The American Red Cross recently launched a new health and safety training initiative, featuring a two-year certification for first aid and CPR.

The first program in the series, First Aid/CPR/AED, prepares participants to respond to breathing problems, cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until medical personal arrives.

Training is available via classroom, online or blended learning options.

Organizations also may have their employees instructed onsite, at a Red Cross chapter or through a train-the-trainer model. There is a standardized nationwide option available as well.

Additional programs will be introduced throughout 2011, such as CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers, Emergency Medical Response and Lifeguarding.