What’s New at Safe-Wise?

Save the Date! 2018 Risk Summit. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NMRC) will host the 2018 Risk Summit October 1st – 2nd, at the Loews Philadelphia. The conference format has been shifted slightly, with sessions scheduled for all day Monday and Tuesday. A Fall cohort of the Risk Leadership Certificate Program (RLCP) will be held at the Loews Saturday September 29th – Sunday 30th. Complete the RLCP survey here to receive additional information about the program. The call for presentations/presenters, conference registration, and a link to make hotel reservations will be announced in early Spring 2018.



Ensuring Compliance with the Updated Drain Cover Standard is the title of a December 2017 Aquatics International article by Steve Barnes, chairman of the APSP-16 Standard Writing Committee and the APSP Technical Committee. The article states, as the drain cover standard cited in the federal pool and spa safety law has been rewritten, it becomes apparent that entrapment safety is about more than the drain. Ten years ago, this month, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was signed into federal law. At the time, it plunged the pool, spa and hot tub world into turmoil. Public facilities were hit especially hard, as they had one year to outfit pools with compliant drain covers. Some were forced to close when these products were nowhere to be found. Head’s up! The drain cover standard named in VGB is changing in 2018. Are we in for more turmoil? Not if professionals learn how to implement the new requirements. Here are some of the very basics in ensuring that a pool is compliant. Click HERE to read the full article.



New Resource: Zone Coverage / Surveillance Plan Considerations. Aquatic facilities should establish a lifeguard(s) zone coverage / surveillance plan. This plan details the specific areas of scanning responsibility for an on-duty lifeguard. When establishing a zone coverage / surveillance plan ensure that:

  • All areas of the water (bottom, middle, and top) are covered and can be seen by a lifeguard
  • There is overlapping coverage when more than one lifeguard is performing surveillance
  • Lifeguards have clear, unobstructed views of their zones
  • The size and shape of each zone is appropriate for the facility and allow for appropriate response times

Facilities should post diagrams or charts showing the size, shape and boundaries of each zone. These can change throughout the day and season, depending on the number of patrons, types and variety of activities, time of day and environmental conditions, such as glare from the sun. Click HERE to view the full Zone Coverage / Surveillance Plan Considerations document available on the Resource Library.



New Service: Certified Playground Safety Inspector. Did you know? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is estimated that each year over 205,850 injuries occur on playgrounds and approximately fifteen children will die from playground related injuries. Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI) help promote children’s rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child’s development through playground hazard identification and risk management methods. Safe-Wise Consulting is proud to offer Certified Playground Safety Inspector services. Services include development of a comprehensive Playground Safety Policy, Safety Audit, Safety Coordinator training, assistance with development of a site history file, and on-site staff playground inspection training. We can help you, help our children by designing, installing, and maintaining safe playgrounds. Contact us HERE for more information.



Study Shows Success of AEDs. According to an article from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a study published in the European Heart Journal that looked at data collected over an 18-year period in 252 sports centers in Italy found that neurologically intact survival was 93% for patients treated with an onsite Automated External Defibrillator (AED) compared to 9% without an AED. Onsite AED use significantly reduced the time to first shock from 7.3 minutes to 3.3 minutes. This reduction in response time is crucial for patient survival in a sudden cardiac arrest incident. Successful defibrillation is highly dependent on how quickly defibrillation occurs. For each minute in cardiac arrest, the chance of survival goes down by about 10%. After as few as 10 minutes, survival is unlikely. Organizations should ensure that Emergency Planning incorporates the delivery and use of an AED within a minimum of two minutes to all areas of the facility and / or property. Appropriate staff should be trained in CPR and the use of the specific onsite AED. AED’s should be checked and documented on a regularly scheduled basis to ensure the battery is fully charged, pads are not expired and all equipment including, at a minimum, a CPR mask, gloves, scissors, and a razor are present with the unit. Click HERE for additional information about AEDs in the workplace from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).