Weekly Review: March 13th-26th

“Just wanted to say Lisa Donnelly, the trainer for today’s first aid session, was excellent.
I’ve done many first aid classes as I’ve worked at hospitals, nursing homes and shelters as a P.SW … and I have to say Lisa didn’t make it a sit-and-listen usual first aid class. It was instead very interactive, and she promoted dialoge with us.
Just wanted to share that.”
—Sherri W.


ICYMI, Dr. Chriss Schell is an optometrist located in Barrie, Ontario. He and his team raised over $400.00 for the Chase McEachern Memorial Fund as part of February Heart Month! Thank you to all who donated!

For more about the CMMF, click here!


Did you know that falls are a leading cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces? 

“From May 16 to July 15, 2016, Ministry of Labour inspectors visited construction, industrial, and mining workplaces across Ontario where workers could be at risk of falls. They targeted workplaces known to have a high frequency of injuries involving falls, where complaints have been received and/or previous incidents have occurred, and where there was a history of non-compliance.

Inspectors checked that employers were taking appropriate action to assess and address falls hazards and protect workers’ safety. This included checking that employers were complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations.”

Does your workplace comply with the new Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations? Rescue 7 has all the information you could need for protecting you and your employees right here.

Recall that as of April 1, 2015, you are required to have training through a MOL approved training provider if you work on a construction project and use any of the following methods of fall protection:

  • Travel restraint systems
  • Fall restricting systems
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Safety nets
  • Work belts or safety belts

Click here to read the full report


CBC NEWS: Busy coffee shops and bank machines top list of ideal spots to place lifesaving devices

Do you work at and/or own a coffee shop or a bank? You should look into purchasing an AED of your own—it will save lives!

“Until now, physicians, governments and community efforts have focused on placing automated external defibrillators or AEDs in shopping malls or office buildings so bystanders are able to access the devices to help when someone’s heart malfunctions electrically and stops beating.

But previous Canadian research suggests about one in five cardiac arrests happened when a nearby defibrillator was in a location that was closed at the time, said Prof. Timothy Chan, director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering at the University of Toronto.” —CBC News


The community of Portneuf, Quebec has just begun their new campaign, “Stayin’ Alive!” (“Reste en vie!”) The Portneuf Health & Social Services has purchased 10 Rescue 7 AEDs, and the campaign aims to use these products to provide free first aid and AED training to the community in the coming weeks.

For more information about how to get involved (and get trained for FREE), click here [French]