Safety News

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   This month we discuss National Fire Prevention and National Bus Safety Week, Field Trip Forms, Bee Safety, Grafitti and Vandalism, and Lighting Timers.

    To view the October edition of School Safety Matters Click Here.  For previous editions visit OSSOA.org under Topical Resources.


  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    High Desert ESD is pleased to announce they are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Regional School Safety Specialist.  If interested, Click Here for an application packet.

  • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   This month we discuss Safety Committees, PE and Playground Supervision, Heat Index and Employee injuries.

    To view the September edition of School Safety Matters Click Here.  For previous editions visit OSSOA.org under Topical Resources.


  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:25 AM | Anonymous


    Register now for the 2014 OSSOA Summer Workshop at The Riverhouse in Bend Oregon.  The theme of this year’s conference is “It is Better to Prepare and Prevent, than to Repair and Repent.”   We will have sessions on Dealing with a Property Loss: Before,During and After, Current Liability Claims Trends, and High Risk Activities Schools Should Avoid.  There will be Roundtable sessions on Building Restoration, Emergency Prepardness, Bleacher Maintenance and Safety and OSSOA.  There will also be raffles,  vendor tables and many other opportunities to network and share ideas with experts and peers. 

    The deadline for registration is Friday, July 18th.


  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    We are thinking of our colleagues and others dealing with the shooting at Reynolds High with the deepest sympathy.  Our association and membership extends our condolences and any support we can provide.

    A tragedy like this hits close to home, and causes all of us to ask how prepared we are for an event such as this. To that end, we should all take a moment to look at our policies, plans of action and emergency protocols to make sure they are up-to-date. We have posted some resources to help with that process.

    If you have others that have been helpful to you, let us know. We’ll add them on our site.
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  • Monday, June 02, 2014 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   This month we discuss Summer School, 911 Protocol, Summer Fire Danger, and Lightning Safety.

    To view the June edition of School Safety Matters Click Here.  For previous editions visit OSSOA.org under Topical Resources.

    Summer Workshop

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 24th for the 2014 OSSOA Summer Workshop at The Riverhouse in Bend Oregon.  The theme of this year’s conference is “It is Better to Prepare and Prevent, than to Repair and Repent.”   We will have sessions on Dealing with a Property Loss: Before,During and After, Current Liability Claims Trends, and High Risk Activities Schools Should Avoid.  There will be Roundtable sessions on Building Restoration, Emergency Prepardeness, Bleacher Maintenance and Safety and OSSOA.  There will also be vendor tables and many other opportunities to network and share ideas with experts and peers.  To register for this year’s workshop, Click Here. 
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    Register Now for the 2014 OSSOA Summer Workshop at The Riverhouse in Bend Oregon.  The theme this year is “It is Better to Prepare and Prevent, than to Repair and Repent,” and if your job involves school safety, you won’t want to miss it   We have moved the conference from the traditional 3rd Tuesday in July to the 3rd Thursday, July 24th and it promises to be better than ever!    We will have sessions on Dealing with a Property Loss: Before, During and After, Current Liability Claims Trends, and High Risk Activities Schools Should Avoid.  There will be Roundtable sessions on Building Restoration, Emergency Preparedness, Bleacher Maintenance and Safety and  Your OSSOA. There will also be vendor tables and many other opportunities to network and share ideas with experts and peers.  Click Here for a full agenda.

    See you in Bend!


  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    With warmer weather comes increased use on our playgrounds.  The following valuable safety information was provided by Doug Buell of Buell Recreation who continues to be a proud sponsor of OSSOA:

    FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (April 24, 2014) – In celebration of National Playground Safety month in April, the BCI Burke Company encourages awareness and safe playground practices for both kids and adults. 

     

    “There is nothing better than letting off steam at your favorite playground, and there are simple things we can all doundefinedyoung and oldundefinedto make our playgrounds safer,” said Tim Ahern, BCI Burke CEO/owner.  “Some of my fondest memories as a kid are of swinging and sliding at the local Fond du Lac parks, and outdoor play areas all over the globe are still one of the most compelling ways for kids to stretch their muscles and imaginations,” Ahern adds.  

    Yet each year, more than 200,000 injuries occur on America’s playgrounds, according to the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS).  Moreover, 15 percent of these injuries were classified as severe, with 3 percent requiring emergency room attention.  

    During Playground Safety Week, and all year long, Burke emphasizes the importance of education for both children and adults, including parents, teachers and other caregivers.  Play safety also requires keen awareness to monitor children’s behaviors and play patterns, common sense, and redirecting behaviors when potential issues arise.  

    No matter how safe the equipment is, it cannot supervise the kids.  Unfortunately, the lack of adult supervision is a major problem on playgrounds across America. Even when playgrounds are built with the highest quality materials, once they are put in the ground, education needs to be ramped up with adults and kids regarding safe play practices.  One of the most important, yet often overlooked components is an effective supervision program. 

    Training is the first step to help communities reduce injury statistics and make visits to the playground safer.  Important tips to be aware of when moving and exploring on a playground include:

    • A play area should be provided for preschoolers, ages 2-5, as well as, a separate play area for children ages 5-12 due to the differing capabilities and needs of children.  Supervision needs to be provided to ensure that children play on equipment designated for their age.  

    • It is vital to use surfacing around play structures.  Options include, but are not limited to: turf, pea gravel, engineered wood fiber, loose rubber, sand, rubber tiles or poured in place rubber. It is best to consult with a CPSI (Certified Playground Safety Inspector) or your playground manufacturer to ensure all safety and accessibility guidelines are followed.  

    • Once the safety surfacing is installed, it is critical that it be properly maintained around the play area to ensure that maximum safety is consistently provided over time.  

    • Be aware of completely bounded openings on playground equipmentundefinedthey should measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches to prevent head entrapment for a child at play.

    • Make sure debris and litter is cleaned up promptly to prevent tripping hazards or health issues.  

    • Look for safety signs on playgrounds that help inform parents and other supervisors which structures are appropriate for the age of the children in their care and remind them about adult supervision recommendations.

    • Always supervise children at play.  A majority of injuries occur on playgrounds because children are not being monitored by adults.  

    • Be on the lookout for broken parts, rust, protruding hardware, sharp edges or other areas of disrepair.  

    • Choose a cooler part of the day to play, if possible.  Be sure to apply sunscreen to protect children’s delicate skin.  

    • Interact with children at play.  They take great pride in showing adults what they can do.  This involvement also promotes better attention to safety. 

    Proud of their continued avid support of children’s play and safety, Burke is the only manufacturer to provide an NPPS Safe Playground Supervision Kit with each play system.  NPPS also offers ample resources such as the Kid Checker Program.  More information can be found at www.playgroundsafety.org.  

    About BCI Burke:

    BCI Burke has been creating playgrounds since the early 1920’s and is a premier manufacturer of commercial playground, park, and recreation equipment.  The Burke Reinventing Play (tm) business philosophy focuses on continual improvement and exceptional customer commitment, as well as creating the highest quality playground, park and recreation products, backed by the best warranty in the industry.  For more information, visit www.bciburke.com orwww.buellrecreation.com


    Doug E. Buell

    President

    Buell Recreation, LLC

    Park & Playground Products

    Portland, Oregon

    "Working hard to help you play"

    Office: 800-266-1250 (OR-WA-ID-UT only)

    Phone: 503-922-1650

    Fax: 866-597-0033

    Mobile: 503-858-8411


    Summer Workshop

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 24th for the 2014 OSSOA Summer Worksop at The Riverhouse in Bend Oregon.  The theme of this year’s conference is “It is Better to Prepare and Prevent, than to Repair and Repent.”   We will have sessions on Dealing with a Property Loss: Before,During and After, Current Liability Claims Trends, and High Risk Activities Schools Should Avoid.  There will also be Hot Topic roundtable sessions, vendor tables and other opportunities to network and share ideas.  Look for more information to follow. To register for this year’s workshop, Click Here.


  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014 9:18 AM | Anonymous
    School Safety Matters 

     

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   This month we recognize National Teacher Appreciation Week, National School Nurse Appreciation Week, Walk and Bike to School Challenge, and Hazardous Material Collection.

    To view the May edition of School Safety Matters Click Here.  For previous editions visit OSSOA.org under Topical Resources. 

    Summer Workshop

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 24th for the 2014 OSSOA Summer Worksop at The Riverhouse in Bend Oregon.  The theme of this year’s conference is “It is Better to Prepare and Prevent, than to Repair and Repent.”   We will have sessions on Dealing with a Property Loss: Before,During and After, Current Liability Claims Trends, and High Risk Activities Schools Should Avoid.  There will also be Hot Topic roundtable sessions, vendor tables and other opportunities to network and share ideas.  Look for more information to follow. To register for this year’s workshop, Click Here.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:34 PM | Anonymous
    School Safety Matters 

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   This month's focus is on Playground and PE Supervision, Spring Increases in claims and accidents and the fire Triangle

    To view the April edition of School Safety Matters Click Here.  For previous editions visit OSSOA.org under Topical Resources. 

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