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AET-020 Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder - EMR

80 hours


The EMR course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness in a pre-hospital setting and includes CPR level HCP and AED. The certification is valid for three years. Being a certified EMR opens the doors to a variety of employment opportunities including BC Ambulance Services, private ambulance services (ie LifeSupport Transport), fire departments, law enforcement, ski-patrol and rescue, and industry employers in remote locations in BC / Alberta.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Participants must be certified in Standard First Aid with CPR level C or higher. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials. Minimum of 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent / guardian signed waiver.

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FAC-010 Emergency Child Care First Aid With CPR Level B

8 hours


This course is designed for parents and caregivers of children up to eight years of age. Topics include: recognition of home hazards, accident prevention, and safety education. Skills focus on respiratory distress, CPR, AED, bleeding management and common first aid situations. This course is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Child Care Facilities Licensing Board. Certification period is three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level B is recommended.


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FAC-012 Canadian Red Cross Babysitter's Course

8 hours


This course is designed in compliance with the Canadian Red Cross to help children learn child care, injury prevention, and basic first aid skills. They will learn important child care skills; safety tips for children of all ages; how to cope with common problems, like tantrums and crying; what to do if anything makes the babysitter uncomfortable; some great games and other ideas for having fun with the children while babysitting; how to make the children's environment safe and enjoyable and how to handle emergencies and basic first aid. Note: Students will need to bring a baby sized doll or stuffed animal to class for practice. Please bring a bag lunch and snacks.


Prerequisite(s):

  • This course is for children 11 years and older. An emergency first aid course would be beneficial, but is not required.

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FAC-015 Red Cross First Responder

40 hours


Pre-hospital care and CPR skills for professional first responders or those wanting to become first responders. Course teaches techniques for sustaining life, preventing further injuries, and caring for illnesses and injuries until the next level of medical personnel arrives. Includes CPR level HCP and AED. The certification is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Participants must be certified in CPR Level C. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to pick-up course materials. Minimum of 16 years of age and students under 19 years of age require a parent/ guardian signed waiver.

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FAC-016 Bloodborne Pathogens


This online program is designed for individuals who may be exposed to blood and body fluids or items contaminated with blood during the performance of their work and who wish to gain a basic understanding of blood-borne pathogens. KEYWORDS: medical; blood; health care; pathogens; employment.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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FAC-017 Medical Terminology

Online offering


This online Red Cross Medical Terminology course provides an introduction to the professional language used by those who are directly and indirectly involved with the art of healing. The course will also introduce those not currently involved in the health care environment with an introduction to the language of medicine. In addition, the program will provide participants with the basics of human anatomy and physiology. Course content includes medical terminology, body structures, word parts, integumentary system, the breast, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, the sensory system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, the endocrine system, reproductive system and urinary system. Students will be issued a Red Cross Certification once course is completed and passed. All training materials included in course cost. KEYWORDS: medical; blood; health care; pathogens; employment.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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FAC-019 CPR Level Basic Life Support (CPR BLS)

6 Hours


The CPR Level Basic Life Support (CPR BLS) is training in the recognition of, and initial intervention or treatment given by pre-hospital or in-facility responders to, a patient suffereing from cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest. The BLS curriculum supports the delivery of high performance, team-based professional-level resuscitation. The BLS course is industry -driven, designed as a robust resuscitation training program geared toward high quality CPR in a team environment, and recoginizes the nuances of multipdisciplinary teams with varied experiences. The BLS Course covers content from standard BLS training, as well as Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy. This course is for people in or entering health care field including nurses, doctors, first responders and other health care professionals. KEYWORDS: medical; blood; health care; pathogens; employment.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students 18 years of age (recommended)

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FAC-020 Emergency First Aid with CPR Level C


The emergency first aid course covers the basic skills necessary to deal with time priority emergencies. The RC Emergency First Aid course is now recognized by WorkSafe BC as a valid equivalent certification for the Occupational First Aid Level 1. Certification is transferable between provinces and recognized nationally for workplace requirements. It includes initial assessment, respiratory distress, CPR, AED, bleeding, unconsciousness, shock, poisons, and secondary assessment. Certification is by the Red Cross and is valid for a period of three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level C is recommended.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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FAC-021 Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C

14 hours


This is a comprehensive first aid course for those who require the skills and knowledge necessary to deal with life-threatening situations and to give assistance to people in physical distress. The RC Standard First Aid course is now recognized by WorkSafe BC as a valid equivalent certification for the Occupational First Aid Level 1. Certification is transferable between provinces and recognized nationally for workplace requirements. Includes all of the content of the Emergency First Aid course (FAC 020) plus injuries due to heat and cold, medical conditions, bone and joint injuries, head and spinal injuries. Certification is by the Red Cross and is valid for a period of three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level C is recommended.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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FAC-023 Red Cross Instructor First Aid & CPR Recertification Course

7 hours


This course is for current Red Cross Instructor Trainers to recertify in First Aid & CPR program (CPRIT, FAIT). Certification is valid for 3 years. All prerequisites must be met.


Prerequisite(s):

  • A current CRC First Aid Program Instructor certification. -Have taught a minimum of three Canadian Red Cross First Aid Program courses during the three-year certification period. -One course must have been taught in each Instructor designation seeking recertification (to the highest level of certification with each program area, recertification courses qualify) Courses which were taught in combination (example: Standard First Aid and CPR C) do not count as separate courses for the purpose of recertification prerequisites.

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FAC-024 Red Cross Instructor First Aid & CPR Course


This course is for individuals wishing to become certified as a Red Cross First Aid & CPR - Basic Level program instructors (CPRIT, FAIT). Certification is valid for 3 years. All prerequisites must be met.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Must be 18 years or older. Successfully complete the Fundamentals of Instruction - First Aid Programs online component (approx. 8 hours)

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FAC-025 Red Cross First-Aid Instructor (Option # 2)


The Red Cross First-Aid Instructor (Option #2) course is for Red Cross Water Safety Instructors or educators (elementary or secondary level) who want to become certified as a Red Cross First-Aid Instructor. This course provides candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach Canadian Red Cross first aid and CPR courses. The candidates are expected to have finely tuned first aid and CPR technical skills, therefore this course focuses on how to teach and facilitate first aid and CPR skills. With this certification you would be able to teach the Canadian Red Cross Standard First-Aid, Emergency First-Aid, Marine Basic First-Aid, Babysitting Emergency Childcare First-Aid, AED, CPR HCP, CPR C and CPR A as well as the recertification for all of these course. In order to complete certification, all instructor candidates must complete teaching experience with a Teaching Experience Supervisor.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Must be 18 years or older. This course is for Red Cross Water Safety Instructors or educations (elementary or secondary level) who want to become certified as a Red Cross First-Aid Instructor. First Aid Certification (a valid participant certificate for the program you wish to teach)

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FAC-026 Standard First Aid & Cpr C Recertification

7 hours.


Comprehensive recertification course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training for work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. Course covers a variety of topics from basic (circulation & breathing emergencies, and prevention of disease transmission) to in-depth (sudden medical emergencies and injuries to the head and/or spine).


Prerequisite(s):

  • Take proof of current SFA certification to class.

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FAC-045 Cannabis in the Workplace: Training for Workers

Online offering


This online course aims to give employees the best possible understanding of the differences between medical and recreational cannabis, their responsibilities when using medical cannabis in the workplace, and employer responsibilities. This course explains the laws relating to human rights legislation and the duty to accommodate employees who have medical authorization to use cannabis.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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FAC-046 Cannabis in the Workplace: Management Training

Online offering


This online course provides participants with information about cannabis in the workplace, focusing on the issue of impairment and providing practical guidance to help develop and apply appropriate and effective policies and procedures. This course has been designed for business owners, organizational leaders, and those with management responsibilities.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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FAC-052 MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth


Mental Health First Aid helps students recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises. The course will provide tools and support for initial response in a crisis situation. You will cover the four most common disorders: anxiety & trauma related disorders, psychotic disorder, mood related disorders and substance related disorder plus eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Participants who take this course will be well-prepared to respond and interact confidently, when faced with mental health situations at work and in their personal lives.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students 16 years of age

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FAC-055 Psychological First Aid


This exciting program teaches everyone how to help others experiencing loss, grief and stress, and also self-care. Learners will come away with coping strategies to prevent, identify and deal with stressful events, and they will better understand what supports are available to them and how they can access or help others to access specialized support. This program uses the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model. The course consists of 3 components: There are two online components you MUST complete before doing the in class portion. The two online portions are Self-Care and Caring for Others which are approximately 45 - 90 minutes each to complete. Then the in class session which is 8 hours in length. PFA is built on the latest evidence-based research from the international community and was developed in response to a growing need within our communities and to address a gap in wellness program options with a focus on resiliency.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students 18 years of age (recommended)

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FAC-056 Psychological First Aid - Self-Care

Online offering


This exciting online program assists learners from youth to seniors in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, grief and trauma, with an emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Learners will be introduced to the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model and will learn how to cope with the effects of various types of stress. This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or in combination with the Psychological First Aid - Caring for Others online course to supplement and strengthen an overall wellness program. We also provide a full program which includes the two online courses and the in class training session. PFA is built on the latest evidence-based research from the international community and was developed in response to a growing need within our communities and to address a gap in wellness program options with a focus on resiliency.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students 14 years of age (recommended)

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FAC-057 Psychological FAID - Caring for Others

Online offering


This exciting online program assists learners from youth to seniors in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, grief and trauma on others, with an emphasis on caring for others. Learners will be introduced to the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model and will learn how to support others tocope with the effects of various types of stress. This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or in combination with the Psychological First Aid - Self-Care online course to supplement and strengthen an overall wellness program. We also provide a full program which includes the two online courses and the in class training session. PFA is built on the latest evidence-based research from the international community and was developed in response to a growing need within our communities and to address a gap in wellness program options with a focus on resiliency.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students 16 years of age (recommended)

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FAC-080 Red Cross Emergency First Aid & CPR Level C - Blended Learning

8.5 hours


The blended emergency first aid course covers the basic skills necessary to deal with time priority emergencies. Students will complete the theory portion online and the practical portion in class. The Blended RC Emergency First Aid course is NOT recognized by WorkSafe BC as a valid equivalent certification for the Occupational First Aid Level 1. It includes initial assessment, respiratory distress, CPR, AED, bleeding, unconsciousness, shock, poisons, and secondary assessment. Certification is by the Red Cross and is valid for a period of three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level C is recommended.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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FAC-081 Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C - Blended Learning

15.5 hours


This is a comprehensive first aid course for those who require the skills and knowledge necessary to deal with life-threatening situations and to give assistance to people in physical distress. The Blended RC Standard First Aid course is recognized by WorkSafe BC as a valid equivalent certification for the Occupational First Aid Level. Certification is transferable between provinces and recognized nationally for workplace requirements. Includes all of the content of the Emergency First Aid course (FAC 021) plus injuries due to heat and cold, medical conditions, bone and joint injuries, head and spinal injuries. Certification is by the Red Cross and is valid for a period of three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level C is recommended.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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FAC-082 Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C


The Marine Basic First Aid course meets defined Federal Transport Canada Marine Safety Training Standards for Marine First Aid. This course provides individuals with a basic training level of First Aid and CPR required by the Marine Industry. Certification is by the Canadian Red Cross with a certification period of three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Some previous knowledge of First Aid/ CPR is recommended, but not required.

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FAC-084 Marine Advanced First Aid & CPR C

40 hours


The Marine Advanced course will cover the Red Cross; first aid kit; body structure and function; toxicological hazards; examination of person or patient (oxygen administration); spinal Injuries; burns, scalds and effects of cold and heat; fractures, dislocations and muscular injuries; medical care of rescued persons; radio medical advice; pharmacology; sterilization and cardiac arrest, drowning and asphyxia. Certification is by Canadian Red Cross and is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Minimum of 16 years of age. Some previous  knowledge of First Aid/ CPR is recommended, but  not required.

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HRT-010 CPR Level A with AED

4 hours


This course covers skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies for adults. Topics include choking, airway and breathing emergencies, prevention of disease transmission, Automated External Defibrillation (AED).


Prerequisite(s):

  • 16 years of age before course starts

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HRT-011 CPR Level C with AED

6 hours


This is an adult, child and infant CPR course. Skills taught and practiced include one- and two-rescuer CPR; Adult, child, and infant CPR techniques; management of the obstructed airway and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). Skills taught and practiced include one-rescuer CPR, choking, barrier devices/pocketmasks, and AED. Certification period is three years, but recommended for one year.


Prerequisite(s):

  • 16 years of age before course starts.

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HRT-030 CPR Instructors Course

28 hours


This course is designed to qualify instructors for delivery of all CPR and AED level courses using standardized Curriculum and Learning Outcomes. Course content follows the First Aid Instructor's Manual and includes skill assessment, Facilitation philosophy, Administration, PDT, CPR course outlines. Upon completion Instructors will be qualified to prepare, deliver and evaluate CPR students. NOTE: Skill testing in the course is not a relearning opportunity. Candidates whose skills are not up to standard will not be permitted to attend the remainder of the course. (CPR Instructor certification with an expiry date of three years from the last day of the month the course was completed.)


Prerequisite(s):

  • All Instructor & Instructor Recertification courses must be reviewed by the NIC Department prior to Registration as follows: 18 years of age or older at the start of the course; CPR Level HCP. Post Requisites(s)8 hours co-teach (recommended to c0-teach a Level "C") unless specified by the Instructor Trainer, Co-teaching MUST be done within 1 year of completing the Instructor course, with a current FAI or CPRI who has 2 years or more of teaching experience or IT.

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HRT-031 CPR Instructors Recertification Course

8 hours


This course is designed to maintain Instructor level qualifications for delivery and evaluation of all CPR level courses using standardized Curriculum and Learning Outcomes. (CPR and AED Instructor certification with an expiry date of three years from the last day of the month the recertification course was completed.)


Prerequisite(s):

  • All Instructor & Instructor recertification courses must be reviewed by the NIC First aid Department prior to registrations as follows: 18 years of age or older at the start of the course; current CPR Instructor First Aid award; Must have taught a minimum of 3 CPR courses during the 3 year period since obtaining the Instructor designation or recertification. Any CPR courses may be considered. At least one of 3 courses must be a Level "C".

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OFA-001 WHMIS 2015

4 hours


This course is an introduction to the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System. The course includes the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling for chemicals (GHS) as well as WHMIS legislation introduced in 1988. Participants must attend and participate in 100% of the course.


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OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1

8 hours


Learn CPR, choking and hemorrhage control and minor wound care according to WSBC Regulations, Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). This WorkSafeBC course is an excellent entry level WSBC First Aid course that is a recognized by local industry. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Picture identification must be brought to the 1st class.

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OFA-015 Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement

8 hours


This course is for OFA 010 or OFA 020 certified first aid attendants that work in environments requiring Transportation Endorsement in addition to their Occupational First Aid Level 1 or 2, according to WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 to 3.21). Students will be required to complete an NIC Waiver form at the first class. Certificate is by WSBC and is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Picture identification and current OFA Level 1 or 2 Certificate must be brought to class.

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OFA-020 Occupational First Aid Level 2

43 hours


This is a WorkSafeBC course for work environments that require the Occupational First Aid Level 2 according to WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 to 3.21. Students will be required to complete a NIC Waiver form at the first class. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 years of age require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials.

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OFA-030 Occupational First Aid Level 3

77 hours


This course meets WorkSafe BC requirements for First Aid Attendants in BC and according to WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). The Occupational First Aid Level 3 course is offered with the objective of qualifying candidates for certification as Level 3 First Aid Attendants in industry. Instruction includes: anatomy and physiology; injury and body response; resuscitation- oxygen therapy; wounds and bleeding; thermal, joint, spinal and eye injuries; fractures, bandaging; immobilization; transportation; recording and reporting accidents and injuries. An NIC waiver form will be required to be filled out at class. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must be 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent / guardian signed waiver. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials.

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OFA-031 Occupational First Aid Level 2 or 3 Practice

6 hours


This is a refresher course for Occupational First Aid Level 2 or 3 ticket holders, which prepares students for Level 2 or 3 examinations.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must have a current WSBC Occupational First Aid Level 2 or 3 or equivalent certification: (EMP) 76 hour Advanced WorkPlace Level 3 Supplement ticket.

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OFA-032 Occupational First Aid Level 3 Renewal

42 hours


This course is for Occupational First Aid Level 3 First Aid attendants who prefer not to take the full OFA 030 course, but would like to attend a few classes as a refresher before challenging the Level 3 exam. Homework assignments must be completed before the first class. Note: This course is offered in accordance with WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21) All studentswill be required to complete an NIC waiver form. Certification is by WSBC for a period of three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must have or have had a WSBC Occupational First Aid Level 3 ticket or equivalent certification (i.e.: EMP 76 Hour Advanced WorkPlace Level 3 Supplement ticket). Students under 19 years of age require a parent/ guardian signed wavier. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials.

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OFA-050 Occupational First Aid Level 1 Instructor Training

40 hours


The course follows WSBC Level 1 Instructor curriculum and provides participants with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience in the preparation and successful delivery of lesson plans. They will learn the effective use of multi -media equipment, and practice the basic instructional skills required to present the OFA Level 1 course. The instructor course will also prepare participants to evaluate the knowledge and skills required for their students. (Certification as a Level 1 instructor will be issued by the agency and will be renewed In accordance with Worksafe BC. It is expected that candidates meet the course objectives before certification is issued. Instructors must maintain their current level of certification or higher. Certification period is three years)


Prerequisite(s):

  • 1.Hold an OFA level 2 certificate (or a nationally recognized Standard First Aid certificate or higher); 2.Be at least 19 years of age before course starts; 3.Provide evidence of having participated in or observed a complete Level 1 course prior to instructor training.

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WSF-017 Lock Out - Tag Out

Online offering


This online course covers Lockout/Tagout. The term "Lockout/Tagout" refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard workers from the unexpected energizing or start-up of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Lockout/Tagout explains the importance of Lockout/Tagout in protecting the health and safety of workers. The course examines basic workplace safety tenets and examines the specific stages and procedures of the Lockout/Tagout process. The basic tenets of safety are explained as are the specific stages and procedures of the Lockout-Tagout process.


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WSF-050 Fire Safety

Online offering


This online Fire Safety course teaches participants about the legislated fire safety responsibilities of the employer and the worker, describes safe work practices related to fire prevention, and provides practical information about emergency response in situations involving fire.


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