Ontario passport to saftey

In class before we got to do anything we had to learn about safety, probably a smart idea considering most of us want to go into some sort of architectural or engineering pathway where we could potentially come across these situations in the future. I felt it would be a nice touch to post some of the things I learned from this quiz on my blog, who knows maybe somebody might just learn something.

How does the Occupational Health and
Safety Act protect workers?
The OHS Act provides workers with three basic rights:

The Right to Know?
Workers have the right to information on issues in the workplace that may affect their health and safety. Therefore, workers must have training available to them on all hazards within the workplace.

The Right to Participate
Workers may participate in finding solutions to working in a safer workplace. This can be achieved by reporting unsafe or unhealthy working conditions or by joining the workplaces Joint Occupational
Health and Safety Committee or by becoming anOccupational Health and Safety Representative.

The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work
A worker’s right to refuse work is protected under
the law. If a worker is asked to do something
dangerous or unhealthy, that person has the right
to refuse. Under the OHS Act, a worker can not
be fired or disciplined as a result of the refusal.
To be protected, the worker must use the following
1. Report the concern immediately to the
supervisor and if a hazard is present, go to a safe

2. The supervisor should promptly investigate the situation while the worker is present. If the supervisor agrees that there are grounds for refusing to work, then the worker is not required to do that task until the problem is fixed.

What are the responsibilities of the
According to the OHS Act, workers are:
• To work safely, protect the health and safety of others and follow safe work procedures at all times. Personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses, hearing protection and steel-toed boots, must be worn if they are required to do a job safely. Equipment guards must also be kept in place and used properly;
• To co-operate with the OHS Representative or JOSH Committee and OHS Officers. The Internal Responsibility System depends on open communications;
• To report hazards, injuries and unsafe working conditions to the supervisor. If the supervisor is unable to respond to the issue, then the safety representative or committee member must be notified.

What is the difference between a Policy
and a Program?
A Policy is a document which states an employer’s Occupational Health and Safety principles and makes a commitment to a safe and healthy workplace. It is required to be posted in all workplaces hiring more than five workers. The OHS Program is an action plan that details how a workplace is going to achieve its OHS Policy.
It must include provisions for training programs,written work procedures, a complete hazard identification system and detailed records of injuries, inspections and minutes from regular JOSH Committee meetings. A program is required for those workplaces hiring more than twenty workers

Well in my opinion these three were the most important thing i learned, be aware of your rights no matter where you are working it would be illegal for any group to make you do something that risks your safety



technology & education

I’m not saying any of the things i’m about to say are good sites to visit, but even I have to admit that once again the web and social networking  have many many potential perks for the public, especially students. Let’s face it now that students have discovered these sites, they’ve learned to either not take notes and buy them off the internet or they now have incentive to take notes and make a quick buck as well as get good marks.

 Examples Of New Technology & Education


Remember the days of doodling on the side of your spiral notebook while you tried to take copious notes from your boring biology teacher? Would you be more motivated if you knew that your notes would not only give you an edge on the exam, but could also earn you a bit of cash? Flashnotes allows students to upload their lecture notes and sell them to other students who need more help or resources. The rating system allows the best note takers to get more business and the general pool of knowledge expands as students continue to share their work with one another.


The new startup is using a Facebook type platform- riding the wave of what works- and tailoring it for education. This social network allows professors and students to communicate, follow one another, and discuss class work and lectures.In addition to the social aspect, it allows for document uploads, calendar sharing, and a grade book option. So why is this better than Facebook? Simply put, social networks aren’t always the best place to develop academic networks. Students can follow their professors and interact with them without worrying about that compromising photo from a crazy weekend party.

Study Blue

Imagine your smartphone as your primary source for study materials. This company has created an app that allows students to organize their coursework, store notes and flashcards, and share their materials with other students.Study Blue’s main attraction is that it is mobile. Whether standing in line for coffee, riding the train, or waiting at the dentist, a student can easily access their class work and prepare for an exam. The social aspect also helps students find other people studying similar subjects, capitalizing on a different set of notes and study guides.


Teachers are continually fighting against the ever-growing list of distractions that a smart phone offers to bored or shy students in the back of the room. But Celly is a text-messaging network that allows anyone to create a network anywhere- at a rally, event, in the classroom, or on a field trip using smartphones.Teachers that have used this in their classrooms have noted that those who normally never speak up…do. It forces students to write their thoughts clearly and concisely. Rather than fighting the tide against texting, instructors are using it for academic purposes.

 Flipped Classroom

While not a technology per say, this teaching model is using technology to change the way instructors teach. Rather than spending the class time lecturing the students, the lectures are delivered to the student’s in video format for them to watch at home (or in study hall).Then, the classroom time is set aside for 1 on 1 help, discussion, and interaction based on the lecture homework. With nearly every student carrying a mobile device or laptop, this model may give students and teachers more time to work on areas of difficulty rather than simple straight lecture. For too long, instructors have seen that precious class time go to waste while a teacher scribbles on a blackboard and has their back to the students.

Snagit, Jing, Camtasia

These screen capture video software programs are making it easy for instructors to give online tutorials. TechSmith offers a host of different products from a free screen capture to professional quality videos.Imagine a tech-ed teacher trying to explain how to download an app. He/she can record narration while capturing the screen shots as he/she demonstrates the action. This feature can also be used for teachers who are correcting a paper or demonstrating a math problem.


Teachers need help and support with their lesson plans just as much as students need help with studying for exams. LessonCast allows teachers to submit a 2-minute lesson plan strategy, idea, or resource using video, documents, Powerpoint, etc. and share it with other instructors.The free-based software is just another way to offer networking opportunities and a general pool of knowledge that globally impacts education in a positive way. Teachers Paying Teachers is a similar network that allows educators to sell their lesson plans to other instructors.

 Donors Choose

Funding websites are popping up all over the Internet. People who are frustrated with the bureaucracy of grant writing decide to strike out on their own and build a project from the ground up. With Donors Choose, you can pitch your idea for your classroom.Teachers create projects they hope to accomplish with their students. Much like Kickstarter, individuals can fund or back any project they choose. Then they share it across social media and if a teacher has created the project pitch well, it gets the attention and money it needs.

Live Binders

Those handy three ring binders are now digital. Using the same idea as pinning and bookmarking, the binder allows educators to collect and organize resources for lesson plans.The Live Binder can also work for students who are amassing resources for a big project. You can also browse other binders and share your own.


blue print reading

In tech class we did an print reading quiz( a skill which I fail at for some reason) and since it was my first time I failed miserably(okay I admit it was a 76% , but still!!!). The biggest challenge for me was definitely figuring out the important measurements from the unimportant. Thankfully I, in my supreme wisdom, did some research and learned a few shortcuts on how to read blue prints :).  If you have trouble reading them too, you have come to the right place.


Blueprint Reading Basics

1Learn the 3 main types of blueprints. Blueprints can be broken down into 3 main types: plan, elevation and section. Each provides a specific 2-dimensional view of the construction project.

A plan view is a horizontal display of the proposed building project looking down from above. The view is usually on a horizontal plane 30 inches (75 centimeters) above the floor.

An elevation view is a vertical display of 1 side of the project, from either the north, south, east or west.

A section view is a cut-through display showing how something will be built.


2. Know the scale in which the blueprint is displayed. Blueprints are created using 1 of 2 scales: architectural scale or engineering scale.

Architectural (or architect’s) scale uses measurements in the English system of feet and inches. Such blueprints are drawn with a particular length set equal to 1 foot. Scales range from 1/8 inch to 3 inches equal to 1 foot.

Engineering scale uses measurements with a scale ratio that’s a multiple of 10. This can be either metric measurements, or measurements in feet and decimal parts of a foot.
Some blueprints use an English unit scale with metric conversions; this is known as dual-dimensioning. Other blueprints use only metric units.
3. Understand the symbols used to represent the components of a building project. Architects have developed symbols to represent the individual parts of a building and its surrounding grounds, so that the blueprint can convey a wealth of information. Most blueprints include a legend that explains the symbols used.

THE SCALE:Drawing scale is a relationship of the size or distance of the item on a drawing to the real item.
For example a scale of ¼” = 1’ means ameasurement of ¼ inch (the quote symbol “is ashorthand for inches) on the drawing equals 1foot ( the apostrophe symbol ‘ is shorthand for feet) of the real world item

HIDDEN LINES: The hidden line is used to show features or edgesof an object that is not visible. It is a broken line of medium thickness e.g ——
Dimension Lines are used to show the extent of a dimension. <__________>
Extension Lines are use to extend a point froman object. l<_________>l

Abbreviations are used to help reduce clutter and simplify drawings. A table is included in the drawing. e.g Pl= property line

certain symbols are obvious like door, toilet, window etc..


hope this helps, if you want a little more information you can watch this blueprint reading video


how to insert windows into a house using Google sketch-up

As complicated as it may sound i have devised a simple way to insert windows into  a wall that is part of a home using Google-sketch-up

step 1:  pull down the wall using the push/pull tool so that it’s height it 4′

step 2: choose a window component

step 3: outline the sides where the window will be on the top of the wall using the line tool

step 4:  put in the window

step 5: pull up the walls on either side of the window

step 6: rotate slightly to the side and mark the height of the window

step 7: use the push/pull tool to pull the wall above the window and close the gap

step 8: erase all unneeded lines

here’s  video if you need more help 

Transforming bookshelf

Fusillo is an Multi-functional wooden bookshelf made of modular elements. All the modules are designed to rotate around a central axis providing support for the books. When untwisted the shelf is completely monolithic, the bottom part bottom part can be used as an hanging device where you can hang anything you like. Hence, it is a bookshelf, but also can be transformed into a sensible coat hook, bicycle rack, or book ends. Moreover, multiple shelves can be endlessly combined to customize your space. Nice design help you to utilize space.

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf


  • multi-functional has many purposes other than as a bookshelf
  • simple to use
  • easy to assemble and attach to he wall
  • ergonomic: can be used by anyone for any thing e.g for adults its a bookshelf, but for kids its a place to hang toys like bicycles etc..
  • saves space, because it is usually used to organize things


  • it’s not really very aesthetic, looking at it is like looking at a slab of unfinished wood from home depot, and painting it is not an option(look below and you’ll see why). since all the pieces are attached together at one point, you would have to separate the entire thing to paint it

despite the overall hideousness of the design i have to admit that it is very multi-functional bookshelf, it’s design just needs a little refining  🙂

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf
Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf
Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf

Portable solar powered window socket

Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the Window Socket is a portable solar-powered electrical socket that affixes to a window and harnesses solar energy through a built-in solar panel. It is designed to be as intuitive as possible, and can be used in an apartment, on a ship or inside a car – or anywhere with access to sunlight. The socket stores excess energy in an internal 1000mAh battery, which is enough to charge a mobile phone. Once charged it can be taken off the window and carried anywhere while in use – including on the move. Simple and elegant! Too bad it is still concept now.

Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket

i really love this design, it’s a pity it hasn’t been created yet, but when it does i’ll be sure to get it. Here are some pros and cons of this design


  • it’s portable, small and easily carried in a purse or bag
  • can be used anywhere as long as there is a window and light, very useful for travel no need to buy countless transformers/converters for each new destination
  •  easy to use
  • cheap to maintain(don’t need electricity) and practically pays for it’s self
  •  if the design was modified it could be used to power much more than just phones


  • it’s not realistic a solar panel that small would not produce enough energy to power a phone in a short period of time
  • no protection for the solar panel: even the smallest scratch could ruin the overall efficiency of the socket, the suction cups are too flimsey to provide protection from scratches or even potential falls that could result in a cracked solar panel

Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket
Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket
Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket

to see the pictures go to http://www.designswan.com/archives/window-socket-solar-energy-powered-socket.html#more-5764

Career: Glazier





Mechanic carrying car window, view through glass

Which is needed- University, College or an Apprenticeship- to enter this field?:


What is it? :

A Glazier is a construction professional who measures, handles, cuts, prepares, installs and repairs all types of glass, mirrors and glass substitutes, typically in buildings or on the exterior walls of buildings.  Glaziers also install aluminum storefront frames and entrances, glass handrails and balustrades, shower enclosures, curtain wall framing and glass and mirror walls.

Daily activities include:

Handling and Moving Objects– Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Performing General Physical Activities– Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

What qualifications are needed for admission?

people employed as glaziers should have good mathematical and mechanical skills, as well as an analytical approach to problem-solving, physical strength, manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination.  Additional skills include an ability to read and interpret drawings and code specifications. Although glaziers do not have to be computer experts they should be computer literate and be able to work efficiently with hand tools. Glaziers should be able to work alone as well as a member of a team. Those who install or retrofit glass in homes or businesses must be neat and able to deal with customers courteously. To remain competitive in this field, it is essential that workers be willing to continually upgrade their skills. Apprentices must be at least 18 year old, have a high school diploma or its equivalent and be physically able to do the work required by this occupation. Unions and contractor associations often sponsor apprenticeship programs. Contact the local union that represents glaziers in your area or see the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades’ Apprenticeship Directory for a list of training opportunities sponsored by that organization.

Canadian institutions and the qualifications they grant?

The glazing apprenticeship process requires time spent on the job and in school training. An glazing trainee must complete a four (4) year program including 6,000 workplace hours and 1,200 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on the Inter-provincial exam will result in the BC Certificate of Apprenticeship, BC Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter-provincial Standard Endorsement, also known as Red Seal.

Industrial associations and their professional certifications?

Inter-provincial Red Seal

the  Canadian Glass Association membership