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April Dig Safe Month

April is designated National Dig Safe Month across Canada. Each year, during April, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA), Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), other provincial CGAs and their members raise awareness about damage prevention and promote safe digging practices. Dig Safe Month coincides with the unofficial start of the spring digging season and this
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Fatigue is Impairment

Today is World Sleep Day! What better opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of being well-rested and well-fed? Feeling tired is something that we tend to accept as normal and don’t think a whole lot about unless it is extreme, but the truth is that insufficient sleep, over-exertion and other forms of fatigue can
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I Can Dig Safe

Our friends at the Canadian Common Ground Alliance have made incredible progress over the past year in pushing new legislation forward that supports increased registration of underground infrastructure and requires persons undertaking ground disturbance to make a locate request before digging. There have been a lot of projects, initiatives and campaigns over the last year
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Steps for Life 2018

Each year, the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life, hosts their flagship fundraiser Steps for Life. This unique Canadian charity supports the healing journey of families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life-altering injury, or occupational disease. Threads of Life currently supports more than 2,000 family members across
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Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple fatalities in Alberta resulting from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning  in vehicles. Each of these tragedies have left families, friends and communities to cope with unimaginable grief. The one positive that we can take from these events is the opportunity to educate ourselves and others about the
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2016 DIRT Report

Ground Disturbance is an important aspect of workplace safety that is gaining more attention all the time. Recently, we published a new course called “The Hole You Dig: Ground Disturbance Gone Wrong” to help students understand the importance of digging safely and avoiding causing damage to underground facilitites. The Western Canada DIRT Report can add
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NEW: Introduction to Automotive Shop Safety

Earlier this year, we partnered up with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) to design and deliver a new course focused on new workers entering the automotive industry. This course is now available to all Safety in Schools users, as well as AMTA members. Introduction to Automotive Shop Safety  provides students with an overview of
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NEW: The Hole You Dig – Ground Disturbance Gone Wrong

What does it mean for you, your coworkers and the community surrounding you when you damage an underground utility? What activities are you doing that could result in damaged to facilities under the ground that you may not have known were there? What can you do to reduce your chances of damaging an underground facility
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Air Quality and Your Health

*NOTE: Alberta Health Services has issued a Precautionary Air Quality Advisory for the Central Zone (July 10, 2017).* Air quality is an important factor in our daily health. Most of us enjoy very high air quality in our day to day lives, and we are fortunate that it is rare even in our largest urban
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Shop Teachers: You Asked, We Listened!

Over the years, we have heard requests from various shop teachers for more courses that are relevant to the skills they are teaching in their shops. We are proud to announce that we have answered these requests! Heavy Machinery – It Always Wins In May of 2017, we published our newest course, Heavy Machinery – It
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