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Nova Scotia introduces workplace safety curriculum for all Grade 9 students

Starting in the fall, every Grade 9 student in Nova Scotia will be taught how to prevent workplace injuries thanks to new curriculum based on a pilot project.

The program focusing on the importance of workplace health and safety was piloted to 330 Grade 9 students, and their teachers met with the Department of Education earlier this month to discuss the benefits and identify any necessary revisions.

The curriculum consists of eight-hours in-class instruction, which is part of the compulsory Healthy Living 9 course.

“My students now recognize a safety hazard when they see it, and they understand the consequences of saying nothing,” said John Hells, a teacher at Malcolm Munroe Junior High School in Sydney River, N.S. “My students have told me that they are bringing more concerns forward in their part-time jobs, and it is my hope that they will carry these important skills throughout their careers.”

“By teaching young people their rights, we are encouraging the open dialogue and discussions needed to create safer work environments,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Education and Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “The number of workplace injuries among youth is unacceptable, and I am glad to know that all Grade 9 students in the province will have this awareness and these important skills as they enter the workforce.”

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