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Students and teachers in Alberta have access to 39 courses through the Safety in Schools program, including:

  • 12 curriculum-aligned courses through our SWIFT Learning Library
  • 18 enhancement courses through our SWIFT Learning Library
  • 9 custom courses developed by Safety in Schools

Curriculum Alignment and Enhancement Courses

When developing our online library, Safety in Schools worked with Alberta Education to align our course offerings with curriculum outcomes in the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) learning stream.

The SWIFT Learning Library also provides enhancement courses to students in any learning stream, helping them advance their personal safety knowledge and build their resume.

Safety in Schools Custom Developed Courses

The Safety in Schools team and our partners complement our SWIFT Learning HSE Library with custom courses developed specifically for our youth audience.

Safety in Schools Custom Courses use real-life experiences and interactive content to explore a variety of health, safety, and wellness topics relevant to youth. This real-life focused content is designed to make these topics feel personal and less abstract.


Course Descriptions

Click on the course name below to read the description, or click on the PDF icon to see how these courses align to the Alberta curriculum.

Custom Developed Courses

Internal Course Library

These courses are available to registered users through our internal course library.

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Publicly Accessible Courses

These courses can be accessed through our Resource Portal without a Safety in Schools account.

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Alberta OH&S Awareness

This three hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

The Occupational Health and Safety legislation is law and all employers are legally bound to abide by its requirements. Changes to Alberta’s occupational health and safety legislation came into force on June 1, 2018 that created an improved OHS system to better protect workers and ensure they have the same rights as other Canadians.

The legislation provides a framework for employers to operate their businesses and protect employees from injury, illness, and harm. The framework is quite detailed, and employees need to take time to understand the mechanics of the legislation and how they can meet their responsibilities under the legislation in their work.

This course is intended to make you aware of both the employer and the employee’s responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Act, Regulation and Code and the new Act which came into force on June 1, 2018.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the responsibilities of workers, supervisors, and managers under the legislation
  • Describe the requirements for communication
  • Identify the requirements for hazard assessment and emergency response planning that are listed in the Code
  • Recognize requirements regarding first aid and workplace violence that are listed in the Code
  • Identify and explain parts of the OH&S Code and new ACT changes relevant to employees and contractors
  • Describe the new ACT basic rights of workers

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Asbestos Awareness

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course will help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Section 1 and Code, Part 4.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Bear Safety Awareness

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Cold Stress Awareness

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Critical Incident Investigation

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

All incidents have causes. If the causes are not identified and eliminated, the same type of incident may occur again. However, there are often four, five, or more root causes of an incident. In an investigation, you must identify as many of these causes as possible. It is important that all incidents are reported and investigated in a consistent way, as this will make analysis much easier. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Cyberbullying & Digital Citizenship

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected subject matter experts.

This course has been designed for anyone – parents, teachers and youth alike and uses the term “online mistreatment” when referring to “cyberbullying”.

Online peer mistreatment is something that we cannot eradicate, however as with all peer mistreatment we can assist the one being hurt, we can help prevent, we can reduce the harm and hopefully we can reduce the number of students who are doing the harm.

We are all, both young and old, navigating a new digital culture. Rules and social norms are often ambiguous. It is our social responsibility to understand, take ownership and, personal responsibility for ourselves and those around us so that we can all stay safe.

We can mitigate the risks by making responsible and ethical decisions in the online world by developing a strong sense of “digital citizenship”.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize cyberbullying and online mistreatment
  • Identify a cyber bully, what they do and who they affect
  • Identify the technologies used to mistreat online
  • Apply effective strategies to prevent mistreatment
  • Apply effective strategies if it happens
  • Help reduce the harm
  • Develop a strong sense of digital citizenship and
  • Build resiliency for all

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health and Wellness Library, which includes facets of cognitive, physical health, bullying prevention, cyber bullying and other wellness related courses.

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Digger’s Guide to Safe Bone Burying

This 1/2 hour online program was developed by the Safety in Schools team in partnership with the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA).

This online, interactive activity was designed to introduce elementary school aged children to the basic concepts of safe digging and the need to CALL or CLICK before you dig.

This is a publicly available resource and can be accessed from our Resource Portal without a Safety in Schools account. Thank you to Alberta Labour for funding this program through the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Innovation and Engagement Grant.

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Distractions & Proactive Driver Training

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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 to encourage drivers to not only defend themselves against collisions, but be pro-active in avoiding dangerous situations and protecting all road users. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify 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
  • Identify 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 most important points of interacting with other road users

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Emergency Response Planning

This three hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

Being able to respond to an emergency is an important aspect to mitigating its effects. This course describes emergency actions and procedures that will be implemented in the case of an emergency. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of an emergency response plan (ERP) within an Operational Risk Management System
  • Define “emergency” and list the types of occurrences an ERP responds to
  • Describe the purpose of an ERP
  • List the key elements of an ERP
  • List and describe the four levels of emergency
  • Identify roles described in an ERP
  • List duties for the roles described in an ERP
  • Define an Emergency Planning Zone
  • List some types of security breaches and what to do in the event one occurs
  • Explain how you should handle media communications
  • Describe the post-emergency procedures

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Energy Isolation

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

Energy Isolation is the modern codified term for common lock-out tag-out procedures but has been made more global to include isolation of all energy forms. Every day, millions of workers come into contact with some type of hazardous energy. Tasks that may expose workers to hazardous energy include servicing, inspecting, testing, or adjusting equipment. The main cause of injury is contact with high levels of uncontrolled energy. In order to prevent injury, you must understand the dangers and know how to control hazardous energy at its source. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify types of hazardous energy
  • Describe the hazard assessment process
  • Identify techniques to control hazardous energy
  • Define energy isolation, securing and verification
  • List the company specific process for dealing with hazardous energy
  • Describe the requirement to control hazardous energy
  • Describe the control process for hazardous energy
  • Define acceptable and not acceptable energy isolation devices
  • Describe the process for securing and verification
  • List four types of isolation and securing procedures
  • Describe the reactivation of equipment process
  • Describe the process for each type of isolation and securing procedure

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Fall Protection Equipment

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

You are responsible for selecting and using Fall Protection Equipment (FPE) when it is required for your duties. Part 9 of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Code outline regulatory requirements that will help you make informed decisions regarding FPE. This course will introduce you to FPE requirements and usage and, help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including, the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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General Electrical Safety

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

Electricity is so widely used that it is easy to forget how dangerous it can be. Inadequate safety precautions while dealing with electricity may lead to a fatal electrical shock. Therefore, it is very important that all workers and employers understand electrical hazards and how to deal with them. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe what electricity is and how it works
  • List some electrical hazards
  • List the safety legislation and rules for working around electrical equipment
  • Describe the effects of electrical hazards on the human body
  • Define some basic rules for using electrical equipment
  • Describe ways to protect against electrical hazards
  • List different types of conducting and non-conducting materials
  • Determine the different types of electricity
  • Define the level of body tolerance for electricity
  • Explain how Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) work to prevent shocks
  • Define grounding and bonding
  • Describe what insulation is and how it protects against shocks

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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General Fire Safety

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Ground Disturbance & Excavations

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

Ground disturbance is a common and necessary task in the oil and gas industry. It is important that workers know the hazards and risks involved in this practice, the requirements involved in planning a ground disturbance, and what protective equipment should be used.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • List the hazards commonly involved
  • Describe the training requirements
  • Describe the planning and field requirements
  • Explain the documentation requirements for ground disturbance

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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H2S & Other Toxic Substances Awareness

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Hazard Assessment Procedures

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

Identifying and dealing with hazards should be the first step in a health and safety program. Although law requires it, the primary purpose is to prevent workplace illnesses and injury to workers. Every employee needs to work with their employers to complete hazard assessments. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe, in general terms, the purpose and process for completing a hazard assessment
  • Define employee responsibilities for hazard assessment
  • Describe the legislative requirements for completing hazard assessments
  • Identify major types of workplace hazards
  • Describe the various hazard levels
  • Identify when a hazard assessment should be completed
  • Identify the types of controls available
  • Describe the techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of the controls
  • Identify the main types of workplace hazards
  • Describe the purpose of a site hazard assessment
  • Identify the purpose of a Job Safety Analysis

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Hazard Recognition

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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 and
  • Describe the process and steps of hazard evaluation

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Health & Safety Committees

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

The purpose of this course is to raise the awareness of committee members, employers, and supervisors about the role of health and safety committees. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the function of joint work site health and safety committees
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of committee members
  • Describe how joint work site health and safety committees affect the quality of workplace safety
  • List reasons why having a Health and Safety Committee is important
  • Describe the legislation surrounding Health and Safety Committees
  • Explain the responsibilities of a Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committee
  • Explain how Committee members can influence their peers
  • List and describe the employer responsibilities surrounding the Committee
  • Explain the differences between informal and formal training
  • List the responsibilities of the Chair and Secretary
  • Describe how meeting minutes are to be recorded and circulated

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Health & Safety Program Basics

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course was developed to aid employers, contractors, and workers meet the requirements of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Code.

Upon completion of this 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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This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.


Heat Illness Awareness

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Heavy Machinery – It Always Wins

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

This 1/2 hour course was developed by the Safety in Schools team to introduce 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. This course includes several case studies of real-life incidents in which people were severely injured or killed working with Heavy Machinery.

We recommend including this course as a safety component 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 is a publicly available resource developed by Safety in Schools and can be accessed from our Resource Portal without a Safety in Schools account.

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Introduction to Automotive Shop Safety

This 3/4 hour course was developed by Safety in Schools in partnership with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA).

The 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 consequences that can occur when you don’t.

We recommend including this course as a safety component 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 is a publicly available resource and can be accessed from our Resource Portal without a Safety in Schools account.

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Job Safety Analysis

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Ladder Safety Training

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way

This 1/2 hour course was designed by the Safety in Schools team to give students a look into the real lives of people who have suffered workplace injuries and fatalities and the affects these incidents have on themselves and everyone around them.

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 is a publicly available resource and can be accessed from our Resource Portal without a Safety in Schools account.

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Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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. It has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Personal Protective Equipment

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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 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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This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.


Power Line Awareness

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

This course has been designed to help you become more aware of the risks presented by electricity and overhead power lines. If an incident occurs, equipment and property can be damaged and people can be seriously hurt, or killed. This course presents scenarios to provide you with an understanding of how you can protect yourself, your co-workers, and the general public from the electrical hazards you may encounter when carrying out work near overhead power lines. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Obtain a better understanding of electricity
  • Describe power distribution systems
  • Summarize the effects of electricity on people and equipment
  • Identify the danger associated with electricity
  • Describe Voltage, Current and Resistance
  • Give examples of conducting and non-conducting materials
  • List the parts of 3 phase power systems
  • State the body’s tolerance for electricity
  • Describe current’s effects on the body
  • List the procedures to be taken when there is an accident involving a power pole
  • List the steps to take if work has to be completed within 7 metres of a power line
  • List the steps to take when the machinery you are operating contacts an energized line

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This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.


Propane and Natural Gas Safety at Home

This 1/2 hour course was developed by the Safety in Schools team in partnership with the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) to teach 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, and includes a look at real-life incidents that have occurred when people did not take proper precautions.

This course was developed using SWIFT Learning software and is available to registered Safety in Schools users through our internal course library.

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Respiratory Protective Equipment

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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 has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. 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 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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That’s Got to Hurt! Lessons from the Workplace

This 1/2 hour course was developed by the Safety in Schools team following a series of contests run throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Students were asked to submit essays and videos describing a workplace incident that they either witnessed or experienced and what they learned from that experience. The winning submissions were included in the course, making the course very relatable to young workers, as it features the real-life experiences of people their own age.

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

This is a publicly available resource and can be accessed from our Resource Portal without a Safety in Schools account.

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The Hole You Dig: Ground Disturbance Gone Wrong

This 1/2 hour course was developed by the Safety in Schools team in partnership with the Alberta Common Ground Alliance.

After a brief introduction to ground disturbance and locates, this course focuses on the widespread impact that digging gone wrong can have on the surrounding community, residents, and businesses.

We recommend this course to any student who may take part in projects at home or at work which involve digging of any kind.

This is a publicly available resource and can be accessed from our Resource Portal without a Safety in Schools account. Thank you to Alberta Labour for funding this program through the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Innovation and Engagement Grant.

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Tragedy at the Quarry

This 3/4 hour course was developed by the Safety in Schools team in partnership with the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) to introduce 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 SWIFT Learning software and is available to registered Safety in Schools users through our internal course library.

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Transportation of Dangerous Goods

This three hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) is an everyday occurrence and it is very important that individuals involved in this process take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code and Enform Industry Recommended Practice (IRP) 17.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the primary purpose of the Act and Regulations
  • Define key terms
  • Identify how goods are determined as dangerous (under the Act)
  • Define the role and responsibilities of those involved in the transport of dangerous goods
  • Identify who is responsible for determining training and certification needs
  • Describe the certification requirements for the transportation of dangerous goods
  • List record keeping and documentation requirements for TDG
  • Describe and state the purpose of different types of safety marks
  • Describe when an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) is required
  • Describe when the release of dangerous goods must be reported
  • Identify the responsibilities surrounding such reports
  • Describe each of the Schedules included in the TDG Regulations

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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WHMIS 2015 (GHS)

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) has aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) to reflect elements of an United Nations initiative. The updated WHMIS program is Canadian legislation that ensures all workers are informed about the chemicals and other hazardous materials they use, or may be exposed to.

Upon completion of this 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 Safety Data Sheets and be able to use them accordingly, and Identify the appropriate PPE by reading a Label or SDS

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Working in Confined Spaces

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

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 including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this 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

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Workplace Inspections

This one hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals.

Workplace Inspections are an important step toward ensuring a safe and productive work environment. All companies need to perform regular workplace inspections to ensure the safety of their workers and the public. This course has been designed to help you meet all regulatory and government requirements including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the phrase “Workplace Inspection”
  • List the key terms used in Workplace Inspections
  • Identify the two main types of Workplace Inspections
  • Describe what to look for when performing a Workplace Inspection
  • Describe the Workplace Inspection process
  • Identify legislation designed to ensure the safety of workers in the workplace
  • Define how frequent a formal inspection needs to take place
  • Describe the purpose of doing a workplace inspection
  • List unsafe acts and conditions
  • List the classification for hazards
  • Describe how corporate culture shapes worker safety standards
  • Identify ways to evolve workplace inspections to increase safety awareness

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation as well as to provide an incremental learning path leading towards three competency-based online certificates.

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Your Mental Health and Well-Being

This one-hour course was developed by the Safety in Schools team in partnership with Service Hospitality to help students develop mental health coping skills.

Mental health affects everything in a person’s life, including relationships, success in school, and even physical health. Anxiety, stress and change are a normal part of life that everyone faces, but how individuals deal with them can have a big impact on mental health.

This course has been designed to help students:

  • Understand and define mental healthmental illness, and anxiety;
  • Describe some of the common causes and symptoms of anxiety;
  • Analyze and establish effective strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety and change, and for helping others manage stress, anxiety and change;
  • Understand the benefits of helping themselves and others manage stress, anxiety and change; and,
  • Understand when and how to seek support for their mental health.

Your Mental Health and Well-Being is an excellent addition to Alberta’s Health and Life Skills and Career and Life Management curricula.

This course was developed using SWIFT Learning software and is available to registered Safety in Schools users through our internal course library.

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Your Rights and Responsibilities at Work

This two hour course was developed by SWIFT Learning and well-known, highly respected industry professionals as part of the original development of the Safety in Schools program.

The provincial and federal governments have many rules that must be followed in the Alberta workplace before you start working, while you are on the job and when you leave your employer. You will find answers to questions about your employment responsibilities and entitlements on the job, including regulations for employment standards such as wages, termination and vacation pay, legislation on human rights and workplace health and safety, and information on privacy.

This course is for workers who want to know more about employment rules in the Alberta workplace. It discusses legislation covering workers, their rights and responsibilities on the job, and leaving the job temporarily or permanently.

Upon completion of this course you will have a better understanding of:

  • Health and safety on the job
  • Human rights
  • Pay and deductions
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Leave, vacations and holidays
  • Pay records and earnings statement
  • Rest and break periods while working

This course is part of the SWIFT Learning Free Courses Library, designed to meet the different requirements of provincial and federal government legislation and give back to the community.

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