New Brunswick partnership to create safest-possible learning environment
By Anthony Capkun
November 8, 2013 – A new partnership in New Brunswick among WorkSafeNB, the Dept. of Education and Early Childhood Development, and the Dept. of Post-Secondary Education, Training & Labour has been developed to ensure schools have “the safest-possible learning environment”.
The collaborative effort is underway as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Marie-Claude Blais (photo left), education and early childhood development minister; Jody Carr (photo right), post-secondary education, training & labour minister; and WorkSafeNB president and CEO Gerard Adams (photo middle).
“Studies show that young workers are at greater risk of injury than their more senior colleagues,” said Adams. “Reaching students at an early age can ingrain safety behaviours that will promote a stronger workplace culture for future generations.”
Under the agreement, WorkSafeNB will, among other things, collaborate with the Dept. of Education & Early Childhood Development to ensure vocational classrooms are safe by helping teachers and schools develop and sustain safe procedures when operating equipment and storing materials; provide professional learning in subject areas, such as skilled trades, co-op education and science to enhance safety practices in schools and work-related placements; and partner with the New Brunswick Construction Safety Association to provide online learning opportunities.
“I commend and thank the New Brunswick Construction Safety Association for its generosity and its willingness to partner with the department, developing and providing online learning resources for the benefit of students and staff,” said Blais. “The association’s contribution is greatly appreciated.”