about safety services nova scotia
Safety Services Nova Scotia is the province’s leading not-for-profit safety service provider for Road Safety, Occupational Safety and Community Safety. Since 1958, Safety Services Nova Scotia has pioneered safety education and training programs that have improved the quality of life for Nova Scotians.
(To be) Your TRUSTED PARTNER recognized for putting the SERVICE into SAFETY toward safer communities.
To provide quality safety solutions through passionate and highly skilled professionals and community engagement.
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Safety Services Nova Scotia (SSNS) was founded in 1958 as "The Nova Scotia Highway Safety Council", a private, non-profit, non-government organization. Founding members were prominent businesses and citizens of that time. Soon after being established, SSNS began lobbying for driver education in high schools and posted speed limits on all roads. Both initiatives were successful.
In the 1970s, SSNS was recommending that all terrain vehicle legislation be implemented. It was during that time that SSNS changed its name to "Nova Scotia Safety Council". By then it was promoting not only road safety issues, but occupational and public (off the job) safety as well. SSNS began offering occupational safety training courses.
In 1980, SSNS introduced the Buckle Up Baby child car seat rental program to Nova Scotia. The Women's Institute agreed to assume this program and ran it successfully for many years. SSNS began lobbying for seat belt legislation. Seat belt and child car seat legislation came into effect in 1985. Impaired driving was another concern. SSNS lobbied for stiffer legislation and roadside "testers".
In 1982, SSNS began one of its best known initiatives: the annual health and safety conference. Attending this event is now a tradition in Nova Scotia. Each year the conference attracts more than 500 delegates and 60 exhibitors.
In the 1980s, SSNS's annual School Bus Safety Awareness campaign began. For many years, Nova Scotia was the only province with a campaign devoted solely to school bus safety. We also began offering a motorcycle training program. It now instructs 2000+ students annually, at locations around the province.
The early 90's saw SSNS getting involved with a project that was much in demand from parents. SSNS pioneered child car seat clinics in Nova Scotia. This, along with child car seat consulting, continued until 2003, when other agencies and coalitions were able to take on these programs.
Also by the early 1990s, SSNS had acquired an excellent reputation for its occupational safety training. An extensive number of training courses are available to the public and onsite at businesses across the province. In 1999, SSNS became one of a small number of agencies that are authorized (currently by the Workers’ Compensation Board) to provide the Certificate of Recognition (now Safety Certified) program to businesses and organizations. The safety systems of businesses are audited by us for effectiveness. Many tenders require that a bidding business is “Safety Certified”.
As a new century dawned, SSNS began offering online training. It also established the Health and Safety Professional (HSP) certificate program for those seeking a designation. It was at this time that SSNS started helping industries, such as forestry, develop safety programs tailored specifically for their industry.
In 2003, after more than 40 years of road safety initiatives, SSNS opened a driving school in Halifax.
In 2007 our organization changed its name to “Safety Services Nova Scotia”.
Safety Services Nova Scotia has an outstanding record of pioneering safety education and training programs that have improved the quality of life of Nova Scotians. We exist “to bring people home safe at the end of the day”.