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Knowing how to properly insert an earplug will pay off in the bedroom and in the workplace. The later leading to an increase in the possibility that you may actually be able to hear your grandchildren wish you a happy birthday.
The definition of “community” is a group of people living in the same place or having a characteristic in common and a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Here at the Saskatchewan Safety Council, we are dedicated to the prevention of injury across our province, creating a province of safety excellence! Do we want everyone to make safety their number one priority? Yes, absolutely! With your help, we can spread the word and spread the action, prevent injury in Saskatchewan… at home, at play, and at work. Being out in the community, allows me to engage and interact with others, show the great work we are trying to accomplish and hear feedback on what is needed in the communities as well.
My name is Amanda LePine and I am the Community Relations Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Safety Council. Born and raised here in Regina, I’ve seen how the city has changed and how it has grown. I love our city, and am proud to be a city-girl from Regina, SK. Every day, I learn more about the places, people and cultures that are in the community. Interacting with people brings me such joy and being out in the community, learning new things, and building relationships is what excites me about future possibilities.
Lavina Wagner, our Content Specialist and I have been busy safety bees the last couple of months- making connections, taking video footage and pictures for our content that we are working hard to create. We are creating informative safety videos for the simple tasks that you may do every day, but are we doing the task safely? Riding a bike, wearing a helmet, and using your stair case at home, are you holding the railing when going up or down? Do you have a railing installed? Tips and tricks on how to be cautious in your bathroom, living room, laundry room and outside of your home, having tools and checklists in place will allow you to be prepared for a potential hazard, and to realize something you do every single day may not be the safest way to complete the task at hand.
That’s what Darlene helped us with, doing what she does every day on video: laundry, walking up and down the stairs, making a cup of coffee, folding towels, simple tasks that will help us build our content for our informational videos! Lavina and I arranged a meeting with a roofing professional named David who has been roofing since he was 17 years old. He allowed us take footage of him preparing for a roofing job, showed us how to safely wear and assemble a harness. Are you safe for the job and using
Adventuring out into the community we made connections with the Regina Senior Centre on Winnipeg Street. We were fortunate to attend one of their afternoons of dance, three hours of polka, line dancing and meeting those who took time out of their day to attend this amazing event (which is open to all ages by the way!).
Lavina and I boogied to the music and bless miss Gladys’ heart who tried to teach me to line dance, but I have two left feet (which I inherited from my mother, thanks mom!). Then we joined the fellas in the Pool Room and got to chat with those who have been going to the center for years. To play, they purchase tickets or become members with the center, but when you hit the age of 90, you play for free!
Mr. Abel was celebrating his 91st birthday on April 17, 2019. We got to sing him happy birthday and enjoy some delicious cake! Gabe, an 88-year-old member has been coming to the center for years. You can find him in the Pool Room every Wednesday and Friday enjoying a good game of pool with great people, staying active and having fun while doing so.
I look forward to meeting and interacting with others in our community. We want to share your story, share your ideas, and the work we have done… together. In the meantime, don’t be a stranger, you can connect with me at any time, we are all part of this community.
Today, the Saskatchewan Safety Council is hosting the second annual ‘Cade Sprackman Safety Day’ at Hudson Bay Community School.
Students participating in this one-day event have previously completed online safety education through the Career Safety Education program and will further expand their knowledge by learning about Fall Protection and Fire Safety from the Saskatchewan Safety Council, Lockout and Control of Hazardous Energy with Weyerhaeuser, and Eye Protection, Ladder Safety, Hazard Recognition and Head Protection from Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA).
As an additional sponsorship, Weyerhaeuser will also provide a BBQ lunch for the entire Hudson Bay Community School.
On January 27th, 2015, Cade Sprackman was killed at his workplace. Michelle, Cade’s mom, said, “I remember him and I talking about what sort of work he would be doing. I asked him about safety and he assured me it was safe. I will never forget the night the RCMP came to the door with news that Cade had died. All they could tell me was that it was an industrial accident that had happened at work. They knew no details.”
Michelle has advocated for youth safety in the workplace and supports Career Safety Education for youth. “Career safety education is so vitally important. Cade naively saw his workplace as safe as he had nothing to compare it to. His employer told him it was safe and so he believed it. We all think that someone has our back; that systems are in place to keep us safe. Systems are only as good as the people behind them and people are fallible. Just like we have to be defensive drivers today, we have to be defensive on the worksite as well.”
Cade, who was raised and educated in Hudson Bay, was creative and imaginative and loved the arts as well as gaming and cinema. He aspired one day to work in the arts as a cinema director.
A video on Cade's story can be viewed on YouTube.
Career Safety Education encourages the development of awareness, attitudes and habits which result in a culture of safety affecting both workplace and home life. Career Safety Education is the first program of its kind in North America, providing universal access to safety training to all youth in Saskatchewan. Thanks to generous partners, the training is completely FREE for youth between 14 and 21 years of age.
Career Safety Education is comprised of Young Worker’s Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC), Mental Health - Wellness Strategies, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), and an elective from the following: Agriculture: Online Agriculture Training System (OATS), Heavy Construction Roadbuilders: Roadbuilders Safety Training System (RSTS), Trades and Building Construction: Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT), and Healthcare: Workplace Assessment and Violence Education (WAVE).
Amanda LePine, Community Relations Coordinator, at the Saskatchewan Safety Council is grateful that the Sprackman Family is sharing their story. She comments that “Cade Sprackman had a vision and dreams to do what he loved. Parents, youth and employers need to hear his story and work to promote safety for youth while at work. We are honoured to be a part of the Cade Sprackman Safety Day and thankful for the support of partners and sponsors. Hopefully hearing Cade’s story will help to prevent youth injuries and fatalities in the workplace.”
The Cade Sprackman Safety Day is an annual event. To be involved, contact the Council at 306-757-3197.
Cade Sprackman Safety Day Schedule
Volunteer Application Request - The Saskatchewan Safety Council is accepting volunteer applications from those interested in participating in the creation of multi-media content which will be published and distributed via our website and social media properties.
Opportunities vary greatly from simply being the subject of a safety video participating in an activity you regularly participate in, to playing a role with an assigned script. You may be just another face in a crowd or the primary subject with a safety message to deliver. You need only be comfortable with being photographed, or filmed, and willing to sign a release and non-disclosure agreement. Beyond that, you determine which projects you are a part of and how.
We need all ages from all walks of life in settings both rural and city. Topics include farming, sport / recreational activities, traffic, in-home and home maintenance safety, and workplace safety.
Be a part of the #SafeChoice movement. Learn more about the ways you can volunteer by visiting http://www.sasksafety.org/about-us/volunteer
Did you know our province spends millions treating injuries associated with home falls? Taking the time to ensure your loved ones are as safe as possible at home could save you more than just money.
The most common reason for permanent and total disability is falls. There have been years in which falls have cost the province of Saskatchewan over 300 million dollars. Residential falls in 2010 cost the province 153 million. The most common reason for injury around the home is a slip, trip, or fall. Find fall prevention resources here.
Lavina Wagner is the Saskatchewan Safety Council's new Content Specialist.
Got an idea for a new spin on an old safety message? She'll help tell the story.
Want to talk about what bugs you or the safe choices you make everyday that you feel others should also be making? Leave a comment.
Want to set a safe example? Send us a message
During the 46th Industrial Safety Seminar, Tricia Gibney, CRSP, was named and honored as the 2018 Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year. Tricia, HSE Supervisor at PCL Construction, has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of safety and finds many ways to give back to the profession.
Tricia graduated with a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Alberta, a diploma in Civil Engineering, and has achieved the Gold Seal standard as a Construction Safety Coordinator during her 14 years of work related to safety.
An active volunteer, Tricia serves as Chairperson of the Saskatoon Regional Screening Centre for the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, is a member of the CSSE Northern Lights Executive and an active member of the Saskatchewan Safety Council Industrial Safety Seminar Steering Committee. Tricia works with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic OHS Program Advisory Group and volunteers with for the Saskatchewan Public Works Association annual conference and the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association.
“I was rendered as speechless as I could possibly be with this”, Tricia commented about receiving notification of the award.
Although Tricia has spent hours helping to mentor others by facilitating study groups, taking on practicum students and speaking at conferences, she placed great emphasis on her mentors during her acceptance speech. She said one mentor taught her to listen while another instilled in her the importance of speaking up. She closed with this advice for those new to the safety profession, “You cannot do this alone. You can try but it will not work. You must build your team and they will take you.”
In the community, industry and worksite, Tricia exemplifies the Professional in Safety Professional.
Presented annually and first awarded in 1985, the Ed Amaolo Memorial Award, was named in honor of its first recipient. It is a joint award of the Northern Light and South Saskatchewan Chapters of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and the Saskatchewan Safety Council.
The Safety Professional of the Year Award is designed to give recognition to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of Health and Safety in Saskatchewan.
By recognizing those who have made significant contributions, it is hoped that it will help promote the art and science of safety and inspire others to do the same.
Nominations are submitted by the 2 CSSE Chapters as well as individuals, companies and other organizations. Nominations are open to any safety professional.
These nominations are then sent to a selection committee. The nominees are evaluated using an objective scoring system to determine a winner. The selection committee is made up of CSSE members and Safety Council representatives.
The award has been presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the safety field in a single year and has also been presented to those people who have made outstanding contributions throughout their career.
Visit this page to nominate someone for Safety Professional of the Year.
This past February during the Industrial Safety Seminar, Mr. Ed Dyna, a pillar within the province and across Canada for the safety profession and beyond, was inducted into the Volunteer category of the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame.
Ed has actively volunteered with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering every year since 1986. In that time, he served on every position of the Executive for the Northern Lights chapter, including as Chair Person. He also served as the national Regional Vice President of CSSE, representing Saskatchewan and Manitoba for 4 years. He was co-chair of the national CSSE Professional Development conference for four years and was Chair of other committees including the National Committee on Advocacy of the Safety Professional and the #NAOSHWeek national committee.
Ed has volunteered with:
Learn more about the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame