Frequently Asked Questions


What course do I need to take?

If you are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) at work someone at your work is required to take either a Standard First Aid or an Emergency First Aid course. There are many factors that come into play when deciding which course is required. For more information go to FAQ on the  WSIB site.

Is CPR and First Aid the same thing?

No. CPR can be taught on it’s own. First Aid always has CPR included. You can not take a First Aid Course without CPR.

Can I be sued for doing CPR or First aid?

No. In Ontario the Good Samaritan Law makes it difficult to successfully sue if, a first aider has used reasonable actions when  providing first aid.

Do I have to give breathes when I am doing CPR?

No.  If no barrier device is available or if a first aider is doesn’t want to do mouth to mouth for any reason just do compression only CPR, completing 100 compressions/minute.  When a first aider is comfortable doing mouth to mouth breathes or has a barrier device such as a face shield or pocket mask it is recommended to do 30 compressions and 2 breathes.

What is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator is a safe and effective machine that decides if a person in cardiac arrest (unresponsive & not breathing) requires a defibrillation shock.  The AED. will only charge if it reads a heart rhythm that is shockable.

Who can use an AED?

Anyone. You do not require training. As long as you know where an AED (automated external defibrillator) is located you can take the AED from the cabinet and bring it to any person any age that is unresponsive and not breathing. First turn the AED ON and then follow the verbal directions until a trained responder assists you.

How long does the certification last for?

WSIB will recognize your certification for three (3) years.

After my First Aid Certificate expires can I still help someone?

Yes. Regardless if you have first aid training or not please help someone even if you are calling 911. Expiry dates on first aid certificates are used to ensure your employer is WSIB compliant. You should use them as a reminder that it’s time to renew your will training so you be more confident & comfortable when you practice first aid[

What supplies need to be in my workplace first aid kit?

WSIB sets the minimum standards for workplace first aid kits and rooms. How many employees do you have on any one shift?

1-5 employees                  6-15 employees                                16-199 employees                            200 or more employees