Classroom Courses

Occupational First Aid Level 3

Length of Course: 70 hours
Certification: WorkSafe BC
Valid: 3 years
Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Government Issued Photo I.D.
  • Complete the pre-course homework assignments before entering the class on the first day
  • Wear modest clothing (no tanks) for working in close contact with other students
  • Be medically and physically apt to perform floor-work and first aid related activities
  • Recommended: complete a Level One First Aid or equivalent ticket, as well as a Transportation Endorsement.

Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA 3) is a 70 hour (excluding breaks) program designed for remote worksites or employers with large workforces more than 20 minutes from medical aid. Successful participants will be qualified to work as a WorkSafeBC OFA Level 3 first aid attendant. Initial certification requires full participation and course attendance plus successful completion of both written and practical exams (held on an additional day). OFA Level 3 meets the requirements for the Canada Labour Code (Advanced First Aid) and the Alberta Human Services OH&S Policy (Advanced First Aid).

Topics covered include:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • priority action approach and secondary survey for conscious patients and patients with a decreased level of consciousness and for patients in the first aid room
  • first aid and documentation for soft tissue injuries, eye injuries, burns, and ligament & tendon injuries
  • first aid for:
    • head, brain, and spinal injuries
    • pelvic and abdominal injuries
    • medical conditions including diabetic emergencies and asthma
    • poisoning and substance abuse
  • managing:
    • oxygen therapy equipment and oral airways
    • patients with spinal considerations and preparing them for transport including the application of hard collars
  • identify and manage:
    • critical interventions of the airway including the use of suction equipment
    • respiratory emergencies
    • circulatory emergencies (shock, bleeding, heart conditions – CPR with AED)
    • upper and lower limb fractures and dislocations
    • electrical injuries and environmental injuries
    • strokes and seizures
  • identify common communicable diseases, routes of transmission, and prevention of infection
  • preparing and managing rapid transport category (RTC) patients for transport (supine and lateral); identifying methods of transportation for injured workers and factors used to make transport decisions
  • multiple casualty management

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