Since 1995 SafeGen, (formerly known as The Job Safety Skills Society of Alberta), has proudly provided workplace safety education to students, teachers, schools and many school districts throughout the province of Alberta. We have provided free resources and educational content and issued certificates of completion to over 140,000 students! We are incredibly proud of the [...]
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Our 2023 Youth Workplace Safety Video Contest was a huge success! We loved all of the videos and how each one had something unique to share. We would like to say thank you to the students who sacrificed their time and effort to make this contest a success! And a huge shout out to the [...]
Educating yourself about safety and health on the worksite is the first step to keeping yourself and others safe. This critical education will help you empower yourself and learn to identify hazards. Then, using the hierarchy of controls, we need to figure out how to best assess the hazards around us. Let’s go through the [...]
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and Careers in Energy is a trusted SafeGen partner, and we want to share what they're all about! As a high school student, are you interested in finding a career that will help make a difference in the world? Do you want to be part of the solution to our planet’s energy challenges? Look no [...]
Fire safety education is critical when you are working in an agricultural setting. Farms are unique environments, which means they have their own unique hazards. Fire is a definite enemy on the farm – one that could change many people’s lives in an instant. It is very important to know what the fire hazards on [...]
Thank You for the Support We are extremely fortunate to have the best supporters and partners! We are truly grateful for your support and hope to continue working with al of you in the future. Thank you for standing up for youth in our province. Supporters Partners Agriculture for Life Alberta [...]
From L-R: SafeGen Treasurer James Wilson, SafeGen Board of Directors Chair Bruce Wilkinson, and Jobs, Economy and Northern Development Minister Brian Jean. Educating youth about workplace health and safety is a critical endeavour in our province. Every year, thousands of youth aged 15-24, are injured on the job site - most of the [...]
Starting a new job (especially your first job) is exciting, and there is a lot of information for you to absorb. A new job also brings new workplace hazards that you may not be aware of. Young workers (ages 15-24) are among the most likely to get hurt on the job, and one of the [...]
Fast food restaurants are a pretty usual first job. They offer short shift times, a fast-paced environment, and the chance to dive into a customer service position. But did you know that food service jobs are also high on the list for injuries and lost-time claims for young workers? Educating yourself about typical workplace hazards [...]
SafeGen has added a new course to complement our already popular JobSafe Program: Mental Health in the Workplace. The course will be offered online, throughout Alberta, at no cost. The purpose of SafeGen’s new course is for youth aged 15-24 to develop strategies for recognizing psychological risks and hazards, and to teach them to be [...]
Have you ever stopped to think about what kind of communicator you are? Or what qualities a good communicator has? Sometimes, we don’t think about how our messages are being perceived, or how to better get our point across, or even be involved in a productive conversation. But we are communicating with people on a [...]
Exploring Communications: Young Worker Safety Month The third annual Young Worker Safety Month (#YWSM2022) will is back with more health and safety tips, and another prize package for one lucky Alberta youth. SafeGen, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division (CMHA, Alberta Division) and HeadsUp Alberta (young worker safety awareness group), have again partnered to [...]
It's the end of the school year and we are here for it! This year has been long and tiring and we are ready for a sunny, fun-filled summer. Take a look at our June newsletter for updates about where the SafeGen team will be this summer, and what we have in store for next [...]
As a new employee, you may have a lot of questions about what your rights and responsibilities are at your job. Learning the basics of OH & S legislation can benefit you in many ways; this knowledge will help to keep you safe at work, and help keep your coworkers safe as well. These laws [...]
In our first electrical safety blog, we focused on staying safe outside, and in this one we will fill in some gaps with information that will help you stay safe at work. Most jobs involve working with or around electricity. From mowing lawns to changing lightbulbs, to cleaning out a barn, you will likely run [...]
If you’re handling or working near animals, you’ll know that animals are often unpredictable, and that just like humans, they are all individual in their reaction, and have different reactions to stress. Understanding animal behaviour and animal handling systems are crucial to avoiding injury on the farm. Most livestock injuries occur when people fall off [...]
It’s cold out, the days are short, and school is back in session. Typically, people tend to be a little down after the holiday season, and January can be a hard month for many people. Dark mornings and unrealistic resolutions can also contribute to a feeling of being down or anxious. The point is, it’s [...]
Thank You for All of the Support As 2021 comes to a close, we would like to say a heartfelt thank-you to all of the individuals and organizations that have supported us this year. It is because of you that we can continue to deliver high quality workplace safety education to youth across Alberta. We [...]
Please have a look at a snapshot of our November 2021 Newsletter. We have exciting things coming up - including our video contest, new partnerships, and more. To read the full newsletter, click here.
SafeGen is pleased to announce our partnership with The Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). Our mission is educating and empowering youth so they can take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others, in the workplace. Based on this principle, CLAC and SafeGen have some together to help guide and protect Alberta’s [...]
Do you: Nod off in class or at your desk? Feel unexplainably irritable or moody? Have trouble concentrating at school, home, or work? Keep getting sick for no reason? You might have problems with your sleep schedule. Getting the proper amount of sleep for your age is crucial to a happy, healthy life. It is recommended [...]
If you’re like many people, your life is hectic and over scheduling is a constant worry. Teens are often extremely affected by this, as not only do they have their own schedules, but their family expectations as well. It’s a difficult habit to break, and can be detrimental to your psychological and physical wellbeing. How [...]
Educating young workers is our mission, and there’s a good reason why: these workers are still the most likely to get hurt at work. Youth aged 15-24 are entering the workforce with little to no safety education, and the most current statistics from the Government of Alberta(GOA) are showing that this is having a very [...]
Working in retail can be a great summer job, or a great career choice. We want to make sure that you are properly prepared to excel in this environment, so let’s look at some of the hazards, and how to avoid them. Slips, trips and falls account for many injuries in the retail space, mostly [...]
Psychological hazards can be just as dangerous as physical hazards in the workplace, and should be mitigated with proper safety protocol and procedures. It is an employer's responsibility to reasonably ensure the health and safety of all workers at their worksite. "Psychological hazards are elements of the job or organizational practices that could pose a [...]
April is Dig Safe month so it’s time for a reminder about how to dig safely at home and at work. Spring in Alberta is an especially magical time, mainly because we never truly know what kind of weather we’ll step into day to day. So, when the sun’s out, we take those opportunities to [...]
SafeGen is currently seeking new Directors to be a part of something big... For the past 25+ years, SafeGen (formerly the Job Safety Skills Society) has been advocating for and delivering workplace safety education for youth in Alberta. We have an opportunity for a like-minded individual to fill a position on our Board of Directors. [...]
Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSIs) are the most common injuries for youth workers. They are often referred to as RSIs (Repetitive Strain Injuries), Repetitive Stress Disorders, and Cumulative Trauma Disorders. These injuries can be extremely painful, and although workers may not display symptoms of them right way, they can cause a lot of trouble in later life. [...]
Stress is a normal feeling – everybody feels it at some point in their lives (now, possibly more than ever). But when does stress start to become a problem? You may feel stress over one particular thing, but often stress is like a glass of water: drops keep dripping in until the last one makes [...]
Feeling stuck at home these days? If you’re like most Albertans, you are feeling a little cooped up, which leads to… home projects! Although we may be nearing the end of another lockdown, the urge to purge, rearrange, clean and organize might be prevalent in your home. You may not be able to go back [...]
Working in cold temperatures is a not an option in Alberta. Many industries such as construction, service, and landscaping have to prepare their employees for the frigid temperatures in our province. From October to May, the chilly temperatures, snowfall, and windchill can be hazardous working conditions. Ensuring you have a solid cold weather plan in [...]
We are excited to announce the release of our new and improved AGR 3000: Agriculture Safety course! The course is available to educators and students across Alberta, now. The course is part of our successful JobSafe Program, which has educated over 115,000 students. It has been updated and contains the most current agriculture safety educational [...]
There’s no doubt that the upcoming school year will be even stranger than the last in Alberta. Many students are being welcomed back in class at schools across the province, and others will be For those learning in school, things will look very different. As the government has mandated, students will be wearing masks in [...]
Support Young Worker Safety Month! We have teamed up with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division (CMHA, Alberta Division) and HeadsUp Alberta (young worker safety awareness group) to launch Young Worker Safety Month throughout August. The online campaign will educate and engage young Albertans about mental health during the pandemic, and beyond. The posts [...]
Asking yourself these important questions and answering honestly is very important as a worker. It is one of your responsibilities to determine if you are fit for work on a daily basis. Check in to keep yourself and others safe. Q: Am I well rested? Did I go to bed late last night? Am I [...]
Read the latest instalment of the SafeGen newsletter. In this edition, we talk about our GoFundMe campaign, the continuance of our courses, and more. And a special thank you goes out to teachers (at work AND at home) for a job well done this year! Read our newsletter now.