What is Standard First Aid?
According to a course description from Canadian Red Cross:
“Comprehensive two-day course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. Course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines.”
How I describe the course to employers:
If you have more than 5 employees in your workplace at one time then your WSIB requirements are to have your staff trained in Standard First Aid. You need to have one employee present at all times who is trained in Standard First Aid & CPR Level C so you should have at least 2 or 3 people trained. If your workplace operates with multiple shifts then you would train a few people for each shift so if someone takes holidays or calls in sick you still have someone that can be the designated first aider at work.
How I describe it to individuals:
The Standard First Aid covers CPR, life threatening emergencies and all the first aid stuff. In this two day course we teach choking, CPR, cardiac and respiratory emergencies (heart attack, stroke, asthma, allergies), broken bones and splinting, head and spinal injuries, sudden medical emergencies (diabetes, fainting, seizures, sudden mental health crisis), environmental emergencies (hypothermia to heat stroke), and poisons (including ticks, wild parsnip and giant hogweed, snake and spider bites, opioid overdose and more).
This course has traditionally always been taught as a 2 day course, but we also offer a blended option. The course is mandated to be 14 hours long (7 hours of teaching each day), but with the beauty of technology you can do 7 of those hours at home on your own time, and then you only need to spend one day in class. I always say it’s like doing the boring stuff online and then we get to spend our class time on the practical hands on stuff. But to be completely honest Red Cross has designed an amazing online program and it’s not all that boring.
We have been running the blended program for more than 4 years now (first launched in 2015), but we still find ourselves telling people about this “new option”, because until the past year most other trainers were not yet offering the program. Even now some are still rolling out the “new blended program”.
Have you read this and you’re still wondering if you need this course or just Emergency First Aid? If you have a small workplace you can get away with Emergency First Aid, but if you are taking this course because you think it’s good to know the information then we always recommend the Standard First Aid course. There are so many topics that are very relevant today, even if you might know some of the information already it’s great to refresh and make sure that what you THINK you’re supposed to do is what you’re ACTUALLY supposed to do.Share