Ready to Respond?

February 25th 2020
By: Carrie Whitfield

Monday morning. If you happened to have read my blog on Mondays, you know how this day could go.

You’ve walked into your office building and a coworker faints in the lobby right in front of you. Confirmed, it’s Monday. What do you do?

You know where the first aid kit is, you know the local emergency numbers and you have the training you need to protect yourself while providing aid. You check the scene, it’s safe. You get down to business with no hesitation.

Those statements may be the way things work out for you. If they are, you are likely one of the “first responders” in your building, the willing…and ready.

Or, you might be one of the folks that hesitate to help. There are many reasons why people hesitate to help others in need and it rarely boils down to ethics or even morals. Will I get a disease? Will I hurt them? Will I get sued? These are valid concerns.

The goal of National Safety Council First Aid, CPR & AED training is to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to answer those questions and be confident that you are making the right decisions for yourself and those you wish to help.

In the United States, Good Sam (Good Samaritan) laws will protect you in all 50 states. Good Sam laws do vary from state to state. Did you know that many states require you to hold a certification from an accredited training organization and require you to follow that training in order to legally protect yourself while rendering aid?

Even if the only role you play is calling for help during an emergency, it’s a critical role and there are many lifesaving facts you will learn when attending a First Aid/CPR/AED course that could help you save lives. Click here to learn more about Alaska’s civil liability statutes for rendering
aid and using an AED. (Sec. 09.65.090 and Sec. 09.65.087)

The thing about emergencies is you never know when you’ll need to respond, but if you stay current on your training, you’ll always know you’ve got the skills to do so.

Alaska Safety Alliance now offers National Safety Council First Aid, CPR & AED courses.


Sign up for the National Safety Council First Aid, CPR & AED courses with Alaska Safety Alliance (ASA) visit login.alaskasafetyalliance.org


Questions? Please see our website at AlaskaSafetyAlliance.org or call us at 907-770-5250 to learn more.

About Carrie Whitfield

Carrie Whitfield joins ASA with 12 years of experience supporting Alaska’s oil and gas industry, both on and off the North Slope. Since 2009, she has specialized in construction and operations health, safety and environmental training development and delivery, as well as compliance-database administration and project-turnover coordination. Carrie holds a Construction Health and Safety Technologist (CHST) certification and other training certifications. Prior North Slope experience includes field safety on Point Thomson, Skid 50, various pipeline-renewal projects and construction-turnover coordination.

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