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WorkSafeBC Accepts Red Cross Blended Standard First Aid as OFA Level 1 Equivalent

By Safe + Sound | March 16, 2021

Did you know WorkSafeBC accepts Canadian Red Cross Blended Standard First Aid as OFA Level 1 equivalent? How does Blended Standard First Aid benefit employers? Instead of employees taking two full days off work to attend a classroom-based course, they are now out of the workplace for a single day. This reduces the need for…

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Online Babysitting Training – Frequently Asked Questions

By Safe + Sound | January 27, 2021

Virtual Babysitting Training, also referred to as Online Babysitting Training has become very popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Red Cross developed the Virtual Babysitting course as a response to concerns from parents about children attending in-person group classes. Red Cross Babysitting Training includes basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth aged 11–15…

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A Shocking Experience Taught Me a Valuable Safety Lesson

By Safe + Sound | September 17, 2020

When I got up that morning, I wasn’t expecting to wind up electrocuted and left for dead. The consequences of a careless mistake taught me a valuable safety lesson, and by sharing it with others, I hope to save some lives.   Everything seemed to be going smoothly that fateful day until I heard, Zzzt…

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WorkSafeBC Accepts Red Cross Blended Emergency First Aid as OFA 1 Equivalent

By Safe + Sound | July 7, 2020

BC employers will be happy with a recent announcement from the Canadian Red Cross. Effective June 15, 2020, WorkSafeBC accepts Canadian Red Cross Blended Emergency First Aid as OFA Level 1 equivalent. What is Emergency First Aid? Emergency First Aid is a Canadian Red Cross training course that includes essential lifesaving first aid and CPR…

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Psychological First Aid Can Save Lives

By Safe + Sound | June 29, 2020

Who can benefit from Psychological First Aid training? First aid for the mind is just as important as first aid for the body. Like physical first aid, psychological first aid training can save lives. Individuals suffering from high-stress levels, burnout and suicidal thoughts are at an all-time high in areas such as workplaces, schools, indigenous…

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First Aid Training During COVID-19 – What We’re Doing to Keep You Safe

By Safe + Sound | June 22, 2020

If you need to update your first aid certification, you may be concerned about whether it’s safe to take an in-person class during COVID-19 restrictions. This article explains what you can expect in a first aid class and what we’re doing to ensure your health and safety. We hope the information below will reassure you…

Ignoring Small Injuries Can Have Serious Consequences

By Safe + Sound | April 29, 2020

Take care of cuts and scrapes — don’t end up like Bill None of us want to go to the doctor or hospital unless we have to, so we need to take good care of ourselves. A small injury that becomes infected can lead to a life or limb-threatening condition.  A friend nearly lost his…

April 28 National Day of Mourning – Don’t be the Reason Someone Lights a Candle

By Safe + Sound | April 28, 2020

The National Day of Mourning, held annually in Canada on April 28, is dedicated to remembering workers who have lost their lives or suffered a work-related injury or illness. Latest Statistics for British Columbia WorkSafeBC report for 2018 shows: 155,753 injuries 190 work-related deaths 50,000 short term disability claims 2.9 million days lost from work…

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Need to Renew Your First Aid or CPR Certificate But Can’t Find a Course?

By Safe + Sound | March 24, 2020

You need to renew your first aid or CPR certificate, but there are no courses available due to COVID-19. Now what? We understand that you may need a first aid/CPR certification to apply for a job or course or to continue to work in your current place of employment. COVID-19 has put a stop to…

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Why Register Your Child on a Babysitting Course?

By Safe + Sound | January 16, 2020

Do you have a child aged 11-15 years? If so, you may be thinking about registering them on a Red Cross Babysitting course. To find out what your child will learn and the benefits of babysitting training, please read on. A personal story As a young teen, I remember being excited about finally being old…