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Background Checks

One question that we often get asked at Safe-Wise Consulting is “How often should we conduct background checks?” Our recommendation is that these checks should be conducted on at least an annual basis for all employees and any program volunteers. Organizations should conduct these searches in addition to meeting any screening that is required by […]

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Making a List and Checking it Twice!

Okay, so its not time to be thinking of Santa, but I was thinking of lists today. I regularly visit and audit YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and clubs. I frequently encounter systems (or lack of systems) to manage and track daily, weekly and monthly maintenance and housekeeping functions that could be strengthened. These functions, which are […]

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No Problem Mon!

Having just returned from vacation in Jamaica, I am very well acquainted the phrase “no problem mon!”. This is simply a way of life for the people that live in the beautiful Caribbean island-nation that is Jamaica. However, now that I’m back in the states and looking at risk management it makes me reflect on […]

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Keeping Your Eye on the Ball

During a recent visit to a fitness facility the staff and I discussed the use of training balls at their location. Fitness training balls, also known as stability and exercise balls, are commonly used at fitness facilities around the country. While they are common and usually durable they can fail when not used in a […]

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Stop Bullying Now

I spent some time updating my knowledge of the scope of bullying in the US this week as I prepared to provide a workshop on the subject for a group of YMCAs. I also was reminded of the impact of this issue while reading an article in USA Today (Wednesday, January 25th, “Bullying in USA: […]

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Lifeguard Breaks and Rotations

I was recently visiting a YMCA and while interviewing the lifeguard on duty, I asked how long she had been on duty. Her answer was “I opened at 5:30AM”. My next question was “When was your last break?” her answer was “I requested a potty break at 9:00AM when the Aquatic Director arrived”. This lifeguard […]

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