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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Working outside in the spring and summer comes with its own set of avoidable hazards. Taking some basic precautions will guarantee a safer environment for you and your peers. Alberta summers are short, so make the most of it and stay healthy.
To mark Safety & Health Week this year, we will have to consider that people are isolated and can’t participate in group projects. So why not shake it up a bit and do something that’s a little out of the box, but still shows your commitment to safety, and keeps you and your family safe [...]
Every farm has hazards... do you know what they are? Every year workers in the agriculture industry are needlessly injured. Learn about some typical farm hazards (below) and how to avoid them.
With Corona virus (COVID-19) becoming a pandemic, we just wanted to take minute to remind everyone that viruses are avoidable. Let's review the best ways to keep from catching it, and how to keep others healthy too! For more information on Coronavirus click here.
For 25 years, the Job Safety Skills Society has been helping educate and empower Alberta youth ages 15-24 years with our free, accredited JobSafe Program. We wanted to do something special for our anniversary this year, and decided that a new brand would be a great way to celebrate. We are now SafeGen: Next generation [...]
If you’re working outside in Alberta winters, your priority is always to stay safe… and warm! Extreme cold weather can lead to issues such as frostbite hypothermia. It is possible to stay toasty, even on the chilliest of days if you plan ahead. Before stepping outside, make sure you check the temperature and factor in [...]
If you’re a teenager living in Alberta, chances are you have been recruited by your guardians to do some extra outdoor winter chores. Once the weather turns you might actually miss mowing the lawn. Living in a harsh climate means that we need to prepare ourselves for cold, ice and snow – not only living [...]
JSSS has released a three-part video series that poses the question for teens: What would you do in this situation? Watch as three friends, Ella, Tim and Greg, navigate their first jobs and are presented with common hazardous situations. Will they put their JobSafe training to use? [...]
Take a look at some common job hazards in a restaurant. Whether you're in a cooking, cleaning, or service role, all of these hazards may apply. Know how to avoid them, and stay safe! For more information on job hazards, visit our job safety resources page.
Your teen may take workplace safety courses in school, and they will definitely get advice from their working friends. But as a parent, what can you do to prepare your son or daughter for their first job? Learn what their rights are as young workers, and make sure they know them as well. You can [...]
Take a look at these stats from 2017... Youth workers are the most vulnerable sector and continue to be injured on the job at an alarming rate. Entering the workforce with confidence and the tools to keep yourself and others safe can help prevent injuries and lost time.
We all wish there was more summer fun to be had, but the start of the school year is a great time to set goals... Why not make one of them: get to school safely? “Back to school” not only signifies binders, calculators and collective groans from teens everywhere, but it also marks the start [...]
If you’re working or playing outdoors, it’s important to know basic electrical safety rules. Even one small misstep can lead to a potentially fatal outcome. Electrical fatalities and injuries can occur on the jobsite, while you’re camping or hanging out with friends, or even in your own back yard. Here are some tips that will [...]
Falling off of a ladder can not only put a huge cramp in your day, it can result in an injury that affects the rest of your life (or worse). Our HCS 3010 course has a whole unit dedicated to ladder safety, which will give you all of the tips and tricks you need to [...]
Positive mental health is something that everyone should strive for. Our state of mind affects everything we do, from school, to work, and even hanging out with our friends and family. Whether you have a mental illness or not, there are things you can do every day to feel better about yourself. Taking some time [...]
Q: Can I get a job if I am 12? A: You can get a job if you are 12 or under in an artistic endeavour, if your parents complete a Youth Permit. Artistic endeavours include: film, radio, video or television (including commercials) voice recordings for video and computer gaming theatre plays musical performances Q: [...]
We all know the feeling: you got caught up in your favourite show… you texted until 2 am with your BFF. Life happens, and sleep gets lost in the shuffle. Unfortunately, when sleep gets missed, the job site can become a danger zone. What happens to our bodies when we don’t get the rest we [...]
The last day of February marks International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day. These injuries are the largest cause of lost time for employers and employees across Canada, and can cause a huge amount of pain, not to mention disruptions in your everyday life. The good news is, they are easily avoidable if the proper [...]
Bullying in any situation is uncalled for and certainly not the fault of the victim. Unfortunately, in Canada one in six employees report being bullied at some point during their career. Workplace bullying encompasses everything from physical altercations to sexual harassment to verbal attacks. Everyone has the right to a safe work environment but unfortunately [...]