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Girls night out and safety

By Calissa Reid

If you told me one year ago that I would be talking to my friends about workplace safety I wouldn’t have believed you. I’ve always thought safety is important—I don’t want to see anybody get hurt— but like most young people, safety wasn’t exactly front of mind. Over time, a job becomes a big part of your life, and I’ve been surrounded by safety talk since I joined the Heads Up team last May. I’d say it’s pretty natural for safety to have become an interest of mine.

Because safety is important to me, I recently asked my two closest girlfriends what safety means at their jobs. I thought that it was going to be a one-sided conversation, because who really wants to talk about safety while out for dinner? Luckily for me, they both had a lot to say, and their responses surprised me.

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And we’re the three best friends that anyone could have…♪

I’ve known my best friend, Karli, since we were three years old. Karli is very logical, scientific and is extremely brave, which I really admire. If she knows something is wrong, she will speak up. Karli works as a Lab Aide in one of Alberta’s colleges. She sets up experiments for college students and has to deal with a lot of different chemicals and biohazards.

Due to the nature of her job, Karli has a lot of specialized training. She has taken a number of classes for safety certifications for her job and follows strict guidelines on how to properly store, handle and dispose of chemicals and bacteria. Karli is responsible for keeping herself and the college students safe while they learn.

Karli introduced me to my other best friend, Megan, when we were in middle school. Megan is extremely compassionate, and has a special place in her heart for animals. Megan is an Animal Health Technician in rural Alberta. She takes care of all types of animals, from cats to cows.

Megan frequently uses her intuition — trusting her gut—at work. While in school, she learned about animal behavior and proper treatment, but her job is very situation-based. When she is placed in a high stress situation, Megan relies heavily on her training and instincts to make sure that both she and the animal are safe.

Whenever I reunite with my girlfriends, we always talk about the silly things we used to do growing up and it’s easy for me to remember how we acted as teenagers. But this conversation made me realize we are starting to grow up. Yes, we are still twenty-two-year-old girls that goof off every once in a while, but my two best friends have careers with people and animals counting on them to work safe.

As soon as you start a job, safety needs to be on your mind.

It’s not just your coworkers and clients that are counting on you to work safe, your family and friends are too. I’m very happy to say that my friends work smart and work safe, because I can’t imagine what life would be like without them.

Have you ever talked about safety with your friends? How do you stay safe while at work? Tell us your stories @HeadsUpAB on Twitter or Heads Up – Young Worker Safety on Facebook.

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