Back To School First Aid Classes

Back To School First Aid Classes

Teachers & Daycare Workers Need First Aid Training

Sadly summer is over and Teachers and Day Care workers have headed back into the classroom and playroom.

While First Aid /CPR & AED training may be the last item on everyone’s list; keep in mind that there is a requirement under the law to be current in First Aid Training.

We have provided a chart below for easy reference. The corresponding WAC (Washington Administrative Codes) are easily accessed via the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Website.

WAC 296-800-15005 29 CFR 1910.151(b), WAC 180-20-101(d), WIAA Handbook   Rule 23.2.1 A&B, WAC 388-295-1100(1), WAC 180-79A-380(1), WAC 180-82-340(2), WAC 296-62-40025(d)(v)(C), WAC 296-155-005-(1), WAC 296-155-120

Are You Required to Hold Certification? NWR is available for on site training of your entire staff.
Staff Position
Requirement or Recommendation
An Employee to offer first-aid
Required First-aid card – At least one employee at each location, at all times — (CPR recommended) WAC 296-800-15005 29 CFR 1910.151(b)
Bus Drivers
Required First aid card and CPR certification WAC 180-20-101(d)
Required First aid card and CPR certification WIAA Handbook   Rule 23.2.1 A&B
Licensed Child Care Staff
Required First aid card and CPR certification WAC 388-295-1100(1)
P.E. Teachers
Required for Endorsement First aid card and CPR certification WAC 180-79A-380(1)
Health/Fitness Teachers
Required for Endorsement First aid card and CPR certification WAC 180-82-340(2)
Lab Science Teachers/CHO
Recommended First aid card and CPR certification WAC 296-62-40025(d)(v)(C)
Maintenance & Operations
Required First-aid card when performing “construction” work  WAC 296-155-005-(1)WAC 296-155-120
Vessel or Ship Emergency Medical Response Checklist

Vessel or Ship Emergency Medical Response Checklist

Medical Emergency at Sea

What do we do? What do we ask?

If you boat, you should be current in First Aid, CPR/AED! If you aren’t, then now is the time to take a class, because stuff happens on boats; just sayin.

I’m often asked how do I remember all the questions and checks for a sudden illness event? Well the simple answer is because it’s my job as a trainer and provider. I do it all the time so it’s become part of my DNA.

For the rest of you, I’ve uploaded a simple list you can download for your First Aid kits. Print it and place a copy or two in your kit.

Here is the link: Patient Care Report

Captain Thomas Bliss; a self-described “safety nerd,” is founder and director of Northwest Response.

Free Red Cross iPhone App

Free Red Cross iPhone App

The American Red Cross launched its official first aid app, putting free and simple lifesaving information right in the hands of smart phone users.


This app is the first in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in first aid and emergency preparedness information. It’s also the only first aid app created or endorsed by the American Red Cross for use on both the Android and iPhone platforms. It gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and includes videos and interactive quizzes. Users who take quizzes can earn badges they can share with friends through social media to show off their lifesaving knowledge.

The app takes critical first aid information normally stored on bookshelves and in pamphlets and places it at the fingertips of tens of millions of individuals – which will save lives. The Red Cross app includes trusted Red Cross disaster preparedness information for a number of common situations.

“The penetration of personal smart phone ownership in the U.S. has recently risen above 60 percent and will likely soon reach the level of traditional wire line phones,” said Jack McMaster, president, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services at the Red Cross. “The broad availability of this platform opens a new opportunity for us to create custom apps, free of charge, tailored to specific emergencies confronting individuals no matter where they are.”

“The American Red Cross First Aid app is a free and easy way to get lifesaving first aid instruction and disaster preparedness information anytime, anywhere,” said Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council chair Dr. David Markenson. “Everyone should load this onto their smart phone as an important first step in learning what to do for medical emergencies and in creating a family preparedness plan.”

App features include:

  • Simple step-by-step instructions for everyday first aid scenarios;
  • Prioritized steps to take during an emergency, with 9-1-1 call button;
  • Sharable badges to be unlocked through interactive quizzes;
  • Videos and animations to make learning first aid fun and easy;
  • Safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions including severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes;
  • Preloaded content that gives instant access to all safety information at any time.

The app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

The new app builds on the American Red Cross legacy of teaching first aid and lifesaving skills to people across the country. An average of more than 9 million people a year receive Red Cross training in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.

Downloading the app is not a substitute for training. To learn more about American Red Cross first aid or register for a course, visit

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Demos

AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Demos

Shopping for an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)?

One of the reasons we don’t buy certain items on-line is because we still want to see, touch and examine the product. Like a car, or maybe a mattress, we want to take it for a test drive, get that new car smell, or recline on a new mattress, then we make our decision, and sometimes that includes returning to the internet and doing some comparative shopping.

Buying an AED is no different. Unless you are very familiar with the product already, you may be unlikely to purchase the item on-line, and that may delay your purchase of a very important life saving device in a SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest).

Northwest Response brings the product directly to you. We can walk you through the features of the AED and answer any pre-purchase questions you may have, and a few you didnt know you had.

To schedule a complementary DEMO of the ZOLL, Heartsine or Phillips AED, call us at 253-238-0519 or send us an email via this link.

We look forward to assisting you in your purchase of a new AED.

Northwest Response is an Authorized Distributor for ZOLL & Heartsine Automated External Defibrillator’s
Complying with First Aid Laws in Washington

Complying with First Aid Laws in Washington

Are You Gambling With Compliance?

We talk about the fact of law that requires employers to have first aid trained personnel and fully stocked first aid kits available at all times. Our clients know they need to stay compliant on one hand, but they also believe that having trained personnel on site could be the difference between life and death in the event of on-site medical emergencies. It could also save them thousands of dollars in OSHA & Labor and Industries fines.

We hear and see companies large and small who are neglecting to follow this law; they are gambling, and do so at their own peril.

You can ignore these laws only so long as you never have an incident, or Labor & Industries never shows up at your door or job-site, but when the investigators show up; the house always wins.

Be assured that your world will change during an L&I investigation where there has been an “on the job” injury and there were no first aid trained personnel, no first aid kits, or were poorly stocked kits.

Yes, the house always wins so don’t gamble with compliance and risk heavy fines or worse.

We have seen fines as high as $9050.00 so is it worth it to gamble?

Recent observations and stories:

  • No First Aid Kit’s on site
  • No Trained Personnel
  • Used-up First Aid Supplies in First Aid Kits (as in bloody gauze)
  • AED’s that have expired electrodes and batteries

It’s only a matter of time before the long arm of the law catches up with scofflaws, and its almost always following an “on the job” injury.

Below are the laws in black and white with no mystery, and no grey areas. If you are compliant then great, but if not; call us immediately! 

You must:

Comply with the first-aid training requirements of 29 C.F.R. 1910.151(b) which states:

In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace, which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid.

Make sure that first-aid trained personnel are available to provide quick and effective first aid
Make sure appropriate first-aid supplies are readily available

• Make sure first-aid supplies at your workplace are appropriate to:

– Your occupational setting.

– The response time of your emergency medical services.

Note: First-aid kits from your local retailer or safety supplier should be adequate for most nonindustrial employers.

• Make sure that first-aid supplies are:

–Easily accessible to all your employees.

–Stored in containers that protect them from damage, deterioration, or contamination. Containers must be clearly marked, not locked, and may be sealed.

– Able to be moved to the location of an injured or acutely ill worker.