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THE SAFETYS: NOMINATIONS FOR SAFETY CHAMPION 2021

 

The Safetys were created to recognize significant contributions to Manitoba’s occupational safety and health at one signature event. Again this year, The Safetys awards gala will be held virtually, with the awards being announced at thesafetys.ca on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Learn more about The Safetys

Learn about last year’s Safety Champion: Chris Herrera, Shop Foreman at Capital Ford  Lincoln

The S2SA Safety Champion Award

The S2SA Safety Champion Award serves to recognize an individual’s dedication to health and safety in the sales and service industry in Manitoba. This award is for any individual and is not limited to those who are employed in a safety-specific capacity within their organization.

The nominated individual must be employed with a member of the Sales and Service Safety Association (S2SA).

S2SA Safety Champion – Nomination Application 2021

Submit Complete Nomination Form

Halloween Safety

Picture of snowy trees against the sky during winter.

As people begin to plan celebrations, it is important to take precautions to prevent COVID-19. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household are a low-risk alternative to traditional gatherings.

Those who feel unwell should not take part in in-person celebrations of any kind. Use the COVID-19 screening tool before participating in activities.

Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treaters

  • Those who feel unwell should not participate,
  • Trick-or-treat with people from your social bubble,
  • Keep physical distancing from other groups, take turns and wait until any group ahead is gone,
  • Sanitize hands frequently,
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on,
  • Maintain physical distancing,
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds when you get home,
  • Always examine the treats and toys that are brought home before giving them to your children
  • Let the candy sit for 24 hours, or sanitize the wrappers, before eating,
  • Throw out any candy that’s open, has torn packaging, or appears homemade.

If you don’t feel comfortable with your kids going trick-or-treating, consider putting together a Halloween treat treasure or scavenger hunt in your home!

Giving out Candy

  • Provide wrapped, store-bought treats only,
  • Use tools such as tongs or a candy chute to distribute candy at a distance,
  • Do not use a common candy bowl for kids to take from,
  • Wear a non-medical mask when giving out candy,
  • Maintain physical distancing.

If you don’t feel comfortable handing out candy but still want to participate, consider putting together candy goody-bags for children in your social bubble!

Costumes

COVID and Costumes

  • Having a costume mask on top of a non-medical mask may not be safe,
  • A costume mask is not a substit​ute for a non-medical mask unless it has multiple layers of breathable fabric and covers the mouth and nose snugly,
  • Try incorporating a non-medical mask into your costume (do not paint though, as this can prevent easy breathing),
  • Ensure costume does not require frequent adjustments that involve touching the face,
  • Children under the age of two should not wear a non-medical mask.

Safe Costumes

  • Masks should not obstruct vision,
  • Dress for the weather, plan your costume with cold-weather in mind,
  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant,
  • If out after dark, fasten reflective tape to children’s costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks,
  • Make sure Halloween Makeup / Facepaint is nontoxic,
  • Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement.

Celebrations

Consider Alternatives to Parties

At any gatherings, individuals must practice good hand hygiene, maintain appropriate physical distancing, and adhere to any current gathering size restrictions.

  • Pumpkin carving and decorating where individual pumpkins and tools are provided,
  • A costume parade where physical distancing can be maintained,
  • Attending Haunted Houses/Ghost Tours/Corn Mazes/Pumpkin Patches that follow restrictions.

Virtual Parties

Keep your holiday traditions, but rethink them to keep everyone safe.

  • Video chat with friends and family to show off costumes and play games,
  • Netflix party a scary Halloween movie with friends.

For bonus points, include Halloween themed snacks and drinks! Share the recipes ahead of time with your fellow virtual partiers.

Published: October 26, 2020

“Holiday and Celebration Information”, Province of Manitoba, https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/holidays.html

“Halloween safety: Tips for families”, Caring for Kids, October 2019, https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/halloween_safety

“Halloween & COVID-19: Have Fun While Staying Safe”, Healthy Children.org, 10/5/2020, https://healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Halloween-COVID-Safety-Tips.aspx

“Halloween Health & Safety Tips”, Healthy Children.org, 10/5/2020, https://healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx

“Simple Steps for an Extra Safe Halloween”, The National Safety Council,https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/tools-resources/family-safety-health

“Holiday Celebrations”, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Sept. 21, 2020,https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

“Halloween safety”, Government of Canada, 2015-10-26,https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-safety/halloween-safety.html

Everyday Self-Care

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July 24 is International Self-Care Day—an opportunity to raise awareness about self-care and the important role it plays in leading a healthy lifestyle. The date chosen for International Self-Care Day (24/7) is a reminder that self-care is important to lifelong health, and its benefits are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mental Well-being

Mental wellbeing includes areas such as life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support. Taking time for self-care builds confidence, relieves stress, and lays a foundation for wellness.

Try to incorporate the following into your routine:

And even combine a few to really maximize time!

Me-Time

Take time for yourself! Spend it on a hike, with your pet, and at-home spa day, or curled up with a good book. Take a break!

Social Time

Take time to connect with the people who matter to you, however possible. Spending time with people who you love and trust can reduce stress and improve your mood.

Sleep Time

While most adults are recommended six to eight hours of sleep each night, everyone is different. Check-in with yourself to see if you need more sleep and stick to a schedule.

Nature Time

Spend time surrounding yourself with greenery and nature.

Exercise Time

Exercise has proven physical and mental benefits: it can help you get stronger, reduce your risk of heart disease, and help to manage depression and anxiety.

Pet Time

Spending time with your pet can increase levels of feel-good hormones like serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin which is beneficial for your mental wellness by decreasing stress and mitigating symptoms of anxiety.

Meditation Time

Live in the moment. Meditation is all about paying attention to the present moment. Making meditation a regular habit is beneficial for managing stress!

Healthy Eating Time

Getting enough fruits and vegetables can be a great first step to jump-start your mental wellness. If you’re looking to dive in even further, look to incorporate specific mood-boosting foods into your diet. Foods like leafy greens and citrus are packed with vitamin B, a proven mood-booster. It also helps to stick to a schedule when possible.

Creative Time

Getting creative has greater mental wellness benefits than admiring others’ work. Whether your art is painting, expressive writing, photography, or knitting, it can help you understand, acknowledge and regulate your emotions. Absolutely no artistic ability necessary.

Learn More About Mental Health Self-Care
Learn About the 7 Pillars of Self-Care