School Safety 101


After a comprehensive series of health and safety inspections in Ontario schools, the Ministry of Labour issued 6,600 non-compliance orders, including 283 stop work orders (June 2012). We want to help ensure you are in compliance BEFORE the new school year begins. Some areas to focus on include: proper labeling & identification, housekeeping practices, safety & facility signage, and PPE & first aid supplies. Areas like science labs must have proper chemical storage, labeling, and ventilation. Both teachers and students who could be exposed to chemical spills and injuries should be outfitted with goggles, face shields, gloves, aprons, and other applicable PPE. First aid equipment, eye wash stations, and fire extinguishers should be easily accessible and clearly indicated.

When it comes to machinery, keep in mind proper training and signage, lockout/tagout, and maintenance. Of course, cleanliness also plays a large role in student and teacher safety. In addition to stocking adequate maintenance and first aid supplies, matting in entrances and high traffic zones can help prevent accidents and improve air quality. Parking lot signs are also critical in keeping students, workers, and visitors safe. Properly identify people and equipment with Seton’s large selection of labels, tags, nameplates, badges, IDs, parking permits, and more.

Once you’ve done your part to ensure safety in and around your school, get the students involved by passing along these fun and effective classroom activities from Live Safe, Work Smart.

Back To School Safety Tips: Safe School Zones

Back to School

A student essentially has one job – go to school and get good grades. But how can you make sure they get to their “workplace” safely? What are basic back to school safety tips to consider?

Mind school zone safety signs
The most vulnerable school children are aged 5 to 14 years old. They are found to be the most at-risk for pedestrian-related injuries and fatalities. As care-free children, they are often unaware of their surroundings until it’s too late. School zone signs are important to alert drivers of school zones and the presence of children in general. Some of these signs are:

Observe posted speed limits
Slow down when nearing school zones, playgrounds, and pedestrian crossings. Children might be out and about, crossing the street, walking or bicycling without looking carefully at the street. As the responsible adult, it’s your duty to look out for children who may be in danger of getting hit by your vehicle.

Avoid overtaking other vehicles near school zones
You might not see crossing children that are hidden from view by another vehicle and the children might not see your car. It’s especially dangerous to pass a school bus when the red signal lights are flashing. An alighting student might be crossing in your direction.

Stop and wait for loading and unloading school buses
Be patient when driving behind school buses. Stop your vehicle and wait for the children to pass whether alighting or boarding.

Follow the crossing guard’s instructions Crosswalk Safety
Respect the crossing guard guiding the children crossing the street. Observe their STOP sign even if it contradicts the traffic light signals as the children would almost always trust the crossing guard to lead them to safety.

Teach children about traffic rules
There’s no better way to protect the children than to arm them with the right knowledge about traffic safety. The school and the parents should take the time to go over traffic safety dos and don’ts with the kids early on to make them aware of the hazards of the street so they can avoid accidents.

Let’s all make this year’s back to school days brighter with safer school zones for children and teens. Observe these simple back to school tips for the kids to enjoy their school year healthy and worry-free.



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