First Aid Resource Center

Important Information on Coronavirus

The National Safety Council is committed to sharing relevant resources to help keep our instructors, members and the public informed about this rapidly developing situation. We are following directives from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local officials, as well as the U.S. Department of State.

Due to the current COVID 19 crisis, we are temporarily changing the policy regarding skills testing following the completion of the NSC First Aid, CPR and AED online course. Effective immediately, the deadline for completing skills testing has been temporarily extended from 45 days to 90 days. This policy change will be effective through June 30, 2020, and will be extended as needed. See all Interim CPR Guidelines here.

NSC also has implemented heightened health and safety measures for all employees and guests in all of our buildings. Instructors must ask all class participants to read and sign this form attesting they are feeling well, have not traveled to a Level 3 country and have not been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19. Please post this sign near the entrances to your building.

Welcome to the NSC First Aid Instructor Resource Center! The National Safety Council has a proven history of First Aid education and for decades we have helped organizations prepare their employees for emergency situations. Please see the below links to learn why NSC is the best choice in First Aid training. If you are interested in becoming an NSC instructor please click the link to the right.

For suggestions or questions about the First Aid Resource Center, email [email protected]

NSC First Aid, CPR and AED Programs Compliant with OSHA
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First aid training is primarily received through the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council (NSC), and private institutions. The American Red Cross and NSC offer standard and advanced first aid courses via their local chapter/training centers.

After completing the course and successfully passing the written and practical tests, trainees receive two certificates; (adult CPR and first aid). An emphasis on quick response to first aid situations is incorporated throughout the program. Other program elements include: basic first aid intervention, basic adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and universal precautions for self-protection. Specific program elements include training specific to the type of injury: shock, bleeding, poisoning, burns, temperature extremes, musculoskeletal injuries, bites and stings, medical emergencies, and confined spaces. Instruction in the principles and first aid intervention of injuries will cover the following sites: head and neck, eye, nose, mouth and teeth, chest, abdomen, and hand, finger, and foot injuries. Employers are responsible for the type, amount, and maintenance of first aid supplies needed for their particular program. The training program should be periodically reviewed with current first aid techniques and knowledge. Basic adult CPR retesting should occur every year and first aid skills and knowledge should be reviewed every three years. The references below provide further fundamentals to help develop and maintain first aid program and skills.

Z358.1-2004, Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment. American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Provides requirements for eyewash facilities.

ANSI Standard Z358.1-2004 - Emergency Eyewash & Shower Equipment. Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Division Standards Information Sheet Bulletin, (2004), 33 KB PDF, 2 pages. Includes a summary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements.

Recordkeeping. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page. Records of first aid and medical treatments should be maintained in accordance with OSHA’s recordkeeping standards.

OSHA Standard

Medical and first aid services are addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, long shoring, and the construction industry. This page highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to medical and first aid.

Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees”. Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to “comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act”.

Note: Twenty-four states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.

OSH Act Section 5(a)(1)

OSHA Online Course

Hands-on Skills Training Must Be Included. In a recent letter of interpretation, OSHA held that online First Aid and CPR courses must contain hands-on training to comply with OSHA requirements for such training.

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Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens

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OSHA Instruction CPL 2-2.53 Guidelines for First Aid Training

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First Aid and CPR Training (Mandatory) 1910.266 App B

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California EMSA Code of Regulations; Training Standards for Child Care Providers

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Course Approvals

Approved CPR and Advanced Cardiac Courses for the Office of Emergency Medical Services. NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers is on the approved list.

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NSC has been approved by the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing to provide adult, infant and child CPR and first aid training to childcare providers and caregivers

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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

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NSC CPR and AED Training is approved by the Mississippi Department of Health. See section 106.02 § 41-60-33

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Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE Program - Education Partner

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

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Re-licensure required every five years upon completion of continuing education and submission of the re-licensure form.

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NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED training has been approved through Oct. 31, 2019, by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.

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California EMSA-approved school bus driver training program for First Aid and CPR has been approved through Sept. 30, 2021. Providers may offer a blended course that includes online and in-person components to fulfill school bus drivers first aid and CPR training requirement. Because the didactic portion of online NSC First Aid, CPR & AED is identical to its classroom content, the online NSC course, followed by hands-on skills testing, is an EMSA-approved curriculum for school bus drivers.

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American Camping Association mentions NSC as an approved provider.

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The Boy Scouts of America added NSC as an approved training provider.

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Girl Scouts of America approved NSC First Aid, CPR & AED for Level 1 First Aider, and Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED and Emergency Medical Response for Level 2 First Aider.

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U.S. Coast Guard approved NSC First Aid, CPR & AED; NSC First Aid; NSC CPR & AED; NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED through June 30, 2020.

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Alberta, Canada, approved NSC First Aid, CPR & AED (Emergency First Aid) and NSC Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED (Standard First Aid).

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Nebraska licenses as out-of-hospital emergency medical providers Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. Individuals who hold an EMT intermediate level license may renew and reinstate only. Licenses also are given to Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Services and Emergency Medical Services Training Agencies.

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The following programs satisfy requirements as stated in Colorado Board of Health Rules 6-CCR-1015-3, Chapter 1- EMS Rules.

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NSC is an approved vendor by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood Division of Early Care and Learning. NSC First Aid, NSC CPR & AED, and NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens courses are included.

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Evidence of current CPR training is required by submitting a photocopy of a valid card issued by NSC, the American Heart Association, National Red Cross or any program approved by and filed with the Department of Health and Human Services. CPR will be granted 4 CEUs per renewal period.

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Office of Early Childhood - Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED

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Department of Public Health approved NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED for childcare providers.

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New Jersey

NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare and Professional Rescuers is approved by the New Jersey Department of Health.


Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services

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New Mexico

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Boards and Commissions Division approved NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare and Professional Rescuers for training/retraining dentists and dental hygienists.

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New Mexico EMS Bureau approved NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare and Professional Rescuers (4.5-hour course) to meet New Mexico EMS licensure requirements.

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Florida Agency of Persons with Disabilities approved NSC First Aid, CPR & AED; CPR & AED; and Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers. The agency also approved NSC web-based courses Bloodborne and Airborn Pathogens, and First Aid, CPR & AED (First Aid portion only; CPR & AED must be classroom-based).

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New York

NSC CPR Pro, Advanced First Aid and EMR are approved for children's camp staff and NY bathing facilities

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To be admitted to the state final practical skills exam, CFR, EMT and Advanced EMT students must pass CPR testing.

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Dentists must complete 60 contact hours of continuing education in each three-year registration period, and dental hygienists require 24 contact hours. New York State Board for Dentistry approved NSC CPR courses; see #17.

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The State Board for Podiatry approved NSC CPR & AED, and NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers. CPR & AED is approved for 2.75 credits; Basic Life Support is approved for 4.0 credits. Instructors who teach these classes for podiatrists must send the State Board a list of learners upon completion of either program. The applicable ID number contained in these approval letters must be included on the participants’ list.

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NSC is contracted by the Office of Children and Family Services to deliver a Pediatric and Adult CPR, AED and First Aid programs for regulated daycare providers.

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NSC is recognized in OSHA Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program.

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North Carolina

NSC Pediatric FA/CPR has been approved by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education.

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NSC training is approved from Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board Traditional Courses

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North Dakota

NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers is approved in North Dakota for the recertification of EMS providers when submitting their recertification to the National Registry of EMTs.


Former Gov. Pat Quinn signed Lauren’s Law, requiring all Illinois high schools to add CPR and AED training to their curriculum.

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The NSC CPR & AED program has been approved as being "established to train individuals as AED users which follow the course objectives of the AHA and ARC or other nationally recognized courses."


Pennsylvania Department of Health Approval recognizes NSC CPR programs for school nurses.

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NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers and NSC First Aid, CPR & AED are approved for pharmacists.

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NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers is approved for EMS providers.

Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System awarded NSC the status of Specialty Discipline Organization.

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Office of Child Development and Early Learning approved NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED course.

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Indiana Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensing & Development, lists NSC as an approved provider of CPR & AED training for Indiana teachers.

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Rhode Island

Application for license as an Emergency Medical Technician requires a signed Healthcare Provider level or equivalent cardiopulmonary resuscitation card. (American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer, American Safety and Health Institute CPRPRO, Medic First Aid BLSPRO or National Safety Council Professional Rescuer CPR).

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Iowa Department of Human Services approved the NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED program for childcare providers.

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South Carolina

Bloodborne Pathogens is approved by the South Carolina Division of Health Licensing for tattoo and body piercing artists. Below find standard first aid with CPR requirements for adults and children.

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NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED can be used to teach daycare providers.


Texas Department of State Health Services licenses and regulates massage therapists, massage therapy instructors, massage schools and massage establishments in Texas.

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NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens Online program approved for continuing education credits.

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Approved sources for childcare provider certification in first aid and infant/child CPR include NSC, American Heart Association, American Red Cross or the equivalent. CPR certification must include hands-on testing

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NSC is approved by the Utah Department of Health.

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Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, renewed its approval for NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED for employees in Class A and Class B Child Care Centers.

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Virginia Office of EMS requires certification in CPR as a prerequisite for enrollment in the EMT-Basic and EMS First Responder Programs (initial full certification courses). Courses accepted by the Virginia Office of EMS are found on the link below.

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NSC Pediatric First aid, CPR & AED is approved by the Department of Social Services.

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Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology approved NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens for use by tattoo and body-piercing artists.

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Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development-Office of Child Care

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West Virginia

Office of Emergency Medical Services includes NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers and NSC CPR & AED on its list of approved courses for EMS personnel.

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Office of Emergency Medical Services

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Pursuant to 105 CMR 435.23(1) all lifeguards shall hold the following certifications:
(a) current Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, or Royal Bronze Medallion, or Boy Scouts of America Lifeguard Certificate or National Y.M.C.A. Lifeguard Certificate or an equivalent certification, provided that no such alternative certification shall be deemed equivalent unless it shall contain all of the minimum requirements mandated or required by one or more of the foregoing certification programs; and
(b) a current American Red Cross CPR Certificate for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association CPR Certificate for the Health Care Provider, or National Safety Council CPR Training; and
(c) a Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificate, or a Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety Certificate (which certification may be evidenced by a notation on the back of any Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate), or National Safety Council First Aid Training, Level 2, or an equivalent certification, provided however, that no such alternative certification shall be deemed equivalent unless it shall contain all of the minimum requirements of one of the foregoing certification programs.

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NSC First Aid, CPR & AED continues to be on the approved courses list for the state of Wisconsin.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
NSC urges employers and workers to take action to help prevent possible transmission.

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Hilton is offering a discount on hotel rooms for first responders.

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Earn Extra Money
NSC is expanding its onsite training registry of instructors. As an adjunct first aid instructor, you can earn $30 per hour plus standard mileage. Bilingual is a plus.

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NSC First Aid Adaptive Online Training

Participants take a self-assessment before they start to determine which areas they already have knowledge and where they need to learn more. The courses are then adapted for each individual. Benefits include up to 50% reduction in learning time, increased engagement, cost savings (less time studying means less time away from the job), convenient online format.

NSC First Aid CPR & AED Online Adaptive Course

For emergency response teams, safety personnel, supervisors, individuals requiring certification, general public.

  • Recognize a medical emergency
  • Handle breathing and cardiac emergencies
  • Sustain life until professional help arrives

For an OSHA-compliant completion card, students must complete skills testing by an authorized tester. Additional fee may apply.

NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens Online Adaptive Course

For health care professionals, lab technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, fire, police, ambulance, EMS and others.

  • Learn about bloodborne and airborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and TB
  • Learn proven steps to reduce exposure risks and prevent infection
  • Be able to take action if an exposure occurs

Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a course completion card, printed at the end of the course.

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CenterPoint Energy Raises a Flag for Safety
CenterPoint Energy's CPR Certified flag program takes the idea of posting an emergency-ready personnel seating chart to another level. Employees who are certified in first aid and CPR can display a "CPR Certified" flag at their workstations, which communicates to coworkers they can be called on to help in an emergency. The program makes first aid, CPR and AED certification more identifiable in the workplace.

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AED Legislation Tidbits

We closely follow state legislation relating to public access AED programs. From time-to-time, we highlight interesting bills making their way through the sausage factory. Keep in mind the changes described below will apply only if these bills are passed and become law. For now, they are proposed changes.

Tennessee school AED placement requirement: Pending legislation in Tennessee would require the placement of AEDs in all public schools. The bill would also require that students receive CPR/AED instruction and conduct sudden cardiac arrest drills. The bill has passed both houses and is awaiting the governor's signature. Tennessee SB 1135.

Georgia AED law changes: Pending legislation in Georgia would remove certain training, agency notification and reporting requirements applicable primarily to first responder AED programs. Remaining provisions appear to conflict with some of the requirements applicable to volunteer bystander AED programs. The bill doesn't fix these conflicts so some confusion will remain if the it passes (as they do now). Georgia HB 264.

Colorado AED placement encouragement and school donation requirement: Pending legislation in Colorado would encourage public places capable of accommodating 100 or more people to deploy AEDs and would require public schools to accept AED donations. An earlier version of the bill would have removed the state's burdensome and unhelpful AED program requirements and dramatically strengthened immunity protections for everyone involved in Colorado AED programs. Those changes have been removed in the current version. If the bill passes in its current form, AED program burdens will remain high and legal protections will remain quite limited. Colorado HB 19-1183.

Individuals with Disabilities
We do not specify the types of individuals who can attend our first aid courses. First aid instructors are aware of the physical demands of our courses, and if prospective students have questions about the physical requirements, the instructor should be able to answer them. Individuals with physical disabilities or limitations are welcome in NSC courses, and reasonable accommodations should be made by the instructor, as stated in the instructor manual. However, students must be able to perform all required skills in order to successfully complete the course and earn a completion card.
Need to Place AEDs Where Kids Learn and Play? GotAED Can Help!
We all know the benefits of having AEDs in public places, especially in schools, and sports and recreation facilities. However, funding for such initiatives can often be a challenge. And while budgeting for AEDs and applying for grants from government agencies and charities are common sources of funding, availability of funding is often limited. Enter GotAED, a project inspired by Simon’s Fund. GotAED is a crowdfunding site dedicated to getting AED devices into places where kids learn and play. This site will empower and enable any person or group to launch a campaign, raise $1,100 and get an AED device. If your school or sports program is interested in initiating a campaign to raise money for AED placement, GotAED may be an effective way to realize that goal.

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The Kiss of Life
“The Kiss of Life” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo featuring an important message: You never know when CPR training will come in handy.

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Time to Prepare for Spring Activities – with AEDs
It is time to start preparing for spring activities, and that means AEDs. Last year, GotAED, a crowdfunding site dedicated to placing AED devices where kids learn and play, saw 32 campaigns fully funded from 17 states. GotAED wants to double that number in 2019, and you can help. What can we do together for Heart Month? Do you know anyone who wants an AED and does not have funding for one? Contact Samantha at (267) 643-1400 or email [email protected] for more information.

FDA Extends Use Dates for EpiPen
Due to supply interruptions, the FDA has announced some EpiPens and their generic counterparts may be used beyond the manufacturer’s expiration date.

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NSC Statement on Real-time Feedback Device Requirements
Current research indicates that the use of instrumented directive feedback devices and manikins can improve the overall quality of CPR performance. While the National Safety Council supports the use of such devices in CPR training whenever possible, there are no plans to require the use of such devices in NSC courses at this time.

Introducing the FREE NSC Emergency Medical Response App
The NSC Emergency Medical Response Quick Reference Guide is a vital reference tool. NSC is excited to offer a portable digital version of the guide. It contains the same need-to-know content as the traditional guide, but in a convenient, always with you, electronic format. It’s FREE and can help you save a life. The app is now available from the App Store and Google Pay. Launch Google Play or the App Store and search on “National Safety Council” to find and install the app.

Zika Virus Information
Comprehensive information on Zika virus provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Use of Naloxone (Narcan) for Overdoses
Due to the recent rise in heroin overdoses, Nalaxone, also known as Narcan, can now be purchased over the counter without a prescription. It can be administered via nasal spray. This topic is not included in the new First Aid Guidelines.

The ILCOR First Aid Task Force did not identify the administration of naloxone as a first aid measure to be evaluated. Evidence reviews for 22 active first aid questions and reviews (and subsequent treatment recommendations) had to have been completed by the end of January 2015 to be included in the 2015 Guidelines.

At a recent First Aid Task Force meeting in Chicago, we learned that evidence on this topic is being reviewed by the Advanced Life Support Task Force. This Task Force will be making a treatment recommendation based on this evidence in 2015.

Curriculum and Program Changes
In addition to the curriculum changes to the programs, we updated the design and layout to better suit our instructors' needs. We are excited about the changes and know you will be too.

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Be Safe, from the Workplace to Anyplace

NSC has unveiled a new brand and re-commitment to our mission as America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate.

We remain committed to eliminating the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. And as the risks around us change, we will continue to do whatever it takes to create a culture of safety in every workplace across the country. That’s why we’ve been hard at work to adjust to this changed work environment. By redesigning courses as virtual classroom offerings, we are working to address the safety needs of the nation’s workforce now and in the future.

We aim to not only make people safer at work, but also to make people safer beyond the workplace. We do what we do because we know the cost of doing nothing.

NSC is here for you. Today, tomorrow, always.

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