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SWIFT Library

We have a SWIFT library of 10 SK aligned courses available to teachers and students in SK.

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Safety in Schools Custom Library

SK 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.

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Courses Developed Using SWIFT Learning Software


SWIFT Learning Library

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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Fall Protection Equipment

You are responsible for selecting and using Fall Protection Equipment (FPE) when it is required for your duties. This course will introduce you to FPE requirements and usage and, help you meet all regulatory and government requirements.

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

  • Understand when you need to use FPE
  • Describe the elements of a fall protection plan
  • Describe different types of FPE
  • Describe what is involved in a fall hazard assessment
  • Explain the regulations surrounding fall hazards
  • List the items that are usually included in a fall protection plan
  • Describe the purpose and advantages of surface protection
  • Describe how fixed barriers prevent falls
  • Explain what a travel restraint system is
  • List several types of fall arrest systems

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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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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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Personal Protective Equipment

Managers, supervisors, and workers all have responsibilities with respect to the selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Legislative requirements and standards provide the framework for the manufacturing and selection of PPE for different tasks and work environments. By following this regulatory framework you will put yourself, and others, in situations in which the equipment used provides the protection required for the job.

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

  • Describe the major classes of PPE at the worksite and the main components of each
  • Understand your responsibilities regarding the selection and use of PPE
  • Identify and describe the most common PPE items that are required as part of a corporate health and safety program
  • Describe the inspection, care, and maintenance requirements of the equipment
  • Identify the importance of PPE
  • Recall maintenance and implementation requirements
  • Identify the importance of appropriate eye, ear, head, foot, and hand protection
  • Define why appropriate PPE is imperative in a variety of situations
  • Describe the specific uses of PPE
  • Define responsibilities for the use of 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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Wildlife Awareness

If you are working in the North American wilderness there is a possibility that you may encounter wild animals, reptiles, insects, and plants. This course will teach you what you need to know to stay safe.

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

  • Identify wild animal behaviours and characteristics
  • Assess whether a wild animal is in the area or in your surrounding
  • Understand the steps you should take if you encounter a wild animal
  • Understand how to prevent a snake bite
  • Identify common types of insects like mosquitoes, bees and wasps
  • Identify common features of black widows, brown recluses, and hobo spiders
  • Identify common features of deer mice and hantavirus
  • Recognize tick related diseases such as Lyme disease & Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Identify poisonous plants such as Poison ivy, Devil’s Club, Stinging Nettle and Western Water Hemlock

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Workstation Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of designing a workspace around the needs of the worker. Designing your workstation, and work flow, using ergonomic principles is essential to help prevent injury, improve productivity, and reduce stress.

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

  • Define Office Ergonomics and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Identify RSI Symptoms, and all of the risk factors for an injury
  • Design your workstation ergonomically
  • Design your work flow to meet your physical and mental needs
  • Describe why exercise is important
  • List and perform stretches for your body

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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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