitting
  • How to make the children’s environment safe and enjoyable
  • The rights and responsibilities of the babysitter and the family hiring them.

The Babysitting first aid course teaches youth how to handle emergencies with confidence by providing the basic first aid skills for such common problems as:

  • Choking
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Burns
  • Fire emergency

We run Babysitting courses at our Coquitlam venue, near Coquitlam Centre Mall and we schedule classes to coincide with the Coquitlam school district (SD43) Pro-D days. This provides a fun, educational opportunity for children in the Tri-Cities area while parents are at work. For adult babysitters we recommend taking the Red Cross Emergency Child Care First Aid & CPR program or our Baby and Child CPR/Safety workshop.

Can I book a private Babysitting class for a group of children?

You can host a Red Cross Babysitting course in the convenience of your own venue. This option is very popular with Girl Guides, church and home school groups and families.

Register for a course online or contact us to schedule your private course.


First aid training

Will I get sued if I give first aid to an injured person?

Many people fear being sued for coming to the aid of someone with an injury. This same fear often prevents people from getting trained in first aid. The clear message in the parable of the Good Samaritan is that assisting those in trouble is the right thing to do.

There is no general legal duty to help someone in an emergency except for a person who is involved in a motor vehicle accident. That person must stop and give all possible assistance to the persons involved. A failure to do so could mean being charged under the criminal code.

The law in every province in Canada encourages bystanders to give first aid. In BC, we have the Good Samaritan act. It specifically protects, against liability, citizens and medical professionals who act in good faith to give emergency assistance to ill or injured persons at the scene of an emergency. Under these laws, a person providing first aid who acts reasonably and prudently under the conditions of an emergency cannot be held responsible for the injuries suffered by the victim.

You never know when you are going to be called upon to assist in an emergency situation. It could be today. Register for a course and learn how to save a life. If you’re not sure which first aid/CPR course to take, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. Tel: 604-945-7277.