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Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA)

ABCGA-logoIn January 2015, we officially became a member of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA). The ABCGA is an open membership organization dedicated to improving worker safety, public safety, community safety, protection of the environment and preservation of the integrity of the infrastructure that provides goods and services that are essential to today’s society by identifying, validating and promoting the adoption of effective ground disturbance and damage prevention practices.

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Threads of Life

Threads

The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (known as Threads of Life) is a national registered Canadian charity dedicated to supporting families along their journey of healing who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering illness or occupational disease. Our network of family members and corporate partners believe traumatic workplace injuries, occupational diseases and deaths are preventable.

Through community action such as the Steps for Life walks, and participation in the Speakers Bureau, Threads of Life can effect a change in attitudes and behaviours where injuries are no longer considered to be “just the cost of doing business.”  Threads of Life volunteers strive for safer workplaces for Canadian families and to support those who have lost loved ones to workplace fatalities. Threads of Life was the first organization in the world to offer a peer support program to family members who are living in the aftermath of a workplace tragedy. Peer support is provided by trained  volunteers (Volunteer Family Guides) who have also experienced their own workplace tragedy.

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Heads Up Alberta

Heads UP

Heads Up Alberta is a program supported by the Worker’s Compensation Board of Alberta, which promotes safe work practices and attitudes among Alberta youth by providing schools and workplaces with safety messaging and resources. Heads Up AB also runs contests throughout the year to engage young people in the conversation about safety. Check out their Resources page for downloadable posters, or contact WCB Alberta Corporate Communications to order materials.

Heads Up Ab also hosts a YouTube channel, offering up a variety of workplace safety videos aimed at young workers. The videos are produced with young workers, for young workers.

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Ag for Life

AgforlifeAg for Life is a not for profit organization dedicated to building a greater understanding and appreciation of agriculture and its fundamental connection to life. Through close collaboration with other not for profits such as Safety in Schools, community leaders and government, Ag for Life develops, expands and offers hands-on educational programming to children, youth and adults with the goal of closing the knowledge gap between rural and urban populations, strengthening the agriculture sector so that it is sustainable over the long term, greatly reducing the number of farm fatalities and injuries and elevating the fundamental importance of having a strong and sustainable food producing community.

We are currently working with Ag for Life in conjunction with other partners (ABCGA and Alberta One Call) to produce and disseminate educational resources teaching children and youth about the importance of safe digging practices and the dangers that buried utilities present, particularly to farm workers and families.

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Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA)

Established in 1999, the Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to support and educate Alberta’s hospitality industry in the development of effective health & safety programs. AHSA provides training and other resources designed to assist hospitality industry employers to build systems appropriate to the hazards of their work environments.

Safety in Schools has been working closely with AHSA to bring the Youth Safety Education Day initiative to Alberta.

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Service and Hospitality Safety Association (SHSA) of Saskatchewan

The Service and Hospitality Safety Association (SHSA) is a non-profit organization funded by 4,100 employers in community services, hotels & restaurants in Saskatchewan.  The SHSA provides evaluation, consultation and training to help employers in the represented industries improve their safety management systems.  In addition, the SHSA works to proactively influence future workers (youth, immigrants, first nations, partners with abilities) to help drive safety cultural change in Saskatchewan.

In early 2012, the SHSA began laying the foundation towards a youth safety initiative.  Working with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, the SHSA had September 10th proclaimed Youth Safety Education Day in Saskatchewan.  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the very real dangers in the workplace facing young workers as well as the rights and responsibilities that workers possess.

The SHSA continues to raise awareness of workplace hazards for youth throughout Saskatchewan through Youth Safety Education Day as well as high school safety courses provided by Safety In Schools and classroom presentations.  Partnerships with other safety organizations, like Safety In Schools, and educators are essential to continue to raise the profile.

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Women Building Futures

womenbuildingWomen Building Futures is a leader in trades training for women, with extensive experience recruiting women into the heavy industrial workforce at a consistent employment placement rate of 90 per cent. WBF is valued for its uncompromising approach to meeting the needs of women and industry by recruiting the right people and providing them with the right training. WBF’s areas of expertise include:

  • Workforce Attraction: positioning construction as a first-choice career option for women; and positioning women as a viable source of quality skilled workers for Alberta’s construction sector
  • Assessment and Essential Skills Training: helping women make an informed career decision about a career in trades and address gaps in essential skills
  • Workforce Training: preparing women for success through skills training, safety certification, Workplace Culture Awareness©, fitness and academic upgrading
  • Workforce Coaching: coaching is available to all WBF students and alumni to support training retention and long term employment success
  • Job Retention: job search and retention support is available to all WBF students and alumni to assist with securing and retaining apprenticeships and employment.

Women Building Futures promotes a philosophy that safety is first and foremost when carrying out their work.

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PSAC Community Partners

CPartnersThe Petroleum Services Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. PSAC represents a diverse range of almost 250 member companies, employing more than 75,000 people and contracting almost exclusively to oil and gas exploration and production companies.

PSAC, along with industry and government partners, has developed a Community Partners program. This industry-wide program focuses on local concerns related to oil and gas activity – dust, gates, garbage, noise and driving. The purpose of the program is to remind oil and gas workers and contractors to treat area residents and property with respect.

Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) grows the revenues of its members by creating a collaborative edge — a chain of expanding value that ripples across Canada’s Innovators, Commercializers, Users, and Professionals.

The largest high-tech association in Canada, CATAAlliance matches businesses with opportunities across almost every sector, so that we can all do business together. Reaching out from Canada, CATAAlliance members are connected with investment and partnership opportunities with the major global companies. As 80% are exporters, CATA’s members are the arrow-head for global growth.

Through its “Innovation Nation” advocacy program, CEOs come together to catalyze the development of the Canadian business environment. CATA is the foundation for commercialization, market research, networking, events, access to other associations, and professional development, across the nation.”

Canadian Women in Technology

Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) is a national volunteer organization that encourages young women to consider a career in a technology field and helps accelerate the careers of women already in the field. We provide knowledge and support through various programs, that include our mentorship initiatives, networking events, professional development and advocacy. CanWIT offers both national and local events to promote networking and education among women in technology.

Solar Biocells

solarbioSolar Biocells is a  group formed by scientists, students and education researchers who have developed an affordable solution for the generation of climate neutral fuels. They are developing a fun, hands-on educational package about solar biocells that combines experiential learning, online learning and collaboration with other students from different schools.

The educational package will allow students to extract CO2 from the atmosphere and grow algal biomass while learning about climate change and potential mitigation mechanisms. The educational package will include an online safety course (hosted by Safety in Schools) and a complete module for the capture of CO2 and all the required materials and solutions for the growth of algal biomass. Learn More.