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Allstar Enviro Safety  now has the Childcare First Aid program with CPR Level B and AED 


Allstar Enviro Safety is pleased to announce that their lead Safety Consultant, Arliss T.E. Levine, was accepted as an instructor in the Childcare First Aid certificate program. These programs are certified under the auspices of the Canadian Red Cross  and will assist clients in complying with Part 11 of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act and Code.

Day homes, nurseries and daycare providers  in Alberta are required under  the Alberta Regulation to have a ratio of certified workers per shift in first aid, with a specific emphasis on Childcare.  Courses are designed to educate people in charge of children  to have proper understanding of safety and know how to perform choking and cpr techniques when called upon in an emergency.  Wound management, child proofing, and disease prevention are covered in the two day program.

Injury affects more children in Alberta than all the diseases combined for adults. It is essential that we put our proper trust in those supervising young people and ensure that they are competent in an emergency.  These courses are  designed for those in the early childhood education industry as well as for parents/caregivers. They include the latest first aid and CPR guidelines

Arliss T.E. Levine, CRSP, CHSC, BA, NEBOSH IOGC and COR Auditor has an extensive first aid background and has training as a casualty simulator which she has practiced in some of the green cloud simulations put on by Emergency Medical Services.

Emergency Child Care is a one day classroom based program.

For a more advanced program, candidates can enroll in the 2 day Standard ChildCare First Aid.

Both include CPR Level B and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)

Allstar Enviro Safety has been providing classroom based and e learning training, consulting and safety program development to Alberta companies for several decades. Their lead Safety Consultant, Arliss T E Levine, CRSP, CHSC, BA, NEBOSH IOGC is also a COR Auditor.  Allstar Enviro Safety is pleased to offer over 100 online programs that offer downloadable and printable certificates on safety and environmental topics.

How to Apply First Aid to Small Injuries

Small injuries happen all the time. Burns, choking, ankle or knee spraining – these are all injuries that can happen at home, at school or at work. Even though these conditions may not be life threatening, they need to be addressed adequately and as quickly as possible. In what follows, we would like to present a few tips about what to do in these cases.




A sprain is an injury of the muscles or the ligaments around joints. Twists, hits or falls can make the ligaments to move out of their place, causing severe pain often accompanied by instant swelling and bruising.


The first thing to do in case of a sprain is to apply a cold compress or ice on the injured joint to reduce the swelling. The compress must be applied for the first two days after the injury. If the condition of the victim is not improving after the first few days, refer to a doctor.




First and second-degree burns are among the most common home and workplace injuries as well. First degree burns cause skin irritation and redness, while second degree burns cause blisters, too.


The first and most important thing to do in case of such burns is to cool down the affected area with the help of cool (not cold) water. After submerging the injured body part in cold water, apply some kind of loose bandage on the wound – anti-septic, non-sticky bandages are best. Do not apply any grease or cream on the burn – these substances seal the surface of the wound and may contribute to the appearance of infections.  Pain relievers can be given as appropriate to ease the discomfort.


If the burns are caused by an injury involving electricity or chemicals, do call for medical help immediately, for these burns can be more serious and more complicated to treat than simple burns caused by hot coffee or a hot stove.




This type of injury occurs when a foreign object blocks the path of air into the lungs. The symptoms can be scary: breathing difficulties or noisy breathing, the face and the nails turning blue, even loss of consciousness.


The first thing to do in these cases is to try and remove the object obstructing the airways. You can try to apply blows on the back of the patient, alternating these blows with abdominal thrusts. Another very efficient technique is to use the Heimlich maneuver: stand behind the injured person, put your arms around his or her navel, grasping your hands in the front and press the abdomen hard, pulling upwards.


In more severe cases, the injured person may pass out. If this happens, you need to act immediately. Open the mouth of the victim, reach into the throat and try to remove the obstruction. If the object cannot be removed, apply CPR immediately – the movements involved in cardiopulmonary resuscitation may dislodge the blocked object.  You need to have first aid training in order to do CPR.


These are only three of the most common, everyday injuries. If you become involved in any such accidents, keep calm, try to evaluate the situation and apply these first aid measures – your intervention can save lives.  First Aid training will keep you prepared for such situations.



How to Seek Employment in Alberta’s Lucrative Petroleum and Construction Job Market

One of the most frequent questions I am asked as a Safety Consultant is:
“How can I get Employment in  Alberta’s lucrative job market” ?
Alberta’s booming economy offers great prospects for career opportunities,
particularly in the Petroleum and Construction trades in the next years.
With the highest economic growth of all the provinces, there are 275,000 direct and
indirect  oil and gas jobs to be filled.
When I talk to employers who book safety courses for their staff and contractors they are looking to hire:
a) Tradespeople, such as Carpenters, Heavy Equipment Operators, Mechanics,
     Truck drivers, Electricians,  Instrumentation technologists,  scaffolders, construction laborers. READ MORE

Online Blended First Aid

One of the greatest fears an person might face is the possibility of a first aid or medical emergency.


It is surprising that most people are unprepared for an injury or health emergency, even though statistically it is likely that everyone will face some sort of medical situation in their lifetime. READ MORE

Heart Attack And Cardiac Arrest

Would you know if you’re having a heart attack? Silly question right. When most people think of heart attacks, they imagine that it will be accompanied by pain in your left arm, profuse sweating and a sudden, sharp pain in your chest. But this isn’t always the case, some people who have a heart attack have no obvious symptoms at all. This is just one of the many common misconceptions about heart attacks.

Another misconception is that a heart attack is the same as cardiac arrest.

Cardiac arrest came to the nation’s attention in March 2012 when the footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed during an FA Cup match. Thankfully, Muamba recovered and, despite having to retire from playing football, he is looking forward to the birth of his second child. Unfortunately, the British swimmer Chloe Waddell wasn’t as lucky. She suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this month and was unable to be revived. This highlights that heart problems aren’t just an issue for older people or people who don’t live a healthy lifestyle. Cardiac arrest has affected the healthiest and fittest of individuals, as well as young people.

What is cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest is very different from a heart attack. A cardiac arrest happens when your heart suddenly stops beating because of a problem with its electrical system. This often happens without warning and means that your heart stops pumping blood around your body. Without immediate CPR or a shock from an automatic external defibrillator (AED), a cardiac arrest can be fatal.

According to the British Heart Foundation, most heart attacks are caused by coronary heart disease (CHD), which is caused by a build up of fatty deposits on your artery walls. This can block the blood flow to your heart. CHD is more common in men over 45 years and women over 55. A heart attack doesn’t always mean your heart has stopped beating but it can cause cardiac arrest.
How do I know if I’m at risk?
As with anything, knowledge is power, and knowing how your heart works is a step in the right direction.

[ animation: How the heart works:]

Certain risk factors for cardiac arrest include the following.
•    Previously having a heart attack.
•    A family history of sudden death, heart failure or heart attack.
•    An abnormal heart rate or rhythm that hasn’t been diagnosed.
•    A rapid heart rate that comes and goes, even if you’re at rest.
•    If you’ve previously fainted for an unknown reason.
•    A low ejection fraction. This is how much blood is pumped by your ventricles with each heart beat.

The charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young also recommend having an electrocardiogram (ECG) and an echocardiogram to diagnose any heart abnormalities, especially if you’re at risk. If you’re unsure if any of these risks apply to you, speak to your doctor for more advice.

Is there anything I can do?
Knowing the signs of someone having a cardiac arrest can be a lifesaver. If you have a cardiac arrest, you lose consciousness almost at once and there are no signs of movement or breathing. If you witness a cardiac arrest it’s important to take immediate action and follow these steps.
•    Call the emergency services.
•    Start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) . This means chest compressions and rescue breathing.
•    Use an AED if one is available.

How can I prevent a cardiac arrest?

Although there’s no one thing that can prevent cardiac arrest. Living a heart healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of exercise, eating a healthy balanced diet and not smoking can all help to reduce your risk.

Further info
British Heart Foundation
0300 330 3322
Cardiac Risk in the Young
01737 363222

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Produced by Dylan Merkett, Bupa Health Information Team, February 2013

Legal Requirements of First Aid in Alberta

Many employers are not familiar with their legal responsibilities under Alberta legislation.  Often employees do not understand their rights should they suffer an acute or chronic incident that requires first aid. These Acts and parts of Alberta legislation provide a good summary of legislation for your perusal:




Alberta legislation outlines the requirements of relevant sections for worksite first aiders. Those that are responsible for providing first aid services at a worksite must understand their legal requirements. READ MORE