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It is new season and time once again for our summer student program. Forgetting for a minute how old I feel when the new students arrive, the one thing that I take pride in is our summer student safety orientation program. It is critical to all the employees of the County of Renfrew that our summer students work experience is a positive one with an opportunity for them to learn and grow. But none of that really matters, if everyone does not treat their safety as our number one concern. I can assure you that every time that I meet every new or returning student, the one question they are sure to be asked is what is your number one priority? If they do not respond with “their safety”, we sit them down and make sure they understand that their safety has to be both of our priorities. We have extensive training programs in WHMIS and road safety, chainsaw training and office safety to name a few. Our motto related to anything that they believe may put them at risk is, if in doubt; don’t do it, ask a co-worker or supervisor. In this day and age we have the added risk and burden with the use of smart phones, texting and the distractions that they cause, we will continue to educate our students to ensure that they leave our summer employment that same way they came in; healthy and none the worse for wear, but better for the experience with us.
Human Resources staff are available to consult on a variety of workplace initiatives. Our portfolio ranges from health and wellness programs to media promotion to one on one counseling or group training. At the core of our services is the expectation that all people will be treated with dignity and respect.