Students Keeping Students Safe – There is an App for that!
Sylvie Lahaie is a fourth-year Neuroscience and Mental Health student.
The soft hum of shuffling students fills Carleton campus, marking the start of another great adventure – Fall Semester 2015. Anticipating the midterms, assignments and parties to come, our minds are brimming over with information. But do we consider our and others safety when we commence to stuff our brains with knowledge?
I am a fourth year student in neuroscience and mental health program and I have been working in Carleton’s Environmental Health and Safety Office for my second year. Simply put EHS supports the prevention of accidents and injuries on campus. They offer a number of solution based programs around Fire and Life Safety, Laboratory Safety, Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention, Ergonomics, and Accident/Incident Prevention.
Before starting my journey with EHS I had no idea how much of a resource I was to campus safety – just by being a student! It is no secret that students know campus best! We all have our preferred routes of travel (the ones with less pot holes), our preferred places to study (the one with the working outlets) and spent our dues sorting out the misleading signage. The parody is that we then complain about these glitches when the solution is right at our finger tips!
‘Good Catch Report’ is found on your CU Mobile App under Safety on Campus. The intent of this ‘Good Catch’ Reporting Form is to catch any situation that may cause an injury or illness BEFORE IT HAPPENS. By reporting the concern, EHS is then made aware and is able to find a solution to reduce the risk of any future injuries or illnesses.
This App allows you to express your concerns and continue to make campus a safe place to learn and play! You also have the option to be anonymous and no concern is too great or small! If you or someone you know is in imminent danger or in an emergency situation – contact the Department of University Safety at 613-520-2600 x 4444.
Students helping students is what makes Carleton University such a unique institution, filled with culture and spirit! Let’s continue supporting each other and look out for our fellow ravens!