NAIT leads safety training for students and staff
NAIT is leading the adoption of new safety training standards for students and staff in its School of Trades. The institute has become the first post-secondary to pilot the international SafeStart program, which promotes safety awareness and skills development, complementing NAIT’s existing safety standards.
“Safety is a priority at NAIT,” said Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO. “We are very pleased to introduce yet another tool for our instructors and students that focuses on injury prevention and safety awareness. At NAIT, people matter."
SafeStart has been incorporated into the core training offered to full-time students in the School of Trades. The training is provided by 42 instructors, who have been certified by SafeStart. NAIT will track and measure the effectiveness of the pilot, specifically to see if it has had an impact on attitudes toward personal safety.
“This pilot is another example of how NAIT equips students with the most relevant skills necessary in today’s work environments,” said Alan Kabotoff, chair of NAIT’s SafeStart steering committee. “Additionally, the program underscores the importance injury prevention techniques play in our day-to-day lives. We are pleased to be involved with this very important initiative.”
Launched by consultant Larry Wilson in the 1990s, SafeStart provides awareness of the root causes of injuries and how in most cases it’s our own actions that contribute to injuries. Participants are taught error reduction techniques that can be used to reduce the risk of injury in any situation - at work, at home or on the road.
The program aligns with the institute’s long-term vision, NAIT 2021, which promises to provide a positive student experience that encompasses students’ mental, emotional and physical well-being. It also aligns with NAIT’s promise to industry to produce an exceptional skilled workforce, aligned directly to industry needs.
SafeStart is available in over 30 languages and is used in over 50 countries. More than two million people have been trained.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year wraps up its 50th anniversary celebrations.
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