OFA Level 1 - WorkSafeBC

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This basic Occupational First Aid Level 1 course is designed for industry that is located in close proximity to hospitals (less than 20 min.) Skills include; Scene Assessment, Primary Survey, Wound Assessment and Treatment, Airway Obstructions, C.P.R., using and A.E.D., as well as medical conditions and regulatory requirements by WorkSafeBC. Upon successful completion of a written examination, candidates will be certified for 3 years.



Pre-requisite: None

Course Length: 8 hours

Certification: 3 years

Course Hours:
• 8:15 am start time (8:30 am after paperwork)
• 30 minutes for lunch
• 5 pm end time
There will also be a mid-morning and mid-afternoon break as well.

Course Requirements:

  • Candidates must be 16 years of age to be certified
  • In good health and physical condition
  • Provide valid photo ID to the Evaluator prior to examinations
  • Students must prepay to secure a seat
  • All class hours are mandatory

Refund & Cancellation:

  • All course fees must be paid in full upon registration.

  • Full refunds for cancellations 30+ days before the course start date.

  • Credits for future use for cancellations made within 30 days of the start date, valid for 12 months and transferable to another student.

Canadian Safety & Medic Training may reschedule or cancel courses due to low enrollment or logistical issues, making every effort to inform enrollees beforehand. If a course is canceled, students can choose an alternate date or a full refund.


Benefits of First Aid Certification

Getting your First Aid Certificate equips you with the emergency first aid skills needed to effectively respond to workplace emergencies. First aid certification also enhances your resume for future opportunities with employers who prioritize safety and preparedness. Certified individuals can quickly identify and address health emergencies, reducing the severity of injuries and potentially saving lives. Having a designated first aid attendant on site fosters a safer work environment, boosts team confidence, and demonstrates a proactive commitment to health and safety standards. Whether you're aiming to meet job requirements or simply seeking to be better prepared, an Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Aid certification is a valuable asset that underscores your dedication to workplace safety and professional growth.

This course meets the requirements for WorkSafeBC.  the Canada Labour Code (Standard First Aid) and Alberta Human Services OH&S Policy (Standard First Aid).

OFA Level 1 Course Outline

1. Introduction

  • Overview of the course

  • Responsibilities of an Occupational First Aid attendant

  • Understanding the regulations and requirements

2. Responding to Emergencies

  • Assessing the scene

  • Primary and secondary surveys

  • Calling for help (activating EMS system)

3. Priority Action Approach

  • Assessing airway, breathing, and circulation (ABC)

  • Conducting a head-to-toe examination

  • Identifying and prioritizing treatment for life-threatening conditions

4. Airway Management

  • Clearing the airway

  • Techniques for opening the airway (head-tilt, chin-lift)

  • Use of barrier devices for rescue breathing

5. Breathing and Circulation Emergencies

  • Recognizing and treating respiratory distress and arrest

  • Administering CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

  • Managing severe bleeding

  • Shock management

6. First Aid for Specific Injuries and Conditions

  • Wound care and bandaging

  • Burns

  • Fractures and dislocations

  • Sprains and strains

  • Eye injuries

7. Medical Emergencies

  • Recognizing and managing heart attacks

  • Stroke

  • Diabetic emergencies

  • Seizures

  • Poisoning

8. Minor Wound Care

  • Cleaning and dressing minor wounds

  • Infection prevention

9. WorkSafe BC Forms and Procedures

  • Documentation and reporting requirements

  • Completing WorkSafe BC forms for workplace incidents

  • Understanding employer and employee responsibilities

10. Practical Skills

  • Hands-on practice of CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use

  • Simulated scenarios for practice and assessment

  • Demonstrating proficiency in first aid techniques

11. Review and Examination

  • Review of key concepts

  • Written and practical examination to assess understanding and skills

After you successfully complete the examinations, you can work as a designated workplace first aider for job sites within 20 minutes of a hospital.