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Tailored Approaches to Learning and Studying

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 14, 2024 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Stories , Behavioural Intervention and Autism , Occupational Health and Safety , Degree Credit , Professional Development , Online Learning



When it comes to learning & studying, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. We all think and process information in different ways. To make sure everyone succeeds, we need to focus on tailored approaches to education. Here are some useful tips and strategies we've gathered to help you. It's about time. "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!" - White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland There's something called "The Planning...

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Psychologically Safe Workplaces Keep Their Employees

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: February 12, 2024 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: Online Learning , Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , News and Events , Behavioural Intervention and Autism



When it comes to measuring employee retention, attrition and turnover are two of the most essential metrics to monitor. A low attrition rate signals a healthy company. Fewer employees are leaving voluntarily, keeping morale higher and preserving institutional knowledge. A high attrition rate, however, can be a warning sign that problems are driving your staff away. According to experts, healthy organizations have an attrition rate of 10% or less. According to a recent report by the Boston...

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Championing Safety: One Woman's Inspirational Career Change After Personal Loss

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: January 16, 2024 2:00:00 PM AST

Category: Professional Development , Our Stories , Occupational Health and Safety



Nuala Reilly is a role model for anyone interested in the Health and Safety field. She spent most of her working adult life in industries that helped people who had suffered a significant loss in life. She worked for Employment Ontario, assisting people who had experienced job loss. When she moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, she spent several years working for an insolvency trustee company, working with people experiencing financial difficulties before spending a few years working in a...

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Spotlight: Glyn Jones—instructor, workplace safety expert, and webinar host

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: January 8, 2024 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , Online Learning , News and Events


Mr. Jones has over thirty-five years of experience working as a consulting Occupational Health and Safety specialist. He has completed work in heavy industry, manufacturing, the commercial buildings industry, institutional settings, and for all levels of government in Canada and overseas. He has extensive experience having taught occupational health and safety at the post-secondary level at numerous institutions across Canada, including the University of New Brunswick...

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New Year, New Webinars

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: January 5, 2024 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Online Learning , News and Events


We've added three new free online webinars to our upcoming line-up! Each year, we offer a collection of online webinars as part of our Let's Talk Safety series. Our goal is to provide the public with awareness of essential topics in workplace safety. We are thrilled to also announce that all three of the new webinars will be presented by Glyn Jones, a consulting occupational health and safety professional with 35 years of experience in the field. Hand Protection Programming: There Is...

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Building a Psychologically Safe Workplace

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: December 21, 2023 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , News and Events



As part of his online newsletter series, Exploring Workplace Mental Health, Dr. William A. Howatt (Ph. D, Ed. D) recently wrote an article called Cultivating a Culture of Psychological Safety. The article discusses how employers can work toward becoming psychologically safe leaders and create safe spaces for employees to improve their mental well-being. Dr. Howatt has worked with some of the largest companies in Canada, federal, provincial, and municipal leaders, and Fortune 500 companies on...

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From Crisis to Coping: Navigating Mental Health in University

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: December 14, 2023 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: News and Events , Degree Credit , Online Learning , Occupational Health and Safety


According to a recent article from Psychology Today, more than 60% of college and university students meet the criteria for at least one mental health issue. Some people blame the pandemic for the rise in mental health issues but according to research, student mental health has been on a consistent decline for years. The pandemic simply heightened what was already happening. The pressure to achieve academic success and create an "extraordinary" life can be crushing. But it's important to...

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Championing Safety: One Woman's Inspirational Career Change After Personal Loss

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: November 14, 2023 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , Our Stories , Online Learning



Nuala Reilly is a role model for anyone interested in the Health and Safety field. She spent most of her working adult life in industries that helped people who had suffered a significant loss in life. She worked for Employment Ontario, assisting people who had experienced job loss. When she moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, she spent several years working for an insolvency trustee company, working with people experiencing financial difficulties before spending a few years working in a...

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Shifting the Employee Experience: A Podcast with Dr. Bill Howatt

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: October 23, 2023 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Professional Development , Online Learning , Occupational Health and Safety , News and Events


We are excited to announce a special series of podcasts in partnership with The Boiling Point and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services. In the series, Dave Veale co-hosts with Dr. Bill Howatt, an instructor in our Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness Practice programs. Episode one Effectively leading positive impacts on psychological safety in the workplace In the first episode of this series, you'll learn why we feel the topic of Shifting the Employee Experience is such a meaningful...

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Advancing Workplace Safety Through UNB's Online OHS Programs

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: October 6, 2023 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Online Learning , Professional Development , Occupational Health and Safety


In today's competitive business landscape, profit margins and operational efficiencies often define success. However, at the heart of many leading organizations' success is their dedication to employee well-being, notably, through occupational health and safety (OHS). Are you, as a business leader, prioritizing its significance?  Safety should be paramount for all businesses. Workplace incidents not only harm employees but also bring financial and reputational damage to the...

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UNB recognized as a leader in Occupational Health and Safety education in Canada

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: October 5, 2023 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , Online Learning



We are thrilled to announce that UNB has once again been recognized as one of the top three educational institutions in Canada for our Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) programs! For the third time in four years, the readers of Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine have given UNB their vote, showcasing our commitment to providing exceptional OHS education. Why is this award so important to us? This recognition holds special significance as it comes directly from the safety community...

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UNB's Let's Talk Safety webinar series returns for the 2023-2024 season

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: September 29, 2023 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , News and Events , Professional Development , Online Learning



UNB’s Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) instructors are active professional consultants and practitioners from across Canada who are invested in the advancement of the OHS profession.  Specializing in various areas of discipline, these safety experts will share their knowledge and expertise with you, free of charge, in this season’s series of Let’s Talk Safety webinars. We’re thrilled to welcome both new and familiar faces to our lineup of...

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UNB's online psychologically safe leadership program benefits workplaces

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: June 21, 2023 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Online Learning , Professional Development , News and Events



Leadership has never been easy, but it’s also never been harder than in these distracting and disrupting times. UNB's Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership (CPSL) can help.  The CPSL is a three-course program that focuses on proactive prevention rather than reactive, equipping leaders with skills and insights needed to identify mental risks and reduce mental harms in the workplace. The program is: Designed to meet the needs of managers in any industry Accessible from...

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Evolve the safety culture of your organization

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: April 12, 2023 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Professional Development , Occupational Health and Safety



It's safe to say that everyone in workplace safety has the same goal: to reduce risks and incidents, and, in turn, lower associated costs and human suffering. Many organizations have officially announced this goal with catchphrases such as "zero harm" or the "journey to zero". But what does that look like for those who work in an organization with this goal? Operations and safety teams are already tasked with so many jobs, and now they have to manage and advance a safety culture. How are they...

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Safety Culture 101

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: April 5, 2023 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , News and Events



What is safety culture? Safety culture is part of an organization's overall culture. It is a shared collection of attitudes, values, standards, and beliefs about safety and risk in the workplace. It is important for safety and environmental improvement. An organization's culture can be made up of negative and positive characteristics: Negative characteristics are a threat to a strong safety culture and often end up contributing to an increased likelihood of a major accident. Companies...

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Learn more about one of Canada's top mental health experts, and UNB instructor, Dr. Bill Howatt

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 15, 2023 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Professional Development , Occupational Health and Safety



Dr. William A. Howatt (PhD, EdD) has worked with some of the largest companies in Canada, federal, provincial, and municipal leaders, and Fortune 500 companies on Wall Street. Bringing together over two decades of applied behavioural science and leadership, and a wide range of client experiences, Dr. Howatt provides executive coaching and leadership development to organizations around the world, including executives in federal and provincial government, the finance sector, health care, and...

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Meet Glyn Jones—Webinar host, Instructor, and Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: February 13, 2023 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , News and Events



Who is Glyn Jones? Glyn has over 30 years of experience working as a consulting Occupational Health and Safety specialist. He has completed work in heavy industry, manufacturing, the commercial buildings industry, institutional settings and for all levels of government in Canada and overseas. He has developed particular expertise in: Program development and auditing;  Regulatory interpretation and compliance;  Hazardous materials assessment, handling and abatement...

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Upcoming free webinar—Secure your seat now!

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: February 8, 2023 8:00:00 AM AST

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , News and Events , Professional Development



Risk Communication: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic Date/Time: Feb. 15, 2023 @ 2 p.m. (Atlantic) / 1 p.m. (Eastern) Presenter: Glyn Jones, M.A.Sc, P.Eng, CIH, CRSPCost: Free At some point in the past two years, we've all feared the unknown. At times, maybe we even feared each other. But the past few years have also taught us how to be more human, how to be supportive of each other, and how to use the lessons we've learned during the pandemic to improve our day-to-day lives. For Glyn...

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Risk Communication—what is it and why does it matter?

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: February 1, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: News and Events , Professional Development , Occupational Health and Safety



What is risk communication? Risk communication is fundamental to workplace safety. It is the exchange of information and advice between safety officials and people who face hazards in the workplace. According to Glyn Jones, a consulting occupational health and safety professional and the host of UNB's upcoming webinar, Risk Communication: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic, risk communication leads us through a process where we examine the facts, identify the stakeholders, speak with the...

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The importance of reducing risk in the workplace

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: November 14, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , News and Events


By now, you may or may not have heard that we're offering a free webinar on Nov. 23, 2022, hosted by safety expert Darrel Nickerson. This webinar will discuss using investigations to reduce risk in the workplace in order to improve risk management systems and programs. What is risk management and why is it important? Video transcript: Risk management is an important element of any safety management system. It helps us understand, what hazards do we have in our workplaces, how those hazards...

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Get ready to talk safety!

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: November 9, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Professional Development , Occupational Health and Safety , News and Events



Join us on Nov. 23, 2022, for a new webinar titled "Today's Workplace: Using Investigations to reduce risk". You will hear from industry expert Darrel Nickerson on ways to reduce risks in the workplace. By investigating actual and near events causing injury, you can learn how to reduce future risks. Seats are filling up fast—register now! You can also explore and bookmark the webpage(s) for all upcoming webinars: Feb. 15, 2023 - Risk Communication: Lessons Learned from the...

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Upcoming Workplace Safety Webinar

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: October 12, 2022 11:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , Online Learning , News and Events



Safety 2.0: Managing Workplace Safety After the Pandemic The pandemic created a lot of hardship, heartache, loss, and suffering. Employees were laid off, and furloughed. In many companies, workplace safety went into suspended animation. But companies are starting to work toward getting things back to "normal". The big reboot is on, and this is especially true of safety programs. As part of the post-COVID safety renaissance or reboot, we need to be reminded of the basics. As part of UNB's...

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UNB’s popular Let’s Talk Safety webinar series is back!

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: October 6, 2022 1:00:00 PM ADT

Category: News and Events , Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development , Online Learning



We're excited to announce that our popular "Let's Talk Safety" webinar series is back for another year. In 2021, due to market demand, we created a series of free webinars for anyone with an interest in safety. The series became more popular than we could have imagined, with many of the webinars filling up far in advance. Because of this, we decided to do it all again! We've got more webinars, more industry experts, and more topics we think you'll love. To stay in the loop, join our...

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UNB recognized for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) training programs

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: August 29, 2022 9:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Professional Development , Occupational Health and Safety , Online Learning



We are thrilled to announce we are the proud recipient of a 2022 Readers' Choice award! Thanks to the readers of Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine, we've once again been voted one of the top three Educational Institutions in Canada for OHS training. Why is this award so important to us? COS readers are our customers and our peers—safety professionals who come from a variety of industries, including construction, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy. UNB is a leader in online...

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Meet Fraser Copeland, OHS program graduate

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: May 1, 2022 2:00:00 PM ADT

Category: News and Events , Occupational Health and Safety , Our Stories



It’s never too late to achieve your goals. “Dad, I graduated University!” For Fraser Copeland, there would have been no prouder moment and no greater feeling of immense admiration than to have his father hear those four words come from his only child. Sadly, Copeland’s father passed away before he could attain this achievement.Fuelled by the desire to secure an accreditation in his professional field from a recognized university – and to make his late father...

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Meet Clare Tooley, OHS program graduate

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: May 1, 2022 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Our Stories , Occupational Health and Safety , News and Events



Now, more than ever, organizations need qualified Occupational Health & Safety practitioners who understand the dynamics of health and safety. Read on to learn how one New Brunswick woman stumbled into a rewarding career in this dynamic field and pursued an online education at UNB in a journey that would take her across the country and back.When Clare Tooley moved to Alberta from New Brunswick several years ago, she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. Her first safety-related...

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Meet Erin Williamson, OHS program graduate

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: May 1, 2022 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Occupational Health and Safety , Our Stories



Online learning, determination, and perseverance helped one woman reskill and excel in a new career. A decade ago, Erin Williamson was a stay-at-home mom, pursuing studies in bookkeeping, when her life abruptly changed. Her husband, a truck driver, was involved in a fatal accident that left him emotionally paralyzed and diagnosed with PTSD. The day after the accident, Williamson realized her husband would no longer be able to provide for their family. She immediately began applying for...

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Upcoming Webinar: Fatigue in These Novel Times

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 2, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: News and Events , Professional Development , Occupational Health and Safety


Mark your calendars! Fatigue in These Novel TimesApril 21, 2022 | 2pm Atlantic (1pm Standard) This webinar is part of our "Let's Talk Safety" video series. In this free online presentation, you will learn about the physiology of sleep and how to recognize the barriers faced when trying to get enough of it. We will dispel some common myths about sleep, learn little known facts, and discover many useful and practical strategies that can be used to better manage stress and fatigue. By the end of...

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Upcoming Webinar: Serious Injuries and Fatalities

UNB College of Extended Learning

Posted: March 2, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: News and Events , Occupational Health and Safety , Professional Development


Mark your calendars! Serious Injuries & Fatalities: Why We Need to Move Safety from Reactive to Risk-BasedMarch 23, 2022 | 2pm Atlantic (1pm Standard) This webinar is part of our "Let's Talk Safety" video series. This free online webinar will give an overview of what serious injuries and fatalities are, how we identify the high-risk activities that can lead to them, and what controls are needed to be put in place to achieve the goal of eliminating serious injuries and fatalities. Learn more...

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