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Setting a Safety Culture

All of our high school interns must take HCS3000, a comprehensive workplace safety course, before applying for positions. HCS3000 covers the following topics:

  • Hazard assessment and control
  • Incident reporting and investigation
  • Job safety and the law
  • WCB
  • Employment standards code and regulations
  • WHMIS
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Mental health and wellness

Worksite Inspections: What to expect

The Alberta Off-campus Education Handbook states that “All work sites must be inspected to ensure a safe and caring learning environment that is appropriate for educational activities.” This inspection is the responsibility of the school authority, and must involved a certificated teacher.

The Alberta Off-campus Education Handbook provides the following recommendations for teachers to consider when inspecting worksites for their students:

 

  • Will the employer/onsite supervisor provide a safe and caring learning environment?
  • Is the employer/onsite supervisor willing and able to meet the expectations of the placement?
  • Ask yourself, “Would I want my child to be placed at this work site?”
  • If in doubt, either do not approve the site or request a second opinion from your occupational health and safety district representative

SUPERVISOR'S ROLE

Behind every organization with a strong health and safety culture is an employer who values worker health and safety, and who empowers its leaders to foster a safe and healthy work environment for those reporting to them.

As a supervisor you have responsibility for the health and safety of the workers you supervise. You don’t have to be an expert in the law to be successful as a supervisor. You need to know your employer’s health and safety standards. Those must, at minimum, comply with the law — that’s your employer’s responsibility. You need to make sure the people you supervise are working in a way that will keep them healthy and safe. To do that, you need to understand everyone’s health and safety responsibilities. Start by understanding your own.

Supervisor’s Role:

  1. You must do everything reasonable (due diligence) to ensure the health and safety of the workers you supervise on the job.
  2. You must inform workers about any known workplace hazards, existing controls for those hazards and/or safe work practices.
  3. You must involve workers in the process of hazard identification and controls.
  4. You must make sure all workers have the proper training and equipment (tools/PPE) for the job they’re expected to do.
  5. You must know and communicate workers’ health and safety rights and responsibilities. Occupational health and safety legislation recognizes three fundamental rights:
    • The right to know about workplace hazards
    • The right to participate in hazard identification
    • The right to refuse unsafe work without negative consequence 

READY TO GET STARTED WITH AN INTERNSHIP?

Students exploring internships in skilled trades may also be eligible to fast track their training through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) Learn more.