Unknown to many business owners in Canada, it is necessary to have employees who own a legitimate CPR certificate in order to avoid fines and government-ordered business closure. These employees are the ones who will be responsible for saving the lives of employees who have sustained workplace-related injuries and medical conditions. Considering that some industries are deadlier or are more prone to accidents than others, the government requires certain types of businesses to have more than one CPR and first aid certified employees. Here are some of the guidelines when it comes to the number of certified employees that certain businesses need to have.
Considering that the construction industry has the highest number of workplace fatality and injuries or accidents not just in Canada but in other countries as well, it is not really a surprise that the ratio of first aid certified employees and regular employees are very close. According to the manual that was released by St Mark James for 2008, construction firms in Quebec should have at least one certified employee for every fifty employees. If they have 51-150 employees, they should have at least two first aid and CPR certified employees. If they have more than 150 employees, they should have more than two certified employees in which they should have one additional certified employee for every increment of five employees beyond then 150-mark.
According to several news outlets such as the Vancouver Sun, workplace fatality in the forestry industry is a growing problem in Canada. This is why the ratio of certified and non-certified employees are also close for businesses who belong in this industry. According to the same manual that was released by St Mark James for 2008, at least one in every five employees in this industry should have a first aid and CPR certificate. For businesses who have less than 10 employees, they should have two certified ones. For those who have more than 11 employees, they should have two certified employees in which they should have one additional certified employee for every increment of five employees beyond the 11-mark which is the same as the mandated number of certified employees for business in the construction industry.
Having the right number of certified employees is not the only thing that they should keep in mind. They should also invest in training courses or programs that are really worth their money and time to ensure that these CPR certificates can actually save lives.[youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXegagOu7S4″ width=”220″]