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About ASHI

About ASHI  American Safety and Health Institute

American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)


ASHI Fact Sheet PDF


ASHI is a leading provider of basic and advanced emergency care and resuscitation training programs. ASHI training programs have been used to teach and certify emergency care providers in health care, business, industry, and the general public since 1996.

A wide variety of organizations have been approved as ASHI Training Centers, including: local emergency medical service, fire/rescue and law enforcement agencies, hospitals, universities, community colleges, municipal, state, and federal governments as well as public and private corporations and training companies.

ASHI’s training programs are nationally recognized and are endorsed, accepted, approved, or meet the requirements of most state regulatory agencies and occupational licensing boards, including those licensing Emergency Medical Service providers, physicians, pharmacists, dental health professionals, child care providers, law enforcement officers, school teachers, and many others.

ASHI’s resuscitation programs for basic and advanced life support conform to national standards and are based on the same scientific guidelines and treatment recommendations used by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Red Cross (ARC) for course development. ASHI professional resuscitation programs meet the requirements of the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services.

Nearly 2000 state and federal government agencies currently use ASHI (or MEDIC First Aid) training programs to train their employees, including the United States Coast Guard, Veterans Administration, Department of Agriculture, Air Force, Army Corps of Engineers, Army National Guard, U.S. Marshals Service, Administration Office of the U.S. Courts, Forest Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Bureau of Land Management, Customs and Border Protection, and the Internal Revenue Service.

What is the difference between American Safety and Health Institute, American Heart Association and American Red Cross CPR?

 The core curriculum in all CPR programs are the same.  The American Heart Association (AHA) provides changes to the CPR guidelines about every 5 years based upon scientific research conducted both nationally and internationally. The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) implements those very recommendations and guidelines, as do other CPR training programs like the American Red Cross (ARC).  This evidence based standard in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), ensures a universal protocol for delivering effective CPR.  The American Safety and Health Institute and American Heart Association both offer a CPR certification that is valid for 2 years.

The Bottom Line

Richmond Training Concepts recommends an American Safety and Health Institute CPR classes because it is typically more cost effective for the majority of individuals and organizations. Healthcare providers and their respective organizations usually require CPR from the American Heart Association.

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