Effective July 1 2018, all Canadian Red Cross Emergency and Standard First Aid courses are acceptable training for BC workplaces! For decades the only courses recognized by Worksafs BC were their own Occupational First Aid programs. That era has now officially come to an end with Worksafe BC now accepting Red Cross programs as well. Very exciting news.

We do a lot of training in the aviation industry where pilots need to have Red Cross certification to satisfy Transport Canada and Worksafe BC certification specifically for ground or water loading operations at off airport sites. Now they only need one certification for both.

Another area affected is schools. Worksafe BC requires schools to have staff certified in Occupational First Aid, yet that training does not include any form of first aid or CPR for children. Now they can take Emergency or Standard which covers all age groups.