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

WContest Posterith the pending launch of our newest course, Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way , we have now turned our focus to our next two course development projects, Heavy Machinery – It Always Wins and That’s Got to Hurt! – Lessons from the Workplace. You can learn more about the Heavy Machinery initiative in our upcoming newsletter and future blog posts.

That’s Got to Hurt! – Lessons from the Workplace is a unique type of initiative for Safety in Schools because it is not just developing a new course – it involves significant engagement with students. Unlike our other course developments, That’s Got to Hurt! will focus on the real-life experiences of Safety in Schools students themselves. Content will be collected through a series of contests which SIS students are invited to take part in throughout 2015-2016. Contest details below!

Calling All Students! You Could Win Up To $1500!

To date, our programming has largely been focused on providing students with the information and certification they need to stay safe at work. While this is certainly important and goes a long way toward reducing injuries, we recognize that changing attitudes and encouraging young people to actively think about safety is the key to changing behaviour and, ultimately, saving lives. This is why we have chosen to run a series of contests throughout 2015-2016, encouraging students to think critically about and share their own experiences in the workplace. Content generated through these contests will then be incorporated into our That’s Got to Hurt! course.

Teachers are encouraged to incorporate these contests into your classrooms. You could have students create videos, write essays or just share their experiences in a classroom discussion, and follow up by having them send their submissions to Safety in Schools. By working together, we can get your students thinking critically about workplace safety and their role in it. Participating in the contests also gives students the chance to win some really great prizes!

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, we are running a series of contests that aim to engage you in a conversation about safety in your own workplaces. We want to hear about YOUR experiences at work. Have you witnessed a workplace injury? Have you experienced one yourself? Maybe you’ve witnessed a really close call – we want to know about it!

The stories you share with us will comprise the foundation of a new custom Safety in Schools course titled That’s Got To Hurt! Lessons From the Workplace.

Check out the three different contest types below to see which one interests you the most. Of course, you’re welcome to participate in all three!

Student Video Contest

Students are asked to submit a short video outlining a safety incident that they have either personally experienced or witnessed in any industry and/or daily activity in which they have taken part. In the video, students are asked to outline:

  • The details of the incident, including the nature of the incident, the actions leading up to the incident and any actions taken to contain the incident
  • The emotional, physical and financial impact(s) of the incident
  • The students personal thoughts on how the incident could have been avoided or better managed to eliminate or minimize the hazard, based on what they have learned in school, workplace training and through the Safety in Schools course(s) that they have taken
  • What lessons they learned as a result of the incident

Incidents may include near-misses, in which case students should outline one or more predictable outcomes of a similar incident occurring, what, if anything was done to eliminate or mitigate the hazard, and what could/should have been done. Videos are to be hosted on YouTube and submitted via electronic submission form.

Videos are to be 2-5 minutes in length and will be judged on three criteria, in descending order of significance:

  • Knowledge: The level of understanding exhibited by the video’s creator of the safety principals relevant to the particular incident
  • Effectiveness: How effective the video is in terms of clearly communicating the message and stimulating viewers both emotionally and visually
  • Creativity: Students are encouraged to produce unique, interesting content that effectively communicates their message and captures the student’s individuality

The Prizes!

  • 1st Place: $1500
  • 2nd Place: $1000
  • 3rd Place: $500

A panel of three judges will select three submissions by grade (12 total), based on the criteria outlined above, to be put to an open electronic vote for final selection of the winner and runners-up. Voting will be open to current Safety in Schools users as well as the public, via Facebook, Twitter and the Safety in Schools website forum. To determine the winning submission, Safety in Schools staff will tally the total number of Facebook “likes” per submission as well as the number of votes for each video on the Safety in Schools forum and received through Twitter. Information on how to vote via Twitter will be made available closer to contest close.

The winning submission and two runners-up will be included on the Safety in Schools Resource Portal and website, Facebook and Twitter and linked in an upcoming issue of the Safety in Schools newsletter. Content will also be utilized in the custom That’s Got To Hurt! Safety in Schools course.

Download Contest Rules and Regulations Package

Download Video Contest Evaluation Surveys

Download Video Contest Submission Check-List

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Student Essay Contest

Students are asked to submit a 1,200-1,500 word essay outlining a safety incident that they have either personally experienced or witnessed in any industry or activity in which they were engaged. In the essay, they are asked to outline:

  • The details of the incident, including the nature of the incident, the actions leading up to the incident and the actions taken to contain the incident
  • The emotional, physical and financial impact(s) of the incident
  • The students personal thoughts on how the incident could have been avoided or better managed to eliminate or minimize the hazard, based on what they have learned in school, workplace training and through the Safety in Schools course(s) that they have taken
  • What lessons they learned as a result of the incident

Incidents can include near-misses, in which case students should outline what they believe to be a predictable outcome of a similar incident occurring, what, if anything was done to eliminate or mitigate the hazard, and what could/should have been done. Submissions will be judged on three criteria, in descending order of significance:

  1. Knowledge: Understanding of the safety principals relevant to the incident
  2. Flow: How well ideas flow together to effectively communicate the message
  3. Structure/Writing: Submissions are expected to exhibit proper writing style, spelling, grammar and citations where relevant.

The Prizes!

  • 1st Place: $1500
  • 2nd Place: $1000
  • 3rd Place: $500

The winning submission will be included in full in an upcoming issue of the Safety in Schools newsletter, as well as on the Safety in Schools blog. Two runners-up will be included in full on the Safety in Schools blog. Essays are to be submitted via electronic submission form.

Download Contest Rules and Regulations Package

Download Essay Contest Evaluation Surveys

Download Essay Submission Checklist

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Social Media Contest

Throughout the school year, students areencouraged to share personal stories about workplace incidents, near-misses or other safety-related events from their own lives via Twitter and Facebook as a way of engaging young people in a two-way dialog about safety in their daily lives.

Through moderated dialogue these submissions will stimulate student interaction and communication focused on personal safety.

Posts that are received and contain safety related comments and observations from the workplace will be entered into a random draw to win an iPad Mini.

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