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CLASSROOM GUEST SPEAKERS

Teachers and students appreciate a guest speaker who can reinforce key messages the teacher has already delivered to meet the health and safety requirements in the policy document. Some schools have established relationships with local experts to speak to their students. For those looking for community experts who can deliver a young worker safety awareness message for a school assembly or for the classroom, here are a few organizations to contact:

  1. Young Worker Awareness Program:
    Workplace Safety Prevention Services (WSPS) speakers - email ywapregistration@wsps.ca or call toll free: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777)
    Workers’ Health and Safety Centre speakers: email - ywap@whsc.on.ca
  2. Threads of Life - Workplace Tragedy Family Support Association

2013/14 It’s Your Job… safety video contest
Cash prizes for students AND their school

Get your creative students ready to create a video for this year’s Ministry of Labour workplace safety video contest. All secondary school students are eligible. Perhaps consider it as a class assignment - two of last year’s winners were collaborative efforts from Communications Technology classes.

Funny, poignant, thought provoking, animated – as long as the video is under two minutes in length and addresses workplace safety, it meets the contest requirements.

The winning video will receive $1000, $750 for second place and $500 for third place, with matching cash prizes for the winners’ school. Once again, our top Ontario videos will be entered into a Canada-wide contest to compete for additional cash prizes!

See the full contest rules and entry form.

See, share and show the 2012/13 winners. The videos produced by our talented secondary school students are available for you to download and use in your classrooms. What great conversation starters or perhaps motivation to create their video for this year’s contest.

New collection of resources for student safety education

A 10 page collection [PDF 2.32  mb] of teacher-friendly, classroom-ready interactive safety games, videos, posters and other safety awareness materials was assembled as an update to the Live Safe! Work Smart! resource for cooperative education, but is also well-suited to Career and Guidance, Technical education, and any teacher or subject area looking for fresh ideas to educate students about workplace health and safety and employment rights and responsibilities.

New Employment Standards Challenge

These three case studies will challenge your students to calculate overtime, termination and public holiday pay due to three factious workers using the Ministry of Labour’s new on-line “calculators”. Students enter the facts of the case study in the calculators to determine how much money is owed to the workers. There is a teacher guide [PDF 31  kb] with answers and a student handout [PDF 30  kb]. The activity should take 30 minutes to complete.

Coop resource

The Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources for Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning is available for download in PDF format [3.6 mb]. This resource is designed to address the emerging needs of teachers arising from the Ministry of Education's expansion of cooperative education. It replaces the coop appendix document published back in 2002. Read more...

Resources for elementary school teachers

The 200-page full-colour resource, which is in both print and CD formats, will provide lessons and activities that emphasize the fundamentals of health and safety for students at home, school, work, while volunteering, and at play. All activities are curriculum-based, most meeting multiple cross-curricular expectations. Read more...

Seven basic safety lessons

cover of Special Needs ResourceIf you need to teach students about health and safety, and have students with special needs or students who respond best to visual lessons and simple concepts, you can use our Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources for Teachers of Students with Special Learning Needs.

This coil-bound resource book provides seven simple and straightforward health and safety lessons designed, in consultation with life skills teachers, for use in teaching students who may be deaf, blind, have a learning disability, or simply need a different approach to learning. Read more...

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