NOV
30

2021 CareerSafe National Safety Educator of the Year: Dr. Kelly Eichmann

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"Kelly's one of those teachers that's just very forward thinking. She's always looking for those opportunities for her kids that will put them in a better position ." Carisa Cordova, Learning Director, Clovis East High School From Mr. Feeny to Miss Frizzle, the media is full of depictions of that elusive unicorn of a teacher: the one who is bursting with passion for their students and the work they do. The one who goes above and beyond every day to make learning an impactful adventure. The one who changes lives. CareerSafe's National Safety Educator of the Year (NSEOTY) for 2021, Dr. Kelly Eichmann, is just such a teacher.   Dr. Eichmann is an instructor for the Patient Care Pathway at ...
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NOV
18

CareerSafe Teacher Spotlight: Forrest Hawthorn

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This month's CareerSafe Teacher Spotlight is Mr. Forrest Hawthorn of East Central High School (ECHS) in San Antonio, TX, who has found an amazing way to "electrify" his students' educational journeys. Mr. Hawthorn is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a career and technical education (CTE) teacher who emphasizes safety, including having his students complete the CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour course . As part of his work to inspire interest in Science, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) ,  Mr. Hawthorn leads a team of students in the design, construction, testing, and development of competitive electric vehicles.   ECHS students participate in the Alamo City Electrathon (ACE), whi...
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NOV
10

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Served

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On November 11, many Americans have a day off work and school for Veterans Day. CareerSafe wants to help spread the word on why it's important not to think of Veterans Day as "just another day off". What's in a name? On the 11 th hour of the 11 th day of the 11 th month of 1918, an armistice—or temporary cessation of hostilities—was declared between Allied forces and Germany in World War I. One year later, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the commemoration of Armistice Day. Armistice Day became a legal federal holiday "dedicated to the cause of world peace" in the United States in 1938. On June 1, 1954, President Eisenhower signed HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and...
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NOV
04

We're Bringing Safety Back: 94th National FFA Convention & Expo with CareerSafe and SAY

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Each year, the National FFA Convention & Expo provides opportunities for students to learn more about who they want to become and how they can prepare themselves for the future. The focus of the event is growing the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry.  This year, the   94 th National FFA Convention & Expo   returned in-person in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 27-30, 2021. The event had over 56,000 attendees , and CareerSafe was there to share the message of safety with them all! At the CareerSafe booth, students shared agriculture facts from their states, what they loved about FFA, and what they knew about agriculture safety. Additionally, CareerS...
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OCT
05

Cyber Hygiene: Top 5 Ways to Be Cyber Smart

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Technology has become an increasingly integral part of our everyday lives—it gives us invaluable tools for productivity and helps us be more efficient and connected than ever. Unfortunately, the very aspects of technology that make it so appealing and helpful can also make the digital world a gold mine for cyber criminals. With that in mind,   we'd like to recognize   Week 1 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month (Be Cyber Smart)   with some tips on cyber hygiene . What is cyber hygiene? Cyber hygiene can be thought of in much the same way as personal hygiene—it's about training yourself to think proactively about your cybersecurity, just as you do with personal wellness. Except, in...
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SEP
29

CareerSafe Teacher Spotlight: Bryan Lehocky

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During the 2020-2021 school year, educators found themselves faced with the unique challenge of delivering instruction virtually in the face of a pandemic. While there was an almost universal scramble to find the best possible solution to ensure no student was left behind, educators in places like career and technology centers (CTCs) faced the additional challenge of providing hands-on experience in a virtual world. The staff and administration at Beaver County Career and Technology Center  (BCCTC) , like so many other CTCs, had to produce a plan that was solid and efficient and would also accommodate all the districts and students within their area of service—no simple task! Staff at B...
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SEP
15

Yield Safe Results This National Farm Safety and Health Week

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The 2019 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still one of the most dangerous in America with 577 fatalities. Since fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week . This year's National Farm Safety and Health Week theme is  "Farm Safety Yields Real Results". In preparation for next week, CareerSafe wants to highlight some important topics in farm safety and education to help you know what to look for, how to be prepared, and how to respond to agricultural workplace hazards . Some impor...
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SEP
02

National Food Safety Education Month: What’s Cooking in YOUR Kitchen?

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The food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. However, certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens can contaminate food, causing foodborne illnesses, or "food poisoning". The federal government estimates there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually–that's 1 in 6 Americans. Each year, these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Luckily, following four simple steps to food safety (clean, separate, cook, chill) from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) can help lower your chances of getting sick!   CLEAN hands and surfaces often Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before...
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AUG
05

Stop on Red Week 2021: Driving Safety

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Every year, red light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries, and #StopOnRed2021 , created by the Federal Highway Administration, aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red light running and to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes. But driving safety doesn't end with stopping at red lights, and it's something every driver should keep in mind every day—not just during Stop on Red Week. No matter how skilled of a driver you are, it's a good idea to review driving safety basics from time to time just to be sure that you are keeping yourself—and other drivers and pedestrians—as safe as possible. Below are some basics to keep in mind any time you are...
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JUL
22

Making Room for Safety in the 2021-2022 School Year

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One of the most important things a teacher can do to impact the lives of their students is to make their classroom a "safe space"—both physically and emotionally. This is crucial because, for students to learn, they need to feel safe. Physical safety has even been linked to higher academic performance, fewer risky behaviors, and lower dropout rates. Because of their daily interaction with students—and their positions of influence in the lives of students—teachers play an important role in establishing a safe, supportive learning environment. In fact, positive teacher-student relationships can have long-lasting effects on the social, emotional, and academic development of youth. So, how do yo...
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JUL
07

Play it Cool with CareerSafe's Summertime Safety Tips!

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It's summertime, and COVID-19 restrictions are starting to be loosened and lifted. If getting out of your house and finally having some fun sounds appealing, you're not alone! However, emergency rooms often see twice the number of injuries and trauma in the summer that they see in the winter—with the most common injuries resulting from car crashes, severe sunburn, water sports, dehydration, and heat exhaustion.  Although we've just wrapped up National Safety Month , safety is something we should always practice—so let's brush up on some safety skills associated with common summer hazards and make this a "National Safety Summer".  Water Safety According to the National Safety Counci...
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JUN
10

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Health and Safety

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Times of struggle and challenge are often some of the greatest periods of growth, and the pandemic has certainly created plenty of challenges. However, as we have risen to meet those challenges, COVID-19 has helped shine a light on crucial changes that needed to be made in the world of health and safety. Though the lessons COVID-19 has taught us have been plentiful, a recent Safety+Health magazine article highlights two health and safety truths in particular: 1) none of us are immune to hazards, and 2) the quality of life is determined by health, more than anything. People have a common tendency to believe that the bad thing (in this case, a disease) "won't happen to me", and the pandemic ha...
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MAY
27

National Safety Month 2021: The Year of the Safety Hero

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This year marks the 25 th anniversary of National Safety Month (NSM) , an annual observance begun by the National Safety Council (NSC) with the goal of increasing public awareness of the leading safety and health risks. According to the NSC, the U.S. is currently seeing the highest number of workplace deaths since 2007—there were 5,333 fatal workplace injuries in 2019. Let's work together to get that number WAY down! Following this year's theme, The Year of the Safety Hero , NSC will be focusing on a different topic during each week of June and sharing a variety of safety resources you can use to be a safety hero. The weekly topics for NSM are:   ​ Week 1—Prevent Incidents Before They S...
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MAY
25

#KeepTeenWorkersSafe—More Than Just a Hashtag

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​The hot topic on CareerSafe's social media channels in April and May was teen worker safety. Using the hashtag #KeepTeenWorkersSafe , CareerSafe and our partners shared tips and engaged youth workers in an almost month-long conversation about workplace safety. We were thrilled to highlight so many resources for young workers—and we were a little sad when the official campaign period ended. But the conversation didn't stop in mid-May, because #KeepTeenWorkersSafe is much more than a once-a-year hashtag or social media campaign. You're probably thinking, " Then what exactly is #KeepTeenWorkersSafe? " We're so glad you asked! Laying the foundation for progress In June 2018, CareerSafe joined t...
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MAY
11

2 Million Safer—The Face Behind the Achievement!

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We recently shared CareerSafe's milestone achievement of training 2 million students in our safety programs—a HUGE accomplishment! Today, we get to introduce you to our  TWO MILLIONTH   student, Nathan Lavignette. A career and technical education student at Jefferson County High, Nathan, was the two millionth student to enroll in a CareerSafe safety course. To celebrate this accomplishment—for both Nathan AND Careersafe—we headed out to Jefferson County High to meet Nathan, his teacher, his classmates, and his family.  We brought along an OSHA 10-Hour training poster for Nathan—and his classmates who had also completed the training—to sign, honoring their dedication ...
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MAR
16

CareerSafe Celebrates 2 Million Safer!

CareerSafe Celebrates 2 Million Safer!
CareerSafe is thrilled to reach another milestone! In 2017 we were proud to share our achievement of training over 1 million students in our safety programs, and now, four years later, we have doubled our impact! CareerSafe is now TWO MILLION SAFER and growing! From coast to coast, even in the midst of a global pandemic, students and teachers have been able to use our online safety training as a resource to keep students safe not just on the job, but in all aspects of their lives. We have been fortunate enough to witness first-hand how these dedicated educators continue to pledge to their students the importance of having a CareerSafe classroom with our OSHA 10-Hour programs. The continuous ...
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FEB
23

Teacher Tuesday: Ed Walton

Teacher Tuesday: Ed Walton
  Approximately an hour east of the capital in central Illinois is the largest city in the country seat of the state, the historical city of Decatur. There, at Eisenhower and MacArthur High School, Mr. Ed Walton is the Industrial Technology Instructor. Mr. Walton teaches Construction Trades and is in his fourth year of teaching this program. The program is fairly new to the district, Mr. Walton said the focus of his program is not only teach his students skills related to constructing a house but exposing his students to networking opportunities for when they graduate. Mr. Walton values the importance of hard work. He began his journey towards his construction career after he serve...
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FEB
02

Teacher Tuesday: Ron Streit

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  Way up North, where the North Dakota and Minnesota border collide is the city of Fargo, home of the Eagles. There, at Fargo Davies High School, Ron Streit is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Instructor, as well as the SkillsUSA Advisor. Ron Streit has been a teacher for 31 years. In the beginning of his career, he worked as a teacher in Grenora, North Dakota and as a contractor to learn many different skills. Streit launched his own business, Ron's Home Repair, back in 1994. This was a way to make an income during the summer break and has since created a reputable name for himself in the community. He now works with homeowners, teaching them how to remodel and make repairs. In...
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JAN
27

2020 Q4 National Youth Safety Essay Scholarship Contest Winners Announced!

2020 Q4 National Youth Safety Essay Scholarship Contest Winners Announced!
Each quarter, CareerSafe® hosts a scholarship opportunity for students that have completed a CareerSafe course. Students are encouraged to create a written or video essay describing how the OSHA 10-Hour training has made an impact in the way they recognize hazards and how it will be a benefit to their future. Quarter 4 of the National Youth Safety Essay Scholarship Contest had some outstanding essay entries! The four essays that were selected stood out from the rest, demonstrating the significance behind the opportunity our OSHA 10-Hour training courses provide. Congratulations to our Quarter 4 winners: Dylan Forshee from HSRYC Vocational Studies Jemil Johnson from Hogan Street Alternative A...
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DEC
09

Congratulations to the Seven Finalists for the 2020 Safety Educator of the Year Award!

Congratulations to the Seven Finalists for the 2020 Safety Educator of the Year Award!
Each year, CareerSafe highlights the top safety educators in the country who go above and beyond to teach their students the importance of safety education as not just a tool, but a skill for life.   This year,  CareerSafe  received 40 nominations of outstanding educators from all over the country ! Of those 40 interviewed, our team had the extremely difficult task of narrowing down the finalists. We would like to c ongratulations the se seven finalists for the 2020 Safety Educator of the Year Award! James Buck , Wayne Technical & Career Center Mr. James Buck is a Residential Wiring Instructor and has been a teacher for 25 years! Mr. Buck is a huge advocate for the Ca...
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