Media Release - For Immediate Release
Safety Is Job One
10 September, 2012
As Security Administrator and Occupational Health and Safety Assistant with Facilities Management on campus, Fleury spent her summer learning how staff at Saint Mary’s do their jobs, and then making recommendations about how employees can be safer.
Working alongside everyone from carpenters to cleaners, she created and maintained policies and systems for hazards assessment and safe work practices. Her primary role was to visit with employees, observe their tasks and document their safety precautions. She then suggested ways they might be able to prevent work hazards.
“I got to learn a lot about the different kinds of jobs, so it was very, very interesting and it was satisfying too because what I was doing was helping to keep everyone in the department safe.”
The position was part of the Saint Mary’s University Student Employment Experience Program that allows students to work on campus during the summer months to gain experience related to their field of study.
As a transfer student from Nova Scotia Community College in third year, Fleury arrived with some experience in job hazard analysis. She says her summer experience helps build her resume and gives her a better opportunity at future job opportunities. As well, she says it helped her get comfortable with being part of the professional workforce.
“Safety and business go hand-in-hand,” she says. “It’s an excellent future, and a good specialty to have. This could be the direction that I want to go in.”