Safety is the number one concern when it comes to a co-op work placements. The concern is not limited to physical injury to the student and/or co-workers, and/or damage to property and equipment. Company security issues and safety of host's clients, patients and customers are also premium. Issues relating to confidentiality, liability and even violence and sexual abuse are some of the very serious concerns associated with some placements. Below will attempt to identify what must be done in order to qualify for various placements, but first:
to watch this video
to see how real and how important it is to be aware and properly
trained in the work place.
This video below has
some graphics and language that some may find offensive
So that you don't become a statistic,
requirements for all co-ops:
Emergency 1st Aid
These tickets are also very common requirements in the workplace and post secondary training and educational entry requirements.
|<< Co-op students log in to take your WHMIS certification course and OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety Orientation).|
An alternative certificate =
St. John Ambulance WHMIS
which is also done online,
- technically it doesn't expire, but is encouraged to be refreshed every 2-3 yrs.
Here are a few workplace safety stats for you to think about: According to the government of Canada;
Categorical Placement Requirements:
|Career Types||Special Requirements||Descriptions and where and how you might obtain these requirements|
|Police Checks:||Healthcare, education and security type
co-ops often require Police checks including vulnerable sector check. It only takes about 15 minutes to
obtain one at the Inverness RCMP depot. You must present
>>>> a photo ID, like your drivers license, along
with either health card or birth certificate for them to do the check.
It is best to call ahead (902-258-2213) to insure you may be accommodated.
|Child Abuse Register Check||<<<< "Click" for instructions and to download PDF form needed to be processed prior to any placement at a daycare centre, school or other places such dealing with early childhood intervention.|
|NS Food Handling||Students in a culinary arts (restaurant, bakery or food production) will need to obtain their Food Handling Certificate. application form>>> http://www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/pdfs/foodhandlersyd.pdf|
|Marine Related:||Special note:
We require that all marine related co-ops students obtain:
TEST YOURSELF<<<"CLICK" to test your safety readiness for your placement by taking safety quizzes pertaining to your workplace environment.
The total cost of workplace accidents in Canada is estimated at
$10 billion per year. In Nova Scotia, the cost of workers'
compensation claims alone totalled more than $100 million in1995.
The construction industry has the country's highest
number of fatalities, with one worker killed every
2-1/2 days on average, or about 145 deaths annually.
Manufacturing industries have the worst reported
injuries record, running at 296 daily, or about
108,055 reported time-loss injuries in 1996.
http://www.worksafeforlife.ca/doit.php?cat=Body%20of%20Evidence <<<Click on the body parts to get the stats on juries.
The expectation for a work placement is that the experience will provide the student a good understanding of the conditions, duties, skills, risks and responsibilities associated with a career as an employee with that company in that field. This may develop as a result of various combinations of observation, training and practice. Many things affect the degree of participation on behalf of the student such as union restrictions, availability of training opportunity, available work for paid employees, skill, costs of material and most importantly;... SAFETY.
Remembering that it isn't just about the student, the employer is a player and is expected to get some kind of return for their investment in time, training and so on.
Successful Workplace Attitudes & Behaviours
- Importance of Positive Attitudes in Work & School
♦ The importance of a Positive Attitude in getting hired, enjoying work, and being successful
♦ The meaning of job success – doing your job well, being part of a team, enjoying your work
♦ Thinking Positively – everyone controls their own attitudes and behavior. Avoid negatives,
look for positive options in work situations
- Be There
♦ The consequences of being late, missing work, or calling in sick as an excuse
♦ Keeping your employer informed at all times
♦ Meeting and exceeding your employer’s expectations
- Keeping Your Focus
♦ Keeping your mind on the job
♦ Avoiding non work talk or dealing with personal business at work
♦ Focusing on safety and efficiency at work
- Doing Your Very Best
♦ Showing initiative in work situations
♦ Always trying to improve knowledge and skills
♦ Setting reasonable goals then working to meet them
- Accepting Guidance and Direction
♦ Following procedures and standard practices
♦ Asking for help, directions, or instructions
♦ Accepting advice & criticism.
- Being Flexible
♦ Being willing to do “extra”
♦ Being ready to step up and help when needed
♦ Knowing how to balance your own and other’s needs
- Staying Calm
♦ Controlling your emotions
♦ Making constructive suggestions
♦ Learning, practicing and using good communication
- Looking After Yourself
♦ Being ready for work – sleep and exercise
♦ Avoiding abuse of alcohol and drugs
♦ Managing and reducing stress
♦ Respecting employer’s time and property
♦ Importance of completing work tasks
♦ Being honest with yourself and others
- Positive Attitudes Work
♦ Positive attitudes are noticed by others
♦ Positive attitudes lead to more interesting work and better jobs
♦ Positive attitudes create enjoyment and success