OHS Canada Magazine

Danatec Wins a pair of International Awards

April 28, 2008

Health & Safety

CALGARY, AB — On April 18th, Danatec Educational Services received Gold and Platinum Remi awards for their WHMIS online course and for the screenplay of their new WHMIS video.

Danatecs online course received a Gold Remi award in the Interactive-Adult/Professional New Media category. The script for the WHMIS Tell Me Your Story video received the top honour in the Entered Production category, which includes all entries from the Educational and Documentary genres.

The Remi awards are given to the best films and media showcased at the Worldfest Film Festival in Houston, Texas. This year, the competition had close to 4,500 entrants from over 35 countries.

Steven Spielberg and the Coen Brothers are among the Hollywood luminaries to receive Remi awards in the past. Glen Thorsteinson, co-creator of the WHMIS online course and co-writer of Tell Me Your Story, said, These awards demonstrate that using the stories of real people is a very compelling way to teach workplace safety.

WHMIS Tell Me Your Story is the centerpiece of Danatecs new WHMIS line of products, designed to teach the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). The video utilizes the stories of six real-life people to explore lessons in workplace safety.

We feel that engaging employees through the stories of those who have experienced first-hand the consequences of not following WHMIS guidelines is very effective, explains Ronald Martin, President of Danatec, They realize that these dangers are real and these events can happen to them. In the video, as well as our online and print materials, we show people how to use the basics of WHMIS to protect themselves.

In addition to the Remi award, WHMIS Tell Me Your Story has received a Platinum MarCom award for outstanding achievement in the Video/Training category and has been selected to be shown at the World Congress on Workplace Safety and Health in Seoul, South Korea.

The video has also been featured in numerous industry publications, including COS Magazine and Hazmat Management Magazine.

We find ourselves at the leading edge of this new approach to safety training, says Martin. The personal stories motivate employees to learn about the hazards of the products they work with, encourage them to ask questions and then use the information to work safely.

The WHMIS Tell Me Your Story video and WHMIS online course are available now from Danatec.

About Danatec:
Established in 1985, Danatec opened its doors in Calgary with a mission to provide reference and training materials for Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG). Since that time, they have grown and evolved to become Canada’s leading provider of workplace safety training solutions. They are best known for exceptional publications and educational materials in the areas of TDG and WHMIS, and have an unequalled reputation for reliability, practicality and quality in everything they produce. This new WHMIS product line represents the culmination of twenty-three years of developing and delivering the best nationally recognized and innovative workplace safety solutions.

For more information, contact:
Marketing Communications
Michael Gaudet @ 1-800-465-3366 ext. 123 or e-mail: mgaudet@danatec.com


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