2014 Was a Year of Milestones for Safety in Schools

Schools Using January 2015Courses Mastered January 2015Between January 2013 and January 2014, the number of schools registered with us grew by more than 60%, from 115 to 185. We are now operating in 80% of the Public and 70% of the Catholic school districts in Alberta, as well as several Charter, Private and Francophone schools. This past year we also registered several home-schooling families and increased enrollments within the schools and districts already using our program.

As of January 2015, we have reached a significant milestone in courses mastered – Safety in Schools students to date have mastered over 20,000 courses and counting! Students are currently enrolled in over 37,000 courses, a number which is increasing almost daily.

We are very proud of these accomplishments and look forward to driving even more growth throughout 2015. Of course, we could never have reached these important milestones without the support of the teachers and administrators who continue to share their experiences with their peers and encourage more students to enroll. Our sponsors, too, deserve recognition for our success.

PubDistricts January 2015  CathDistricts January 2015

While continued growth in enrollments and certificates awarded remains our top priority, we are also focusing heavily this year on branching out to promote safety in new and interesting ways. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can improve any aspect of our programming. Please read on to learn more about some of the exciting initiatives that we are launching in 2015!

“See Something, Say Something” School Speaking Tours with Candace Carnahan


In November 2014, we visited high schools in Calgary and Fort McMurray with Candace Carnahan to speak with students about why safety is so important and what they can do to keep themselves and others safe at work. Candace spoke with students about her experience being irreparably injured on the job at a young age and how that experience has impacted not just her, but those around her. Candace’s story and her personal speaking style really resonated with the students and feedback from teachers who participated was overwhelmingly positive. Teaching young people the basics of workplace safety is vital, but it is equally important to drive safety messages home in ways that tap into the emotional part of their brains, and that they can relate to personally. Our speaking tours with Candace is one approach to doing so.

We are now planning further speaking engagements in Edmonton and Grande Prairie for May 2015. If your school is interested in participating, please contact Sara at:
P: 403.984.6375
E: sarar@safetyinschools.ca


Life  Lessons – Learning the Hard Way

Best BannerSafety in Schools has received funding through Alberta’s Creative Sentencing program to develop a new course focusing on the real life impact of workplace injuries and fatalities. The Life Lessons—Learning the Hard Way course will integrate theoretical safety concepts currently taught through our other courses with the real life impact (physical, emotional and financial) of injuries and fatalities in the workplace on workers’ families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

Working together with people directly impacted by workplace incidents, this course aims to challenge the idea that “it can’t happen to me” by providing young workers with first-hand accounts of people no different than them who have been injured or killed on the job. Students taking the Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way course will be challenged to consider the physical, emotional and financial impacts of workplace injuries and fatalities that go beyond the individual. By introducing students to people who have felt and continue to feel the impact of an incident in their daily lives, students will be able to see beyond the faceless statistics to put faces, names and personalities to those numbers. It is one thing to hear that 11,161 young workers were injured in Alberta in a three year period (2011-2013), or that in that same time-frame, we lost 21 young workers to workplace fatalities, but when students are given the opportunity to see the people behind those numbers, the risks become real, tangible issues and it becomes easier for young people to picture themselves in a similar situation.

The first phase of this project includes the speaking tour of Alberta high schools referenced above. The first half of the tour was completed in Calgary and Fort McMurray in November and will continue with schools in Edmonton and Grande Prairie in the spring of 2015.

The second phase of this project will involve capturing the stories of two individuals who suffered life-altering workplace injuries and a family who has lost a loved one to a workplace fatality, as well as the experiences of a long-time safety professional. These stories will be captured in a series of vignettes, which will become the foundation of the Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way course content.

That’s Got to Hurt! – Lessons from the Workplace

That’s Got to Hurt! – Lessons from the Workplace builds on the experience-based, emotional content of the Life Lessons course by encouraging students to submit their own stories relating to workplace safety. Through a series of contests conducted throughout the 2015-2016 school year, students will be asked to submit videos, essays and comments over social media that outline a workplace safety incident that they have either experienced or witnessed first hand. Students will be asked to explore the factors that led up to the incident, what could have been done to avoid or better mitigate the incident, how it affected themselves and others, and what lessons they learned as a result of their experience. This original, student-developed content will form the foundation of a new course, titled That’s Got to Hurt! – Lessons from the Workplace. We believe that encouraging students to take the lead in the conversation about safety makes the content more personal and meaningful, while also giving students experience in hazard assessment and job safety analysis.

More details will be made available about this initiative as we get closer to the 2015-2016 school year; in the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sara.