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
First Aid Rules

First Aid Rules

“If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else,
it’s that if you see a glowing green monkey running away
from something, follow that monkey!”

Author Unknown, but he/she must be a teacher!

The above comment is amusing, but it does emphasize the need to “size up the scene” to know its safe before you administer care!

The next step is consent.

There are some cases that “consent” can be implied, and you’ll know it when you see it. However, always try to make contact with either the victim, or a party with the victim, especially is the victim is a child.

Briefly explain your level of skill to the victim or others with the victim what you can do, and ask for consent to help.

Never assume anything!

Automated External Defibrillators as Gifts

Automated External Defibrillators as Gifts

This morning I felt the chill in the air which told me that summer is making way for Fall, then Winter, and then the Holidays! I should start working on a Christmas gift list, and just don’t have enough hours in the day (all that went through my head in about two seconds flat) …ARGHHH!!

Then I started thinking about making the case for AED’s as Holiday gifts!

No other gift has the potential to save a life during a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) like an AED.

No iPhone or Droid app, not a 60in 4XHD Display Flat Screen TV, iPad, XBox or Play Station or Kindle has the capability at this moment, but I would guess there will be an app that would be able to in the future.

800,000 people in the United States will suffer a heart attack this year, of those 800,000, 47,000 will have a second, almost half will have a shockable rhythm, and in any case most will need CPR.

So when you are making your list, and checking it twice think about it…

What is the best gift you can possibly give a person? (hint, every mother knows the answer to this one).

Put your answer below in comments.

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