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Occupational First Aid Training

Occupational First Aid Level 1

OFA-1 covers the basics of keeping a patient alive until more qualified help can arrive and is intended for small workplaces that are 20 minutes or less from medical aid.

Occupational First Aid Level 2

OFA-2 covers basic wound care and life support in more depth than OFA-1. This training is intended for larger workplaces that are 20 minutes or less from medical aid.

Occupational First Aid Level 3

OFA-3 covers basic wound care and life support in greater depth than OFA-2. This training is intended for large workplaces that are more than 20 minutes from medical aid.

Transportation Endorsement

The OFA Transportation Endorsement is an add-on, intended for small workplaces more than 20 minutes from medical aid. It includes patient packaging, airways, and oxygen therapy.

OFA-1

The WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 1 course is an 8-hour program, including coffee and lunch breaks. To be successful, students must demonstrate practical skill competency, achieve a minimum of 70% on a multiple choice exam and attend the full course. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a 3-year certification.

You Will Learn: 

  • Priority Action Approach
  • Primary Survey-Conscious patient/Unconscious patient
  • Cervical spine control
  • Airway and Breathing intervention
  • Hemorrhage control
  • One person CPR
  • Minor injuries which require medical aid
  • Management of soft tissue injuries
  • Records and reports

Course Fee: $95

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OFA-2

Occupational First Aid Level 2 (OFA 2) is a 35-hour program (excluding breaks) designed to provide the first aid attendant with the necessary skills to function as part of an effective first aid program in the workplace. Successful participants will be qualified to work as WorkSafeBC OFA Level 2 first aid attendants. OFA Level 2 also meets the requirements for the Canada Labour Code (Standard First Aid)

Topics covered include:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • priority action approach and secondary survey for the conscious patient, patients requiring urgent medical attention, patients in the first aid room, and patients with a decreased level of consciousness
  • soft tissue injuries, eye injuries, burns, and ligament & tendon injuries
  • critical interventions of the airway for conscious patients and patients with a decreased level of consciousness
  • first aid for poisoning and substance abuse
  • management of respiratory emergencies, chest injuries and use of a bag-valve-mask
  • first aid for asthmatic conditions
  • first aid for electrical injuries
  • identifying and managing circulatory emergencies (shock, bleeding, heart conditions – CPR with AED)
  • first aid for diabetic conditions and environmental emergencies
  • common communicable diseases, routes of transmission and prevention of infection

With the successful completion of the written, oral and practical exams (held on an additional day), participants will earn a certification that is valid for 3 years.

Course Fee: $650

Training Calendar

OFA-3

Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA 3) is a 70-hour (excluding breaks) program designed for remote work sites or employers with large workforces more than 20 minutes from medical aid. Successful participants will be qualified to work as WorkSafeBC OFA Level 3 first aid attendants. Initial certification requires full participation and course attendance plus successful completion of both written and practical exams (held on an additional day). OFA Level 3 meets the requirements for the Canada Labour Code (Advanced First Aid).

Topics covered include:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • priority action approach and secondary survey for conscious patients and patients with a decreased level of consciousness and for patients in the first aid room
  • first aid and documentation 
  • oxygen therapy equipment and oral airways
  • patients with spinal considerations 
  • identify common communicable diseases, routes of transmission, and prevention of infection
  • preparing and managing rapid transport category (RTC) patients for transport (supine and lateral); identifying methods of transportation for injured workers and factors used to make transport decisions
  • multiple casualty management

Upon successful completion of written, oral and practical exams, the participant will receive certification that is valid for three years.

Course Fee: $900

Training Calendar

Transportation Endorsement

The WorkSafeBC Transportation Endorsement course is a 7-hour course (excluding breaks) focusing specifically on the transport of injured workers to medical aid. In order to participate in this training, a candidate must hold a current OFA Level 1 certificate at a minimum. This certification is valid for three years upon successful completion of course. In order to be successful, candidates must demonstrate practical skill competency.

Prerequisite: Occupational First Aid Level 1 or Level 2 Certificate 

Topics covered include:

  • Patient packaging for transport include supine and lateral positioning for trauma, ¾ prone drainage, and position of comfort
  • Review of patient assessment to an OFA Level 1 standard
  • Review of critical airway, breathing and circulatory intervention with C-Spine management
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Cat Korpela
Manager, Learning & Development
T: +1 (604) 900-1980 x136
cat@manufacturingbc.org

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