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The National Safety Council is committed to sharing relevant resources to help keep our instructors, members and the public informed about this rapidly developing situation. We are following directives from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local officials, as well as the U.S. Department of State.
At this time, NSC is proceeding with classes and trainings as planned; however, we will continue to follow all government updates, guidance and reports to determine the appropriate course of action for any NSC class. NSC instructors must consult this technical bulletin outlining protocols to follow with all classes.
NSC also has implemented heightened health and safety measures for all employees and guests in all of our buildings. Instructors must ask all class participants to read and sign this form attesting they are feeling well, have not traveled to a Level 3 country and have not been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19. Please post this sign near the entrances to your building.
Welcome to the NSC First Aid Instructor Resource Center! The National Safety Council has a proven history of First Aid education and for decades we have helped organizations prepare their employees for emergency situations. Please see the below links to learn why NSC is the best choice in First Aid training. If you are interested in becoming an NSC instructor please click the link to the right.
For suggestions or questions about the First Aid Resource Center, email [email protected]
After completing the course and successfully passing the written and practical tests, trainees receive two certificates; (adult CPR and first aid). An emphasis on quick response to first aid situations is incorporated throughout the program. Other program elements include: basic first aid intervention, basic adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and universal precautions for self-protection. Specific program elements include training specific to the type of injury: shock, bleeding, poisoning, burns, temperature extremes, musculoskeletal injuries, bites and stings, medical emergencies, and confined spaces. Instruction in the principles and first aid intervention of injuries will cover the following sites: head and neck, eye, nose, mouth and teeth, chest, abdomen, and hand, finger, and foot injuries. Employers are responsible for the type, amount, and maintenance of first aid supplies needed for their particular program. The training program should be periodically reviewed with current first aid techniques and knowledge. Basic adult CPR retesting should occur every year and first aid skills and knowledge should be reviewed every three years. The references below provide further fundamentals to help develop and maintain first aid program and skills.
Z358.1-2004, Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment. American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Provides requirements for eyewash facilities.
ANSI Standard Z358.1-2004 - Emergency Eyewash & Shower Equipment. Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Division Standards Information Sheet Bulletin, (2004), 33 KB PDF, 2 pages. Includes a summary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements.
Recordkeeping. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page. Records of first aid and medical treatments should be maintained in accordance with OSHA’s recordkeeping standards.
Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees”. Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to “comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act”.
Note: Twenty-four states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.
OSH Act Section 5(a)(1)
Hands-on Skills Training Must Be Included. In a recent letter of interpretation, OSHA held that online First Aid and CPR courses must contain hands-on training to comply with OSHA requirements for such training.
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Approved CPR and Advanced Cardiac Courses for the Office of Emergency Medical Services. NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers is on the approved list.
NSC has been approved by the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing to provide adult, infant and child CPR and first aid training to childcare providers and caregivers
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
NSC CPR and AED Training is approved by the Mississippi Department of Health. See section 106.02 § 41-60-33
Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE Program - Education Partner
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Re-licensure required every five years upon completion of continuing education and submission of the re-licensure form.
View EMT-Basic Re-licensure Guidelines
NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED training has been approved through Oct. 31, 2019, by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.
View EMS Pediatric Training Approval
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California EMSA-approved school bus driver training program for First Aid and CPR has been approved through Sept. 30, 2021. Providers may offer a blended course that includes online and in-person components to fulfill school bus drivers first aid and CPR training requirement. Because the didactic portion of online NSC First Aid, CPR & AED is identical to its classroom content, the online NSC course, followed by hands-on skills testing, is an EMSA-approved curriculum for school bus drivers.
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American Camping Association mentions NSC as an approved provider.
The Boy Scouts of America added NSC as an approved training provider.
Girl Scouts of America approved NSC First Aid, CPR & AED for Level 1 First Aider, and Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED and Emergency Medical Response for Level 2 First Aider.
U.S. Coast Guard approved NSC First Aid, CPR & AED; NSC First Aid; NSC CPR & AED; NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED through June 30, 2020.
Alberta, Canada, approved NSC First Aid, CPR & AED (Emergency First Aid) and NSC Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED (Standard First Aid).
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Nebraska licenses as out-of-hospital emergency medical providers Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. Individuals who hold an EMT intermediate level license may renew and reinstate only. Licenses also are given to Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Services and Emergency Medical Services Training Agencies.
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The following programs satisfy requirements as stated in Colorado Board of Health Rules 6-CCR-1015-3, Chapter 1- EMS Rules.
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NSC is an approved vendor by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood Division of Early Care and Learning. NSC First Aid, NSC CPR & AED, and NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens courses are included.
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Evidence of current CPR training is required by submitting a photocopy of a valid card issued by NSC, the American Heart Association, National Red Cross or any program approved by and filed with the Department of Health and Human Services. CPR will be granted 4 CEUs per renewal period.
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Office of Early Childhood - Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED
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Department of Public Health approved NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED for childcare providers.
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NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare and Professional Rescuers is approved by the New Jersey Department of Health.
Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services
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New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Boards and Commissions Division approved NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare and Professional Rescuers for training/retraining dentists and dental hygienists.
New Mexico EMS Bureau approved NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare and Professional Rescuers (4.5-hour course) to meet New Mexico EMS licensure requirements.
Florida Agency of Persons with Disabilities approved NSC First Aid, CPR & AED; CPR & AED; and Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers. The agency also approved NSC web-based courses Bloodborne and Airborn Pathogens, and First Aid, CPR & AED (First Aid portion only; CPR & AED must be classroom-based).
NSC CPR Pro, Advanced First Aid and EMR are approved for children's camp staff and NY bathing facilities
To be admitted to the state final practical skills exam, CFR, EMT and Advanced EMT students must pass CPR testing.
Dentists must complete 60 contact hours of continuing education in each three-year registration period, and dental hygienists require 24 contact hours. New York State Board for Dentistry approved NSC CPR courses; see #17.
The State Board for Podiatry approved NSC CPR & AED, and NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers. CPR & AED is approved for 2.75 credits; Basic Life Support is approved for 4.0 credits. Instructors who teach these classes for podiatrists must send the State Board a list of learners upon completion of either program. The applicable ID number contained in these approval letters must be included on the participants’ list.
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View CPR and AED Letter
NSC is contracted by the Office of Children and Family Services to deliver a Pediatric and Adult CPR, AED and First Aid programs for regulated daycare providers.
NSC is recognized in OSHA Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program.
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NSC Pediatric FA/CPR has been approved by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education.
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NSC training is approved from Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board Traditional Courses
NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers is approved in North Dakota for the recertification of EMS providers when submitting their recertification to the National Registry of EMTs.
Former Gov. Pat Quinn signed Lauren’s Law, requiring all Illinois high schools to add CPR and AED training to their curriculum.
The NSC CPR & AED program has been approved as being "established to train individuals as AED users which follow the course objectives of the AHA and ARC or other nationally recognized courses."
Pennsylvania Department of Health Approval recognizes NSC CPR programs for school nurses.
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NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers and NSC First Aid, CPR & AED are approved for pharmacists.
NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers is approved for EMS providers.
Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System awarded NSC the status of Specialty Discipline Organization.
Office of Child Development and Early Learning approved NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED course.
Indiana Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensing & Development, lists NSC as an approved provider of CPR & AED training for Indiana teachers.
Application for license as an Emergency Medical Technician requires a signed Healthcare Provider level or equivalent cardiopulmonary resuscitation card. (American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer, American Safety and Health Institute CPRPRO, Medic First Aid BLSPRO or National Safety Council Professional Rescuer CPR).
Iowa Department of Human Services approved the NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED program for childcare providers.
Bloodborne Pathogens is approved by the South Carolina Division of Health Licensing for tattoo and body piercing artists. Below find standard first aid with CPR requirements for adults and children.
NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED can be used to teach daycare providers.
Texas Department of State Health Services licenses and regulates massage therapists, massage therapy instructors, massage schools and massage establishments in Texas.
NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens Online program approved for continuing education credits.
Approved sources for childcare provider certification in first aid and infant/child CPR include NSC, American Heart Association, American Red Cross or the equivalent. CPR certification must include hands-on testing
NSC is approved by the Utah Department of Health.
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, renewed its approval for NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED for employees in Class A and Class B Child Care Centers.
Virginia Office of EMS requires certification in CPR as a prerequisite for enrollment in the EMT-Basic and EMS First Responder Programs (initial full certification courses). Courses accepted by the Virginia Office of EMS are found on the link below.
NSC Pediatric First aid, CPR & AED is approved by the Department of Social Services.
Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology approved NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens for use by tattoo and body-piercing artists.
Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development-Office of Child Care
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Office of Emergency Medical Services includes NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers and NSC CPR & AED on its list of approved courses for EMS personnel.
Office of Emergency Medical Services
Pursuant to 105 CMR 435.23(1) all lifeguards shall hold the following certifications: (a) current Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, or Royal Bronze Medallion, or Boy Scouts of America Lifeguard Certificate or National Y.M.C.A. Lifeguard Certificate or an equivalent certification, provided that no such alternative certification shall be deemed equivalent unless it shall contain all of the minimum requirements mandated or required by one or more of the foregoing certification programs; and (b) a current American Red Cross CPR Certificate for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association CPR Certificate for the Health Care Provider, or National Safety Council CPR Training; and (c) a Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificate, or a Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety Certificate (which certification may be evidenced by a notation on the back of any Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate), or National Safety Council First Aid Training, Level 2, or an equivalent certification, provided however, that no such alternative certification shall be deemed equivalent unless it shall contain all of the minimum requirements of one of the foregoing certification programs.
NSC First Aid, CPR & AED continues to be on the approved courses list for the state of Wisconsin.
Participants take a self-assessment before they start to determine which areas they already have knowledge and where they need to learn more. The courses are then adapted for each individual. Benefits include up to 50% reduction in learning time, increased engagement, cost savings (less time studying means less time away from the job), convenient online format.
NSC First Aid CPR & AED Online Adaptive Course
For emergency response teams, safety personnel, supervisors, individuals requiring certification, general public.
For an OSHA-compliant completion card, students must complete skills testing by an authorized tester. Additional fee may apply.
NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens Online Adaptive Course
For health care professionals, lab technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, fire, police, ambulance, EMS and others.
Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a course completion card, printed at the end of the course.
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We closely follow state legislation relating to public access AED programs. From time-to-time, we highlight interesting bills making their way through the sausage factory. Keep in mind the changes described below will apply only if these bills are passed and become law. For now, they are proposed changes.
Tennessee school AED placement requirement: Pending legislation in Tennessee would require the placement of AEDs in all public schools. The bill would also require that students receive CPR/AED instruction and conduct sudden cardiac arrest drills. The bill has passed both houses and is awaiting the governor's signature. Tennessee SB 1135.
Georgia AED law changes: Pending legislation in Georgia would remove certain training, agency notification and reporting requirements applicable primarily to first responder AED programs. Remaining provisions appear to conflict with some of the requirements applicable to volunteer bystander AED programs. The bill doesn't fix these conflicts so some confusion will remain if the it passes (as they do now). Georgia HB 264.
Colorado AED placement encouragement and school donation requirement: Pending legislation in Colorado would encourage public places capable of accommodating 100 or more people to deploy AEDs and would require public schools to accept AED donations. An earlier version of the bill would have removed the state's burdensome and unhelpful AED program requirements and dramatically strengthened immunity protections for everyone involved in Colorado AED programs. Those changes have been removed in the current version. If the bill passes in its current form, AED program burdens will remain high and legal protections will remain quite limited. Colorado HB 19-1183.
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The ILCOR First Aid Task Force did not identify the administration of naloxone as a first aid measure to be evaluated. Evidence reviews for 22 active first aid questions and reviews (and subsequent treatment recommendations) had to have been completed by the end of January 2015 to be included in the 2015 Guidelines.
At a recent First Aid Task Force meeting in Chicago, we learned that evidence on this topic is being reviewed by the Advanced Life Support Task Force. This Task Force will be making a treatment recommendation based on this evidence in 2015.
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