Safety training on the horizon: American Heart Association Adult Lifesaver course is a top choice

AFTER MINER SAFETY TRAINING, one of the most well-attended and completed courses we offer at Safety Solutions & Supply is the one with the longest title: American Heart Association (AHA) Adult Lifesaver (BBP, CPR, First Aid & AED). In a brief preview of our February course offerings and schedule, the Adult Lifesaver course is coming up three times — twice at our training facility in Gonzales, La., and once at our center in Mulberry, Fla.

The Adult Lifesaver course is an excellent one for people from all walks of life and professions, not just those in construction, mining, manufacturing, and other industries. Perhaps that’s why the course is so well attended; folks from all around the communities we serve are signing up with us. In addition, the course is compact — taking only four hours to attend and complete — the cost is a very reasonable $66 per student, and it’s officially accredited and certified by the well-respected American Heart Association.

Breaking down the course title, BBP is short for blood-borne pathogen; the familiar CPR is short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and AED is short for automated external defibrillator, the heart jump-starter.

During each comprehensive course presentation, an AHA-certified instructor will train students in first aid, CPR, and AED use — all critical elements of adult lifesaving. The instructor teaches would-be rescuers to effectively recognize and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes until emergency medical service personnel arrive. The course format includes video-based instruction, group discussion, and practical hands-on practice. The course covers:

  • How to recognize and appropriately respond to medical emergencies.
  • The specific steps for treating injuries.
  • CPR and AED training for cardiac emergencies.
  • First aid for environmental emergencies, such as extreme heat or cold, bites, and stings.

Each Adult Lifesaver student will receive an American Heart Association certificate and card upon successful completion of classroom and practical examinations. Certification is valid for two years.

In addition to the AHA standards, the Adult Lifesaver training meets requirements established by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The OSHA standard (OSHA: 1910.151a) requires employers to ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation on matters of worker and plant health and safety. In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in close proximity to the workplace, at least one person based at the workplace must be trained to render first aid. In addition, adequate first aid supplies must be readily available at the workplace (OSHA: 1910.151b).

The Adult Lifesaver course is set for Feb. 9 and 27 in Gonzales and Feb. 24 in Mulberry. The three training sessions are among 26 that start in February at our two state-of-the-art training facilities. The list of safety courses is long and the subject matter is broad, covering MSHA New Miner Training, Confined Space Entry Training, OSHA 30 General Industry, Qualified Rigger Training, Trenching & Excavation Training, Straight Mast Forklift Training, and much more.

For details about all the February training opportunities offered by Safety Solutions & Supply, and to register for one or more courses, visit