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Tracey Leary, WCB’s Education Consultant, and grade 10 students at Halifax West High School discuss the benefits of wearing personal protective equipment on the job.


Deeper and broader understanding, whether it comes through formal education or quality workplace training, is vital in changing a culture where workplace injury has been accepted as part of the job. In the new safety culture, injuries are preventable and unacceptable.

Progress Highlights:

• The Workplace Initiatives Division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education has included foundational OHS principles in select workplace education programs.  

• An online workplace health and safety quiz and certificate for Grade 10-12 students, Safe@MyJob, was launched on the Nova Scotia Virtual School. 

• A 19-hour Marine Emergency Duties course offered by the Nova Scotia Community College School of Fisheries is now mandatory for Grade 11 and 12 students who are doing co-op education terms on or around the water.    

• Contributed to the e-text book, My Co-Op: The Guide to Co-Operative Education Success which is used by all Grade 10-12 co-op students. 

• Supported Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) in their development of a new guide, Risk Assessment for Independent Student Learning Activities in the Community, for use by all teachers with students going out on independent learning projects. 

• Designed and delivered three new workplace health and safety-related webinars for teachers of Grade 9-12:
- Risk Assessment for Independent Student Learning Projects
- Healthy Living 9: Addressing the OHS Outcome 
- Risk Assessment Requirements for 10-12 Co-Op

These webinars can be viewed on EECDs Digital Video Library

• Provided thousands of pieces of Personal Protective Equipment for students engaged in EECDs Service Learning Week (June 2-6, 2014) community-based projects.


Learn more about the other 5 initiatives of the Workplace Safety Strategy:

Leadership   Inspection and Enforcement
Safety Culture   Performance Management and Measurement
Small and Medium Enterprises


Working together to develop a 2013-2017
Workplace Safety Strategy for Nova Scotia