First Aid

The streets will be a little bit safer from now on. Some colleagues of mine and myself have just completed a 2 day first aid course with success.

Approximately once a year, Dawson College employs the training expertise of Santinel, a CSST certified provider of industrial first aid training since 1984. The course is free for staff and faculty and quite informative and thorough. It made me realize that the first aid kit in the print shop is in great need of some replenishment since the shooting back on September 13, 06.

Anyway, this got me thinking and wondering if other businesses and companies offer any such courses for their employees? Apparently, by law, for every 50 people/employees, there should be a minimum of one person who is first aid certified. Also, are first aid kits readily available (accessible, as in, not locked away) and current (notice the expiry date on the antiseptic pads)? I heard that there’s a certain office building downtown that has 5 floors, has 2 first aid kits… both on the second floor. But according to laws, they’re “OK” because they meet the minimum requirements for the employee/first aid kit ratio. Doesn’t make much sense to me as to why they’re both on the second floor, though.

Do you know where the first aid kit is? Do you know who knows how to use it? How does your workplace or school stack up?

2 Comments so far

  1. Laiya (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    I’m a designated first response person for our office. I took the same CSST course that you did and I immediately replenished our first aid kit the minute I got back. What would be great was if all buildings had portable defibrillators. Although I’m trained in CPR, I dread having to use it. The worst thing that’s happened so far was a broken wrist. The bandaging came in handy for that…


  2. matthew (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    I’m one of emergency responders for my office at Concordia. Concordia provided free CSST training as well as fire extinguisher training for those who volunteered to be emergency responders.



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