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Serious About Safety


Our blog discussing workplace safety opportunities in Nova Scotia.

Advancing Workplace Safety Education

Over 250 students and teachers took part in workplace safety presentations and workshops in the first quarter of 2015. 

The presentations included health and safety resource workshops for Skilled Trades teachers, and students and teachers in grade 10-12 Co-Op and Options and Opportunities.

These workshops are just some of the actions taking place in 2015 to further educate Nova Scotians on workplace health and safety. Others included; 

• Reviewing and updating the Safe@MyJob safety quiz and certificate, including an expansion of content and the option for paper and/or CD copy for students without access to the Internet; 
• Working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to design a new WHMIS 2015 online learning tool for teachers delivering grade 10-12 chemistry; and 
• Making sure all workplace health and safety initiatives for public school students and teachers align with EECD’s recently launched Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education: The 3 R’s, Renew, Refocus, Rebuild.

Learning and teaching about workplace health and safety is energized by collaboration and research. In early 2015, the WCB’s Research Committee approved support for research proposed by Dr. Swarna Weerasinghe, Dr. Judy Guernsey, and graduate student Laura Madden of Dalhousie University’s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. Beginning this summer, the researchers will explore and analyze the state of occupational health and safety of temporary foreign workers in our farming industry. 

The initiatives planned for 2015 will all make an impact to advance knowledge and awareness of workplace safety. Making that impact requires ongoing collaboration with organizations that are already working with Nova Scotian students. Recently, new working agreements were finalized with Junior Achievement Nova Scotia and Skills Canada Nova Scotia, both of which are career and youth-oriented organizations. Our work with JA and Skills NS will include increased workplace health and safety content in programs, and continuing support to events, boards and working groups. 

Learn more about how education and training is a priority for the Workplace Safety Strategy.  

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