Live Safe! Work Smart!

eNewsletter for Ontario Teachers • February 2017

Reminder: It’s Your Job submissions due March 3!

Submissions for the It’s Your Job student video contest will be accepted until March 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

It’s Your Job challenges Ontario’s secondary school students to create an original video no longer than two minutes in length that can be used in social media to show the importance of working safely on the job.

Prior to entering videos to the contest, please make sure submission packages include the following:

  • Completed and signed contest entry form
  • Working Vimeo URL that takes the contest judges directly to the video
  • Teacher sponsor/representative information and signature
  • Consent of parent or guardian if student(s) is under 18 years of age
  • Transcripts of all video spoken text

The first, second and third place teams will be awarded cash prizes - up to $2,000! In addition, each winning school will receive a prize equal to the total prize awarded to the winning video team from that school.

Please note that late entries will not be accepted. Visit the It's Your Job webpage to learn more and e-mail videocontest@ontario.ca if you have questions.

New: online safety resources for teachers

Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO)’s Safety Mindedness Teacher Training Resource is an interactive online training program that trains teachers on common safety-related issues that may arise in typical Science (Grades 9–12) and Science and Technology (Grades K–8) programs. In addition, the training program emphasizes to teachers the importance of creating a culture of safety mindedness in their classrooms.

Ontario Council for Technological Education (OCTE) has also developed a suite of safety resources for teachers. OCTE’s safety resources are subject-specific (e.g., resources are available for Construction Technology, Green Industries, Hairstyling and Aesthetics and more!) and will be of particular interest to secondary school teachers delivering the Grades 9-10 and 11-12 Technological Education curriculums.

Employment standards for students: Know Your Rights video

The Ministry of Labour has an educational video entitled Know Your Rights. The video provides viewers with an overview of core employment standards under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The ministry encourages educational institutions to use the video as a resource to help students understand their rights under the ESA. There are additional Employment Standards resources on the ministry’s website.

Know Your Rights is available on YouTube and listed among other useful videos on the Ministry of Labour’s video gallery.