New Partner: First Aid Canada

Beverly Written by Beverly Leavitt January 29, 2024 Member Benefits

An AED machine.

You know we put safety first here at CEDA. And while we always hope for the best, we know to prepare for the worst. 

Having the proper equipment and training in the case of an emergency can help you feel equipped to deal with the situation and drastically increase the success of your efforts. 

That’s why we’ve partnered with First Aid Canada. 

Life-Saving Products at a Discount 

First Aid Canada offers products like defibrillators, naloxone kits, and first aid kits, which can help increase survival rates, especially where emergency response may be slower. 

Some members have requested defibrillators. To help reduce the cost, First Aid Canada is offering preferred pricing to CEDA members. 

View First Aid Canada’s products and place your orders through Suzanne.

Did you know that employers in Ontario with 16-199 employees are required to have two blankets, a first aid kit, and a stretcher? Find your requirements by province

Why Have a Defibrillator at Your Dealership?

"Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the second leading cause of death in Canada, taking more lives than motor vehicle accidents, diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer combined.

The victim’s chances of surviving the experience improve dramatically if there’s a first aid device capable of restarting the heart called an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the site.” 

Consider these numbers:

• 5%: the general odds of surviving SCA outside a hospital setting

• 40%: the odds of survival when SCA occurs at a site where there is easy access to an AED

• 60%: the odds of survival when an AED is used in the first 3-4 minutes of SCA

• 8 minutes: average response time for an ambulance to arrive on scene in a city

• 25 minutes: average response time for an ambulance to arrive on scene in a rural area

Stats provided by Heart & Stroke. 

That’s a huge difference! Having an AED in your dealership could be the difference between life and death for an employee or customer. 

What Steps Are Needed to Have an AED?

  1. Assess your need
    • How strenuous is your work? The more strenuous, the higher the risk
    • How many people are in your workplace, and are many over the age of 40? 
    • How far are you from the nearest hospital or ambulance dispatch?
  2. Assess the size of your dealership
    • The number of AEDs you’ll need is calculated by how many minutes it will take you to reach one. You need to get to the defibrillator within 3 minutes
  3. Select the right AED (First Aid Canada can help with this or view this FAQ)
    • The machines range between $1500 - $2000 
    • AED pads range from $50 - $200 per set and have to be replaced every 2 - 5 years
    • Batteries cost between $125 - $350 and have to be replaced every 2 - 5 years
    • A bracket is approximately $100, and a cabinet is approximately $350 
    • Signs marking the AED unit, which are typically $50 
  4. Designate trained people on-site 
  5. Register your AED with the public registry (except Newfoundland) 
  6. Maintain your unit following manufacturer instructions 
  7. In case of emergency
    • Call 911
    • Start CPR and use the AED
    • Emergency personnel will take the unit with them to download a report 
    • You will be required to fill in an incident report the same as any other serious workplace injury, including:
      • The date, time and place of the incident
      • Whether first responders were called and if they arrived
      • A description of other first aid and response measures provided, such as CPR
      • How many shocks were administered
      • The outcome—whether the victim survived, etc.

How are Staff Trained? 

First Aid Canada offers private, in-person training and will come to your dealership to deliver the course. This service is offered throughout Canada. 

Depending on the province you’re located in, you can opt into additional first aid training. 

Because the training is custom to your dealership, you can break up the sessions, so your staff aren’t all pulled off the floor at once. For your convenience, some classes can be blended between online and in-person. 

What Liability Do I Take On? 

Most provinces have a “Good Samaritan Act” or something similar.

In essence, it protects “an individual, other than a health care professional described in clause (a), who provides emergency first aid assistance to a person who is ill, injured or unconscious as a result of an accident or other emergency, if the individual provides the assistance at the immediate scene of the accident or emergency.”

Keep your Staff Safe 

We know you care about your staff and your customers deeply. Help keep them (and yourself) safe by having the proper equipment on-site. 

To learn more, reach out to Suzanne