Safety Symposium 2015
20 Nov 2015
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By: Nicole Linzmeyer

The 2nd SARC Safety Symposium took place on November 18 & 19 in Regina.  It was refreshing to have a conference entirely focused on the topic of safety, and to have a group of participants who were all so focused on ensuring the safety of themselves and those around them.   It was great to have everyone share their thoughts and experiences with each other and to have everyone who was there fully embrace a culture of safety.

The conference had a variety of topics of topics that pertained to both the workplace and everyday life. Sessions included:

  • Addictions in the Workplace
  • Safe Lifting
  • Violence in the workplace and keeping safe
  • Ergonomics
  • Slip, Trip, and Falls
  • Working Safely Alone
  • Distracted Driving
  • Introduction to Mental Health First Aid
  • Shiftwork Stress and Fatigue
  • Hazard Identification
  • Planning for an Emergency
  • Safety in Saskatchewan (legislation changes)
  • WHMIS/GHS 2015


We also had a very powerful opening keynote presentation by Duane Janiskevich that reminded us to never sacrifice safety in an effort to save time, effort or money.  Eldeen Pozniak was the closing keynote for the conference.  She was a great speaker with a fantastic message on safety that really brought all of the other information learned over the course of the two days into perspective.

A key message that we wanted to share at the Safety Symposium is that having a culture of safety in the workplace and at home is so important for not only yourself but for the important people in your life. We asked participants to answer one of two questions: who are you committed to safety for? Or, why are you committed to safety at home, work and play?  Participants were then asked to share their answers on social media with the hashtag #SARCSafetyPledge.  We had a number of great responses, here are just a few:


All of those that shared a photo were entered into a draw for an iPad. Congratulations to the lucky winner Bukola Adefarakan from Ranch Ehrlo Society for her big win!
A special thank you to our sponsor SHSA, who also presented on a number of the topics we had at the conference, your contributions were much appreciated in making this event a success.
We look forward to next year’s Safety Symposium, as we continue to grow a culture of safety in the non-profit sector. 


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