OSIP.ca is proud to call many of the leading organizations in workplace health and safety our partners. For SIP (Student Injury Prevention) leads in schools and boards, these groups offer valuable resources and services ranging from safety standards in Health and Physical Education to online training in joint health and safety committees.
Important note: some of these organizations offer a combination of free and fee-based resources and services, and/or require membership to access certain content.
PSHSA is committed to creating safe work environments and promoting healthy workers in Ontario. By staying ahead of emerging needs, knowledge and trends, and developing forward-thinking occupational health and safety solutions, they are continuously innovating to identify better ways to educate, inform and inspire better workplaces. PSHSA works with schools, colleges, universities, museums and other educational and cultural organizations to provide current and evidence-backed training methods for health and safety requirements.
The Ontario Art Education Association is dedicated to the promotion of exemplary art practices in both Elementary and Secondary schools in Ontario. The Association enhances learning standards through professional development such as conferences, regional workshops, seminars, research and publications. OAEA operates as a non-profit, charitable organization providing leadership and advocacy for the development and support of Visual/Media Arts in education in Ontario. Their resources include curriculum guides and lesson plans that highlight safety considerations and previous experience necessary when engaging in activities such as ceramics, painting and stage design.
The OCTE is a provincial organization that represents, supports and advocates for Technological Education, teachers and students to ensure that the needs of the local, national and global communities are reflected. For student injury prevention administrators seeking to ensure safe learning practices, OCTE offers free videos and resource downloads on topics such as soldering, using a router, knife handling, and kitchen cross-contamination.
The Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) is a school board owned, non-profit insurance program with 118 members, representing 78 school boards/school authorities and 40 Joint Ventures in Ontario. The primary goals of the Exchange are to insure member school boards against losses, and to promote safe school practices. OSBIE offers resources, webinars, in-school presentations and other services to help boards reduce the risk of serious injury on their properties.
OASPHE is comprised of “educators who provide a strong voice to lobby, advocate and support the development and delivery of quality curriculum in Health and Physical Education.” The organization advocates for the development of quality Health and Physical Education Curriculum and the delivery of quality Health and Physical Education and provides support and leadership for Health and Physical Education Leaders. Among its resources is Foundations for a Healthy School, which includes valuable strategies and activities related to Personal Safety and Injury Prevention.
CCOHS is Canada’s national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety. The organization’s mandate is to “promote workplace health and safety and encourage attitudes and methods that will lead to improved worker physical and mental health, through a wide range of products and services.” Of particular interest to SIP leads is CCOHS’ Young Workers Zone, designed to address the need to reduce consistently high level of injuries and illnesses incurred by new and young Canadian workers. In addition, CCOHS’s free (and confidential) SAFETY INFOLINE provides person-to-person online/phone information services. Users will also find easy to read question-and-answer fact sheets covering a wide range of workplace health and safety topics, from hazards and diseases to ergonomics and workplace promotion.
Established in 1890, STAO is an incorporated non-profit organization that works to stimulate and improve the teaching of science in Ontario, co-ordinate the activities of its members, and disseminate information related to science teaching. The association has four strategic directions: provide professional learning opportunities and resources to educators; advocate for excellence in the development and implementation of the Ontario curriculum; recruit and retain a large, diverse membership; and, develop and maintain relationships with partners. STAO’s safety/injury prevention resources cover such topics as Lab Ventilation, Eye Wash Stations, Bunsen Burner Clamping, and Disposal of Hazardous Materials.
Not to be confused with CODE, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (and managers of this site), the goal of the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators is to “encourage and support the development of drama and dance in education in Ontario.” Among the ways it does this is to: promote strong arts education in schools and communities across Ontario; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among those involved in drama and dance in education; provide leadership and advocacy in drama and dance in education; provide professional development in those involved in drama and dance in education; and, cooperate with existing arts agencies and education organizations.
“Healthy schools, healthy communities” is the goal of this not-for-profit organization, whose vision is that all kids value, participate in and make a lifelong commitment to healthy active living. OPHEA produces the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education (also known as OPASSE), an important guide that documents the minimum standards for risk management practices for school boards in Ontario. These standards focus the attention of teachers, intramural supervisors, and coaches on safe practices, in every activity, to minimize the element of risk.
OASBO brings together dedicated professionals who are committed to collaborative development, sharing and promotion of leading business practices in the support of our students. The association’s Health and Safety Committee deals with issues that include education safety; occupational health; and legislation, regulations, and standards. At its regular meetings, the committee focuses on professional development, networking, increased relations with the ministry and other potentials for professional growth.
WSPS is a not-for-profit organization committed to protecting Ontario workers and businesses. For schools, WSPS provides inspections of Technological Education facilities such as Manufacturing, Transportation, Hospitality, Cosmetology, Communications and Green Industries, identifying a broad range of hazards including machine operations, handling of chemicals and fall hazards. WSPS also provides inspection services for science labs, and chemical storage/preparation areas. Free downloads of safety checklists and other related materials can be found in the WSPS resource area.
The goal of the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association is to improve the lives of Ontario workers. IHSA provides resources and training that controls and eliminates safety hazards in work environments involving high-risk activities. The association’s focus on workers, and providing them with the tools to Work Safe for Life, applies equally to students in school labs and shops such as Construction Technology. As part of Ontario’s health and safety system, IHSA is recognized by the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as designated trainers and consultants (training provided by IHSA meets regulatory requirements and compliance standards).