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mouthYour teachers, your employers, your parents, non-profit and government agencies – we’re all invested in your safety. We teach you about your rights and responsibilities, the proper use of safety equipment, common risks and hazards, and how to look for hazards in your workplace. We repeat over and over again how important it is to take your own safety seriously. All of these things are important, but at the end of the day the most important thing we can do is to encourage you to think and talk about safety yourselves. You need to actively participate in the conversation about your own safety, by talking to your peers, your parents, your teachers and your employers.

A vital part of our mandate is to encourage you to participate in and drive the conversation about your workplace health and safety. We are doing this in a number of ways.

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Student Contests

We are currently running three contests aimed at getting YOU talking about safety. You are invited to make a video or write a short essay describing a workplace safety incident you have been involved in, witnessed or affected by. Participating in either the video or the essay contest gives you the chance to win up to $1500! You get to drive the conversation AND you can win money? What’s not to love about that?!

If writing essays and shooting videos is not your thing, you can still participate by engaging with us on social media. Use the hashtag #SISOuch to share an experience, a lesson, a slogan or anything else relating to your workplace health and safety and you’ll be entered into a draw to win an iPad Mini.

Learn more about these contests by visiting www.safetyinschools.ca/contests.

 

In-School Visits

Throughout 2014 and 2015, we partnered up with Candace Carnahan to tell her story in various schools across the province. She spoke with students in large and small groups, in classrooms, gymnasiums, libraries, theatres and lecture halls. Going forward, we plan to continue providing more in-school engagement with survivors of workplace injuries.

Giving you the opportunity to see and hear a real person sharing their own stories and ask them questions is invaluable. We can tell you all the statistics we want about workplace injuries and fatalities – that more than 4,000 young people are injured every year in Alberta, or that an average 7 are killed – but putting a face and personality behind those numbers makes it real. Every one of those numbers represents a real person with people who love them, dreams for their future, and a unique place in the world. Each one of our safety ambassadors is one of those people, and each one of them has a unique story to share with you.

Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way

LifeLessons.jpgLife Lessons – Learning the Hard Way is an online course that we custom created for our Safety in Schools audience. The course features filmed interviews with our safety ambassadors, who have experienced the trauma of a workplace injury, and one of whom lost his son to a preventable workplace fatality.

By offering this course online, we are able to ensure that all students have access to these stories and give you the opportunity to engage with these stories in a meaningful way. In the course, you will be guided through an analysis of what went wrong leading up to each incident, and what lessons the participants unfortunately learned the hard way. They agreed to be part of this project for one simple reason – they don’t want YOU to learn the hard way too.

Learn more about Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way.