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Issue: # 8       August/2014
AWARE-NS and WCB will be co-leading several Workshops on How to use the Resource Guide: Steps for Safety This Fall. See details below.
Message from the Executive Director

 We are stepping into Fall and hitting the ground running with the launch of  the "Workplace  Violence Prevention Program: Steps for Safety" training and education sessions, which is being co-presented by AWARE-NS and WCB. Check out the latest additions for  OHS education and training on our website as more  Self-Directed Learning modules have been developed and uploaded to the AWARE-NS website .


We are looking forward  to the Annual General Meeting being held  September  25th, 2014 so, please mark the date! Our keynote speaker will be Kevin Kelloway PhD., St Mary's University, presenting "Leadership Qualities that Support Safety in the Workplace" 


We  have settled in to our new office  and  are very happy with our new surroundings!  We are still working out some fine details and we will have  signage up soon, so you can easily find us! We  are located in a shared space model with Safety Services Nova Scotia, 201 Brownlow Ave.


The newsletter is packed with training dates, tools, resources and newsy items. Something for everyone.

Workplace Violence Prevention: Steps for Safety


Violence effects the safety and security of employees, residents and visitors at your organization. It claims a high personal cost from the emotional trauma and physical injury experienced by victims, their families and co-workers. Violence also brings high costs to the employer, including increased absenteeism, higher sick leave costs, lost productivity, high employee turn-over, higher insurance premiums and increased WCB premiums.


The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Violence in the Workplace Regulations (N.S. Reg. 209/2007) requires designated employers to identify the risks associated with workplace violence and manage them accordingly. Acts of violence do not necessarily require intent to harm. In healthcare and community services, it is often while providing client or patient care that a situation of workplace violence can arise.


AWARE-NS and WCB have been working in partnership with a provincial working group with representation from long term care, adult residential care and regional residential care, is sharing best practices and consolidating resource materials for use in health care and community services. Our focus has been to develop workplace violence prevention resources to support workplaces in their efforts to reduce incidents of workplace violence. These resources will assist employers to ensure a comprehensive violence prevention plan is developed and that best practices to develop the skills of workers to minimize risk factors associated with workplace violence are shared.


The first three steps of the resource guide have been completed and AWARE-NS and WCB will be co-leading workshops around the province to help facilitate  the implication of these elements of the program in your organization.


Dates and locations of Workshops.

Sept 12   9 am-12 noon        Halifax

Sept 17   9 am-12 noon        Bridgewater

Sept 22   1 pm-4 pm             Port Hawkesbury

Sept 23   9 am-12 noon        Sydney

Sept 26   9 am-12 noon        Amherst

Sept 30   9 am-12 noon        Berwick

Oct  7      9 am-12 noon        Yarmouth

Oct 10     9 am-12 noon        Truro

Oct 15     1 pm-4 pm              Antigonish




The AWARE-NS AGM will be held on September 25, 2014 from 9:30-11:30 at Ivany Place in Bedford. To RSVP for this event please contact:


FREE-Online Training!!


We would like to introduce our NEW Self-Directed Learning  Center.




Safety Accountability Full (50 Minutes)


Safety Accountability Mini Module  1 (10-15 min)

Safety Accountability Mini Module  2 (10-15 min)

Safety Accountability Mini Module  3 (10-15 min)

Safety Accountability Mini Module  4 (10-15 min)



Internal Responsibility System. (50 Minutes)


Internal Responsibility System  Mini Module 1 (10-15 Min)

Internal Responsibility System  Mini Module 2 (10-15 Min)

Internal Responsibility System  Mini Module 3 (10-15 Min)

Internal Responsibility System  Mini Module 4 (10-15 Min)


We offer each topic in the full 50 Minute training session as well as the  Mini Modules that are 10 minutes- 15 minutes in length.


You go to our website watch the video, answer the question and completed the registration from and submit. AWARE-NS will send the certificate of completion to your organization.