First Aid News

April 2024

First Aid News is a newsletter from the National Safety Council exclusively for NSC First Aid safety professionals.

Here you’ll find the latest updates on NSC training, links to important first aid news and new opportunities for you to consider. Our goal is to build an ongoing conversation to help you save lives. As a bonus, with this one monthly newsletter containing vital, need-to-know information, you'll receive fewer emails.

Register: Webinar for First Aid Training Centers, Instructors

You're invited to join the NSC First Aid team for a special webinar, NSC First Aid Program Updates for Training Centers and Instructors, at 10 a.m. (CT) Friday, April 26. This exciting session will offer timely details on our Digital Certificate Platform and instructor renewals, tips for building connections, and more.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We look forward to connecting with you later this month!

NSC First Aid Compliance Corner

Help Us Uphold Our Standards of Excellence

Dear Instructors,

As we continue our mission of providing top-tier first aid training, we've encountered instances of non-compliance that remind us of the importance of adhering to the established standards within our organization.

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the methodologies and scientific techniques our programs follow, aligned with international recommendations and standards. It is essential that the structure, design and teaching methodology of each course we offer remain consistent to ensure the integrity and uniformity of our training sessions. 

We understand the challenges and pressures of teaching, yet maintaining the agreed-upon course formats is crucial. Modifying course content or structure compromises our collective efforts and the trust of those we aim to educate and protect.

As part of our team, you play a vital role in upholding these standards. We ask that you:

● Adhere strictly to the prescribed course structure and methodology
● Ensure all course documentation is complete and submitted as required
● Continue to follow the established training practices without modification

Your commitment and professionalism are highly valued, and we deeply appreciate your dedication to maintaining the quality of our training programs. Please remember, you have our full support in navigating any challenges you may face in meeting these expectations. If you ever have questions or want clarity on certain topics, please email [email protected]

Together, let's continue to make a significant impact through our training, knowing we are aligned in our mission to educate and save lives through adherence to the highest standards of first aid training.

Thank you for your continued dedication and professionalism.

NSC Naloxone eLearning Course Now Available

Take and Share this Free Course to Combat Opioid Overdoses in the Workplace

We are thrilled to announce an essential new training opportunity that aligns with our commitment to safety and health in the workplace: a comprehensive course on the use of naloxone to effectively respond to opioid overdoses, including training in hands-only CPR techniques. This vital addition, Naloxone for Suspected Opioid Overdose eLearning, not only aims to equip our team and students with a broader range of skills to address opioid emergencies comprehensively, it’s also free!

Opioid overdose is a pressing issue that impacts communities and workplaces alike, with workplace overdose deaths increasing by 619% since 2011 and overdoses now causing nearly 9.6% of all worker deaths on the job. As frontline responders in emergency situations, understanding how to use naloxone – a simple yet powerful tool – alongside hands-only CPR can significantly increase the chances of survival in urgent scenarios.

This new course covers:

● The basics of opioid overdose identification
● Step-by-step instructions on how to safely administer naloxone

● Hands-only CPR techniques to provide critical support until professional help arrives
● Legal considerations and protections for responders
● Strategies for promoting a supportive and prepared workplace

We strongly encourage all instructors to participate in this training and to encourage your students to take it, as well. Enhancing our skills in these areas not only prepares us to act decisively in emergencies but also contributes to a safer, more responsive work environment. Your participation reinforces our shared responsibility to protect our colleagues and community members from the devastating impact of opioid overdoses and other life-threatening situations.

Together, let's take a proactive step toward preventing further loss of life due to opioid overdoses and other emergencies. Your involvement is a testament to your dedication to saving lives and fostering a culture of safety and preparedness.

Thank you for your commitment to making a difference.

Share Your Save Story

There’s no better way to inspire someone to take a first aid class than to share a story of when you used your skills to save a life. If you or someone you know has used their first aid skills to make a difference, we’d love to hear about it! 

Share your save story today by emailing [email protected]. Simply tell us what happened and how you used your first aid skills to save a life. If you have pictures or other media to share, we’d love to see them as well!

Interested in Delivering First Aid Courses in Spanish?

NSC authorized instructors can reach out to [email protected] for a free digital copy of a Spanish language Instructor Resource Kit.

Is Your NSC Instructor Authorization Expiring?

Renew your instructor credentials here. If you work with a chapter or training center, reach out to your contact directly to process payment for your renewal. If your organization pays for your renewal, send them this link to process the renewal. First aid instructors only: Online administrative course is no longer required for renewal. For help, contact (800) 621-7619 or [email protected].

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