We want all technological education teachers in Ontario to be able to think through the stages of their projects and learning activities they do with students. Submitting your lesson through SafetyNET means you have a reflective lens for before, during and after you have fun with your students, and protect yourself as a professional educator.
OCTE Best Practice resources are resources and lesson plans submitted by teachers like you. These resources are made available thanks to the commitment and involvement of partners from across Ontario.
SAFEdocs documents were written by OCTE members sponsored by the Ministry of Education in 2013 and align safety resources to the 2009 Technological Education curriculum document.
A .pdf print out of QR codes for teachers is available with cut lines for teachers to stick onto their classroom tools, equipment, and processes. Students will be able to view the video in a class session, re-review on their devices, listen to the .mp3 to lessen the download, or look at the video content transcription. There are lesson plans that go with each one.
Are you or someone you know considering a career as a technological educator? Check out the program at York University. To meet the needs of the candidates, the program offers a variety of delivery options, a credit for prior learning and experience, and instructors who are certified technology teachers with industry experience.
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Working in Winter Conditions
Having the correct PPE for the job is essential for safety. When selecting PPE, it’s not enough to just cover the basics and specifics of the job, but the working environment must be considered, especially if the work is outside. Each season has their own unique hazards. The cold and icy conditions associated with winter have their own. These hazards include:
· Cold Stress—Exposure to the cold can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.
· Hypothermia—The body can no longer maintain its core temperature, causing persistent shivering, confusion, and poor coordination. Cold and damp conditions accelerate this, so a type of water proof or at least water resistant clothing should be a consideration. Dressing in layers should also be considerd as it allows for adaptation to changing temperature conditions e.g. shed layers as the temperature warms or the job takes you inside for prolong periods.
· Frostbite—Parts of the body are exposed to extremely cold temperatures or come into contact with cold objects, causing the tissues to freeze. The proper selection of gloves/mitts and boots to suit the working conditions is a must. If a hardhat is required, consider an insulated liner.
· Slick and slippery surfaces —Ice, snow, slush, wet surfaces, and mud (during a thaw) can cause slips and falls. A slip on the ground can cost you weeks off work. A slip at height can cost you your life.
· Carbon monoxide (CO)—Fuel-fired heaters can release CO gas. CO is a clear, colourless gas that you can’t smell or taste. It interferes with your body’s ability to use oxygen. Even in small doses, it can kill you. Ensure that there is proper ventilation and be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Being prepared is a necessary component to ensure safety. Review the working conditions constantly and adjust as required.