The Importance of Training in the Workplace

Properly training employees presents the opportunity to expand their knowledge base, increase employee morale and keep your workers safe. Three essential courses all workplaces should implement are WHMIS, First Aid and Defensive Driving.

WHMIS is an acronym for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems. This is a national hazard communication standard. Employers are required to provide employees working with or within the vicinity of hazardous substances WHMIS training. It is the employees “Right to know.” Key elements covered in the course are hazard classification, cautionary labelling of containers, provision of material data safety sheets and worker education and training.

First Aid Safety is offered in a variety of different courses depending on the individuals need. All training is done utilizing the most up-to-date methods such as lectures, workbooks, videos and hands on exercises. For workplace safety, it is recommended to have your basic Emergency First Aid and CPR-A. This course will teach participants how to treat burns, wounds, heart attacks, external bleeding, choking and victim assessment. In addition they will learn the skills required to use an automated external defibrillator.

Being able to drive defensively in today's traffic is an extremely desired and valuable skill. Defensive driving is taking all necessary precautions to prevent incidents and injuries. The course covers the basic principles of defensive driving, attitudes effecting driving, driving impairment, driving with children, navigating intersections, properly passing and distracted driving.


Providing employees with proper training is beneficial to both the employee and employer.  Below are some of the reasons why.
• Strengthen skills
• Improved performance
• Build employee confidence
• Stronger understanding of the industry
• Generate new ideas for improvement
• Up-to-date training allows for team leaders at your organization
• Consistency – aware of the expectations and policies

Flood Prevention and Preparation

Spring has sprung! This means that Saskatchewan will be experiencing a lot of rain, increasing the risk of floods. Flooding is the most frequent natural disaster in Canada. The dangers of flooding can occur in the form of flash flooding or heavy rain falls. Flash flooding happens in an instant, leaving minimal time to react.  It is usually caused by hurricanes, aggressive storms and dams that are broken. Heavy rainfall is another form of flooding in which the ground is still frozen or has already been saturated from previous rainfalls. With this in mind, it is always a good idea to be prepared. Here is a list of safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones are equipped in the event of a flood.

  1. Place weather protector sealant around basement windows and the base of all ground level doors.

  2. Install a sump-pump to remove excess water.

  3. Install drainage for downspouts – these should be far away from the house in order for water to flow away from the house.

  4. Turn off basement furnace and gas valves.

  5. Move furniture and electrical appliances to higher levels within the house.

  6. Remove any toxic substances such as pesticide. (You do not want this spreading throughout the house if a flood occurs!)

  7. Remove toilet bowls and block sewage drains.

  8. Have an Emergency Kit easily accessible.

As mentioned previously floods can occur at any time, making it difficult to plan ahead. Always have a radio on hand, it will become useful when the power is out and you need more information on the affected areas. If you are prompted by an emergency official always do as you are told. They are the most knowledgeable in this situation and are looking out for your safety.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Survive?

Preparing yourself with a well-equipped survival safety kit can be crucial for you and your loved ones safety in the event of an emergency situation. The weather can turn at any given moment creating severe storms that alter driving conditions. Preparation is imperative for safe traveling. Before setting out in the winter, The Saskatchewan Safety Council suggests getting your vehicle ready. This includes putting winter tires on, windshield washer fluid topped off, wearing comfortable clothing for longer trips and completing a brief vehicle safety inspection. Aside from having your vehicle ready, there are many essentials to pack:

  • Fully Charged Cell Phone – This is crucial for contacting emergency responders.

  • Candles – Provide heat so that you are able to melt snow into water. Do not dehydrate yourself!

  • Waterproof Matches – You will need these to light your candle.

  • Pot or Metal Cup – This will be needed to melt the snow in.

  • Warm Blankets – Although most safety kits provide an emergency blanket, it is always a good idea to pack additional blankets from home.

  • Toque – Your body loses heat the fastest from the head. While other clothing such as mitts, scarves and extra socks are recommended, be sure to have your head covered!

  • Non-Perishable Food – Make sure to pack snacks such as granola bars and trail mix.

  • Traction – It is always a good idea to bring sand, kitty litter or carpet strips in case your vehicle becomes stuck.

  • Small Shovel – In addition to traction, you may need a small shovel to get your vehicle unstuck.

  • First Aid Supplies – In case anyone is hurt, you will have the necessary resources to help them.

  • Ice Scraper – Before attempting to drive anywhere you must make sure your windows are clear of snow enabling strong visibility.

In addition to these items, make sure you are prepared for your own personal needs. Depending on who you are traveling with, you may need to prepare for them too. For example, to ensure senior safety, pack all necessary medications.

All these safety tips may seem like a lot of work, but are fundamental when faced with an emergency crisis. Most listed supplies can be found in stores for your convenience. Saskatchewan Safety Council has winter survival kits at various price points. These can be found at


The Importance of Training in the Workplace

Flood Prevention and Preparation

Do You Have What It Takes To Survive?



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