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4 Benefits of Training for CPR-C Certification

- by Christina Hryniuk

Obtaining your first aid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Level C certification is a valuable asset. It qualifies you to step in and make a difference in case someone needs serious help and prevent serious injuries to others around them at home, work, and in public.

If you are contemplating on getting Standard First Aid and CPR-Level C and AED certification, learn more about why it’s worth it below.

CPR Saves Lives

Most obviously, being CPR certified is that you can help save someone’s life. Most people don’t know how to react or what to do in emergencies, and that could lead to fatal consequences to those who need immediate assistance before paramedics arrive.

Reacting instantly in a life-threatening situation is vital.

In cases of cardiac arrest, performing CPR quickly is pivotal because it will prevent the situation from becoming critical. By attaining knowledge and hands-on training, people who receive their certification will have the skills and information they need to act.

At home or out in public, training can also save the life of a friend or family member.

CPR intervention:

  • Drowning
  • Trauma
  • Electrocution
  • Drug Overdose

More People Need to Know CPR

Not enough people possess the training necessary to aid others in emergency situations. This means that many bystanders fear they’ll make mistakes or cause harm to the person in need of help. Therefore they don’t intervene. Even those who do try to help don't know the correct procedures to follow to ensure the safety of the person in need of help.

With standard first aid with CPR-Level C and AED certification, you will know exactly what to do if the unexpected occurs.

Knowing CPR Increases Confidence

Many emergencies occur unexpectedly, it’s vital that individuals who intervene have confidence and cognizance to make the correct decisions. With the skills you learn from CPR, you will confidently react in emergency situations. Seeing someone approaching the situation calmly and assuredly also puts bystanders at ease and decreases panic.

CPR-C Certification is Easy to Complete

People are unaware how easy and quickly it is to receive your certification. RPM Trucking Industry Safety offers full day workshops (8 hours). It’s also not limited to specific people or those with medical backgrounds. Anyone can become certified and put their skills to use to save the life of a co-worker, friend, or loved one.

Our first-aid CPR course provides the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children and infants. It includes training in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as well as first-aid (e.g. cuts, scrapes, bleeds, bloody noses, fainting, seizures, how to use an EpiPen). The course is suitable for workplace requirements and certified by the Canadian Red Cross.

RPM's Emergency First Aid with CPR Level C & AED training is a member benefit only.
In order to register your company must be registered with RPM and currently working towards or have achieved SAFE Work Certification.
For more information contact us by phone 204-632-6600 or email info@rpmsafety.ca


The Importance of Improving Your Workplace with Psychological First Aid

- by Christina Hryniuk

By the time you read this blog post 50 workers will have called in to work due to mental health issues.

What we must remember is that mental illness is as real as other physical issues such as heart disease. There is undeniably a connection between mental and physical health.

Mental illness doesn’t just affect someone’s personal mental, physical, and emotional health. It also affects productivity of workplaces, peoples’ jobs, and quality of life.

This week, about 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems. In fact, about 70 percent to 90 percent of people with severe mental illnesses are unemployed.

On a yearly basis, 175,000 full-time workers don’t go to work due to mental illness. Mental health is also the leading cause of disability in Canada and the cost of disability leave for a mental illness is double the cost of a leave for a physical illness.

Every year, about 355,000 disability cases are directly linked to mental and/or behavioral disorders. The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that:

  • 82 percent of responding organizations ranked mental health conditions in their top three causes of short-term disability (72 percent for long-term disability).
  • 30 percent of all short- and long-term disability claims are due to mental health problems and illnesses.
  • The average responding organization reported spending more than $10.5 million annually on absence claims.

Unfortunately as well, for truck drivers it is also very difficult to claim Workers Compensation if they suffer a traumatic event at work. So it is vital to have a program that allows employers and employees work through mental health issues and crisis.

RPM will be offering a psychological first aid training

Psychological First Aid training allows individuals to build a self-care plan through understanding and identifying how loss, grief, and stress affect them and in turn how to deal with it. This training also explores how they can care for others by identifying what it looks like when their friend or loved one is experiencing distress. The program focuses on four components including: look, listen, link and live. This means awareness that there is a problem, listening to yourself or others, and linking to resources in your community so that you can live fully.

Psychological First Aid is a resiliency-based program for everyone that offers prevention and coping strategies for dealing with different types of stress resulting from various types of trauma.

According to Trucking HR, more than 300,000 people across Canada in workplaces, schools and communities have received mental health first aid training, resulting in positive and long-lasting effects.

The Benefits of Psychological First Aid

Key outcomes include:

  • Significantly greater recognition of the most common mental health illnesses and problems
  • Decreased social distance from people with mental health illnesses or problems
  • Increased confidence in providing help to others
  • Demonstrated increase in helpful actions

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, there are three main reasons why employers decide to engage in Mental Health First Aid.

For one, the stigma surrounded by mental health problems is reduced. Psychological training makes it easier to communicate with someone experiencing a mental health problem.

Another reason it is beneficial is because one-in-five people will experience a mental health problem this year. Evidence shows that participants increase their awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems.

It also increases the confidence participants have in engaging with someone experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

With RPM’s psychological training you will be able to protect your employees at all levels and create a safe space for them. For more information on when we will be offering psychological first aid training, contact us or call 1-(204)-632-6600.


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