New first aid training requirements effective July 1, 2018

Occupational first aid (OFA) training requirements are changing on July 1, 2018. Here’s what you need to know.

 

Why are the requirements changing?

WorkSafeBC regularly reviews the OFA training program to ensure that it is keeping up with best practices.

 

What’s different?

The new training covers a broader spectrum of medical issues, and aligns treatment protocols with Canadian and international best practices. The new certificates will have a different look to indicate that the holder has received the new training.

 

Do all occupational first aid attendants need to re-certify before July 1?

No. Current certification remains valid until the expiry date on the certificate.

 

What happens on July 1?

Anyone who renews or takes OFA training for the first time after July 1, will receive the new training and the new certificate.

 

Course Specific Changes (click to expand)


What courses are equivalent to OFA Level One?

WorkSafe BC now recognizes both Red Cross Emergency First Aid (EFA) and Standard First Aid (SFA) as equivalent to the OFA Level 1 course.


What’s new in the OFA Level 2?

The new OFA Level 2 program is simplified: removing several advanced firat aid practices such as the Bag Valve Mask.

How long is the new program?

While the new program is still 35 hours this now includes the examination, which is conducted partly as an on-going assessment and partly as a final examination (written and practical) on the last 2 days of the program. Students are no longer required to return for an extra day of examination after the course ends.


What’s new in the OFA Level 3?

The new OFA Level 3 program is has an expanded scope of practice including: pulse oximetry, scoop (clamshell) stretchers, commercial splints, pelvic slings and more!

How long is the new program?

While the new program is still 70 hours this now includes the examination, which is conducted partly as an on-going assessment and partly as a final examination (written and practical) on the last 2 days of the program. Students are no longer required to return for an extra day of examination after the course ends.


What’s new in the Transportation Endorsement program?

The new Transportation Endorsement program is both simplified and expanded: the removal of advanced airway techniques (OPA etc) and the addition of new transport equipment (scoop/clamshell stretcher) makes this a more focused program for those required to transport ill or injured workers.


Is the Paramedic In Industry course still available?

As of July 1st the Paramedic In Industry program has been discontinued. Those holding an EMR/PCP/ACP license wishing to obtain an OFA 3 ticket can apply for an Out Of Jurisdiction certificate. Please contact us at 250-385-3223 or info@heartsafeems.com for more details.

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