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SWIFT Library

We have a SWIFT library of 16 BC aligned courses available to teachers and students in BC.

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Safety in Schools Custom Library

BC students may also wish to access our Safety in Schools Custom Library.

These courses have been designed and developed in house by your Safety in Schools team to provide students with a more personal look at why workplace safety is so important for them to learn and pay attention to. Each of these courses uses case studies of real life injuries and fatalities to drive home the message that these things happen to real people.

In each case study, students look at the impact to the individual, their loved ones, their coworkers and their employers. They also look at the chain of events leading up to each incident and where things could have been done differently to avoid the tragic outcome.

Some of these courses are available publicly on our Resource Portal, while others have been made available to our registered users alongside their SWIFT Learning library.

Click on the course name to view the course description.

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SWIFT Learning Courses

Accident/Incident Investigations

Incidents can be prevented if causes are identified and the appropriate corrective actions are taken. In this course, you will be presented with information regarding the who, what, when, and how of critical incident investigations. Topics include investigation procedures, data collection strategies, and reporting.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course, you will be able to:

  • Provide accurate and detailed information on incidents for analysis and reference
  • Compile statistical data on the cost of incidents
  • Identify the direct and indirect causes of incidents
  • Create and maintain an incident database to assist in hazard identification and risk assessment
  • List the steps involved in an investigation
  • Ask effective questions to discover an incident’s direct and indirect causes
  • List examples of physical evidence
  • Describe how to handle eyewitness accounts and eyewitness interviews
  • Describe how the data should be analyzed after it is collected
  • List and describe the 3 stages of control
  • Describe the reporting procedure and notification requirements

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Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is a fibrous material used in many industrial applications. Unfortunately, asbestos is also a dangerous substance that increases the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. In this course, you will be presented with information on asbestos-related hazards, PPE requirements, air monitoring methods, and abatement methods for different risk levels.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Identify the health risks associated with asbestos
  • Describe some materials that contain asbestos
  • Describe the required respiratory protection when dealing with asbestos
  • Describe the protective clothing requirements for asbestos
  • Describe abatement in relation to asbestos
  • Identify procedures used in asbestos abatement work
  • Describe air monitoring requirements for abatement work
  • Describe the techniques used for air monitoring
  • Describe how to respond to medical and fire emergencies
  • Describe where to find more information on competency profiles for asbestos projects

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Bear Safety Awareness

If you are working in the North American wilderness, there is a possibility that you may encounter a bear. Seeing a bear in the wild can be exciting, but bears can be very dangerous if you do not know how to react. This course will help you learn about bears and how best to respect them in their natural habitat. This will help to ensure your safety as you work in bear country.

Upon completion of this one-hour online online course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between black bears and grizzly bears
  • Explain the feeding habits of bears
  • Explain how you can tell if there is a bear in the area
  • Describe what you should do if you encounter a bear
  • List some ways to avoid an encounter with a bear
  • List five principles of bear safety
  • Identify black and grizzly bears based on physical appearance
  • Describe the geographic area inhabited by black bears and grizzlies
  • List signs that will help you identify when a bear is in the area
  • List common items that will attract bears
  • Describe things you should do if you encounter a bear
  • List steps that can be taken to prevent an encounter with a bear

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Cold Stress Awareness

In many different industries there are jobs that are undertaken in cold environments, which can lead to frostbite, hypothermia, and even death. This course includes information on types of cold stress, symptoms, treatment, and controls and strategies for managing cold stress.

Upon completion of this one-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of cold stress
  • Recognize the hazards and health risks associated with work in cold environments
  • Understand wind chill factors and how cold stress may be measured in the workplace
  • List the symptoms and treatment for different types of cold stress
  • Identify human, medical, and job risk factors associated with cold stress management
  • Describe the body’s common reactions to cold stress
  • Understand simple strategies for controlling exposure to cold stress
  • List the exposure limits for work in cold environments

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Distractions and Proactive Driver Training

In the past, courses such as this have been called “Defensive” driving courses. More recently, they have appeared as “Pro-active” driving courses. The purpose of this change in terminology is a hope that drivers will not only defend themselves against collisions, but be pro-active in avoiding dangerous situations and protecting all road users.

Upon completion of this one-hour online course you will be able to:

  • List the items on a vehicle that should be inspected before it is driven
  • List the most common driver distractions
  • Describe how to avoid becoming distracted while driving
  • List the causes and effects of fatigue Describe methods in which you can become a pro-active driver
  • List some items that should be included in an emergency kit
  • Explain how to check and regulate the fluid levels in a vehicle
  • Explain why it is important to keep your emotions in check while driving
  • Explain why using a cell phone while driving is dangerous
  • Define “impaired driving” and describe the penalties for being charged with impaired driving
  • List the important points of interacting with other road users

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General Fire Safety

The risk of fire is one of the greatest threats to health, safety, property, and the delivery of services. Fire prevention and protection programs promote an approach to fire safety and prevention that includes responsibilities for all employees regarding the reduction of fire hazards at their workplace.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Understand the legislative guidelines related to fire prevention and protection
  • Describe the responsibilities of workers, supervisors, and managers related to fire prevention and protection
  • Identify the elements that can cause a fire
  • Classify fires and proper fire extinguisher use
  • List the basic elements of fire detection
  • Describe proper safety techniques for dealing with a fire
  • Identify the process for fire emergency response planning
  • Identify the elements of a fire prevention program
  • Describe how to safely evacuate a burning building
  • List the factors that contribute to the effective use of fire extinguishers
  • Describe how to safely evacuate a burning building

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H2S and Other Toxic Substance Awareness

Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) and other toxic substances are encountered in many processes in various industries. Hazard evaluation and controls pertaining to H2S, ammonia, benzene, chlorine and other toxic substances are presented in this course.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Describe the properties, common locations, and health concerns of H2S
  • Describe the properties and common locations of ammonia, asbestos, benzene, carbon monoxide, chlorine, and NORM
  • Describe the hazard evaluation process for H2S and other toxic substances
  • Describe the purpose and limitations of detector tubes
  • List and apply the steps of the Initial Response Strategy
  • Describe rescue techniques (including CPR)
  • Describe hazard controls applicable to H2S and other toxic substances
  • Describe four rescue techniques
  • List the steps to be taken to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Define the elements in a Code of Practice

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Hazard Recognition

Knowing where the hazards are in your workplace is important to creating a safe environment. Recognizing hazards and how they can affect you, and others around you, will help you to eliminate and/or control the risk of accidents in your workplace.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Describe the responsibilities and importance of recognizing hazards
  • Define the methods, risks, and controls associated with hazard recognition
  • List the various physical, chemical, biological, psychological, and safety hazards
  • Describe the process and steps of hazard evaluation
  • List types of operational risk
  • Explain why the continuous improvement cycle is important to your OHSMS
  • List controls that can be used to prevent or reduce the risk of hazards
  • List the key elements of job hazard analysis and hazard assessments
  • Describe how to evaluate the results of a hazard evaluation and assessment
  • Describe the importance and role that hazard recognition plays in promoting a safe workplace

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Health and Safety Program Basics

Accidents and inefficient procedures can be very expensive and the health and safety program you develop can help you to reduce expenses by implementing safe practices in your workplace. In this course you will be presented with a description of the elements of a health and safety program and guidelines for implementing the elements of that program.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Describe the place of a health and safety program within your operational risk management system
  • List the benefits of an occupational health and safety program
  • Describe the components of an occupational health and safety program
  • List the guiding principles that an occupational health and safety program are built upon
  • Describe the purpose of having written occupational health and safety rules in your policy
  • List ways to effectively communicate your rules and policies
  • Describe the purpose of occupational health and safety committees
  • Describe when to perform a new worker orientation
  • List the types of inspections
  • Describe the importance of emergency response plans
  • Describe the investigation procedures for incidents and accidents

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Heat Illness Awareness

In many different industries there are jobs that have a risk of heat illness, which includes heat rash and more serious illness, such as heat stroke, that can result in death. This course includes information on types of heat illness, symptoms, treatment, and controls and strategies for managing heat stress.

Upon completion of this one-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Define heat stress
  • Identify mechanisms for heat transfer
  • List different types of heat illness
  • List the symptoms of, and treatment for, different types of heat illness
  • List controls for heat illness
  • Describe recommendations for employers
  • Describe recommendations for workers
  • Describe methods of heat measurement

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Job Safety Analysis

Employers are required to identify workplace hazards and protect their employees from harm. Furthermore, employees have the right to know about the hazards in their jobs and how to protect themselves. One way to accomplish this is to conduct a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) on any tasks that concern the safety of employees.

Upon completion of this one-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and benefits of conducting a Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
  • Identify tasks and their component steps suitable for a JSA
  • List the steps involved in conducting a JSA
  • Identify those who should be responsible for conducting a JSA
  • List the types of jobs for which conducting a JSA would be applicable
  • Describe how to conduct a JSA
  • List some examples of hazards and unsafe work practices
  • Explain methods in which hazards can be controlled

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Ladder Safety Training

Ladders are used in a wide variety of tasks both at the work site and at home. There are many different types of ladders in use and this course will focus on those most utilized at the work site. It is easy to forget that there can be real and significant hazards associated with ladder use therefore it is important that all workers and employers understand what those hazards are and how to avoid them. Safe work practices will be presented in this course that you can use to control the hazards associated with ladder use.

Upon completion of this one-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Identify the legislative requirements surrounding ladder use and safety
  • Describe general rules for safe ladder use
  • Identify the different types of ladders
  • Describe safe work practices for the different types of ladders you will encounter
  • dentify some causes of injuries that result from improper ladder usage
  • Describe proper ladder positioning techniques

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Naturally Occuring Radioactive Materials

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) are radioactive elements, which can be found in the earth’s crust and inside the tissue of living things. Usually NORM concentrations are low and not considered a safety issue, however, higher and more dangerous, concentrations result from human activities such as oil and gas production. This course includes NORM regulations, the effect of NORM and how to effectively control NORM waste to protect yourself, the public, and the environment.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Describe Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) and the associated types of radiation
  • Describe the hazards associated with radiation and NORM
  • Understand the regulatory framework pertaining to NORM in the workplace
  • Discuss NORM detection and control programs
  • Identify who to contact if you suspect NORM is present or if you want to dispose of NORM
  • Identify responsibilities with respect to managing NORM exposure at work
  • List industries that may have NORM as a potential exposure hazard
  • Describe the use of a NORM detector
  • List and describe NORM detection and measurement methods
  • List the requirements for sampling methods

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Respiratory Protective Equipment

Different types of respiratory hazards may exist in your workplace. A regulatory framework that includes legislation and standards governs when such hazards have been identified in a hazard assessment, the selection, care, and use of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE). This course will provide managers, supervisors, and workers with the information that they need to design, develop, and implement a Respiratory Protection Program.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Explain how the respiratory system works
  • Understand the types of respiratory hazards present in the workplace
  • Discuss the two main types of respirator and explain their selection
  • Understand the selection, limitations of use, fitting, and care of different types of RPE
  • Understand the legislative requirements related to the use of RPE including the importance of the related standards
  • Describe manager, supervisor, and worker responsibilities with respect to the implementation of RPE
  • Define SCBA and how it is used
  • Distinguish between the effects on the upper and lower respiratory system for different hazards
  • Describe usage conditions for RPE

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WHMIS 1988 – 2015 (GHS)

WHMIS has been updated to reflect elements of an United Nations initiative called the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The updated WHMIS program aligns Canada’s hazard classification and communication requirements with those used in the United Nations and other major trading partners.

Legislation is currently in force, but there is a multi-year transition plan which sets varied deadlines for manufacturers and importers, distributors, and employers. Currently, suppliers may begin to use the new WHMIS 2015 requirements for labels and SDSs for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada, or they can continue to use WHMIS 1988 standards. They may comply with either set of rules until the final implementation deadline in December 2018.

For these reasons, Gemini has developed this course for both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015. As many workers have completed WHMIS 1988 we have included a pretest to assess their knowledge. The content will adapt based on the test results to shorten training time if they demonstrate competency.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Determine your responsibilities and the responsibilities of your Employer and your Suppliers,
  • Protect yourself from Hazardous Materials by being able to identify and interpret Supplier Labels,
  • Distinguish between the need for and use of Supplier and Workplace Labels,
  • Describe the purpose of Material Safety Data Sheets and be able to use them accordingly,
  • Identify the appropriate PPE by reading a Label or MSDS,
  • Describe the purpose of Safety Data Sheets and be able to use them accordingly, and
  • Identify the appropriate PPE by reading a Label or SDS.

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Working in Confined Spaces

Many workers need to enter confined spaces to perform such functions as repairs, inspections or maintenance, which can be very dangerous. Proper equipment and procedures must be used and workers must be thoroughly trained to reduce the risks associated with the hazards that are present. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements.

Upon completion of this two-hour online course you will be able to:

  • Identify confined spaces
  • List and describe the hazards found in confined spaces
  • Understand how to protect yourself against confined space hazards
  • Explain use of entry permits and employee responsibilities
  • Explain why confined spaces are hazardous
  • List the members of a confined space entry team
  • List the information required for a confined space entry permit
  • List conditions that must be satisfied before a confined space is entered
  • Identify the responsibilities of each member of a confined space entry team
  • Describe the requirements for a hazard assessment, review of work conditions, and pre-work planning
  • Explain when air testing is required

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Custom Safety in Schools Courses

Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way

This 30-minute course was designed by your Safety in Schools team to give students a look into the real lives of people who have suffered workplace injuries and fatalities and their loved ones. This course introduces students to some of their basic rights and responsibilities in the workplace and then takes them through three filmed interviews by two people who suffered severe workplace injuries as young workers, as well as one father who lost his son in a preventable falling incident at an Alberta worksite.

We recommend this course as an addition to your CALM curriculum, and to any student who is about to begin working.

This course was built using Captivate and can be found in our Safety in Schools library and on our Resource Portal.

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That’s Got to Hurt! Lessons from the Workplace

This 30-minute course is the result of a series of contests that we ran throughout 2015 and 2016. Students sent in essays and videos to us describing a workplace incident that they either witnessed or experienced and what they learned from that experience. This course is easily relatable to young workers, as it features the real-life experiences of people their own age in workplaces similar to their own.

We recommend this course as an addition to your CALM curriculum, and to any student who is about to begin working.

This course was built using Articulate and can be found in our Safety in Schools library and on our Resource Portal.

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Heavy Machinery – It Always Wins

This 30-minute course introduces students to the dangers of working with or around heavy machinery. Students taking this course will learn about the importance of conducting a proper Job Hazard Analysis, communicating effectively with Equipment Operators, and other important things to know in order to stay safe around this kind of equipment. Students are then taken through a series of case studies of real-life incidents in which people were severely injured or killed working with Heavy Machinery. Learning from the real-life experiences of others helps students to understand that safety is not just an abstract idea or a box to tick in the morning.

We recommend this course as an addition to your safety curriculum in high school shop classes, and to any student who is interested in or about to begin any job that involves working with or near heavy machinery.

This course was built using Articulate and can be found in our Safety in Schools library and on our Resource Portal.

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Introduction to Automotive Shop Safety

This 30-minute course introduces students to the common hazards that they will encounter working in a retail or commercial automotive repair shop, common injuries sustained in this industry, and their shared responsibility with their employer when it comes to workplace safety. Students are given examples of what a safe and responsible workplace looks like and the types of information that they should expect to be given during their training and orientation when beginning a new job at an automotive repair shop. The course utilizes a case study of a severe injury sustained by a 17 year old worker in a retail automotive shop to drive home the importance of working safely and the real-life consequences that can occur when you don’t.

We recommend this course as an addition to your safety curriculum in high school shop classes, and to any student who is interested in or about to begin any job that involves working in a retail or commercial automotive repair shop.

This course was built using Articulate and can be found in our Safety in Schools library and on our Resource Portal.

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The Hole You Dig: Ground Disturbance Gone Wrong

This 30-minute course introduces students to the basics of safe digging, including the steps involved in requesting a locate and respecting the marks, before going on to explore the various societal impacts that occur when ground disturbance goes wrong. Students taking this course will come away with a better understanding of the facilities and utilities that are buried underground, the process to avoid damaging those facilities, and the widespread societal costs and impacts that occur when damages do happen.

We recommend this course as an inclusion in your AGR 3000 curriculum, and to any student who may undertaking any digging activities either at home or in the workplace.

This course was built using Articulate and can be found in our Safety in Schools library and on our Resource Portal.

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Digger’s Guide to Safe Bone Burying

This course was developed in partnership with the Alberta Common Ground Alliance and was our first foray into developing resources for elementary school aged children.

This online, interactive activity introduces kids to the basic concepts of safe digging and the need to CALL or CLICK before you dig.

This course was built using Articulate and can be found in our Safety in Schools library and on our Resource Portal.

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Propane and Natural Gas Safety at Home

This 30-minute course teaches young people how to use, store and transport propane and natural gas safely. The course includes barbecue safety, transportation and storage, signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, the differences between propane and natural gas and more. The course also includes a look at some real-life incidents that have occurred when people did not take proper precautions.

This course was developed using the SWIFT Learning platform and can be found in our SWIFT library.

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Tragedy at the Quarry

This 50-minute course introduces students to common hazards, injuries and fatalities in the gravel crushing industry and how to mitigate those risks, with a significant focus on the importance of equipment guarding and training.

The course centres on the case study of a real-life fatality that serves as a tragic reminder of the severity of impact when something goes wrong in this kind of industry. In the course, students will see filmed interviews with the mother of a 15-year-old worker killed on an Alberta gravel crushing site as well as the owner of the company at which the fatality occurred.

This course was developed using the SWIFT Learning platform and can be found in our SWIFT library.

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