What’s New at Safe-Wise?

Safe Driving is Serious Business. Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) has been an annual campaign sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) for many years. To continue this successful campaign, they are updating the structure to focus more tightly on changing specific behaviors, delivered more frequently. That is why DSWW is now being offered on a more frequent basis, with modules focused on specific driving behaviors. The next DSWW campaign will be held the first week of October and will focus on the topic of impaired driving. Any of the 2017 campaigns can be used during this week based on the employer’s schedule. The Drive Safely Work Week™ campaign materials include meaningful activities that reinforce the program’s safe-driving messages yet won’t take significant time away from the work day. Note that materials are not dated, providing the flexibility you need to schedule Drive Safely Work Week activities for the time that works best with your organization’s work schedule. Click HERE for additional transportation safety resources located on the Safe-Wise resource library.



National Preparedness Month. This September, Ready.gov launches its National Preparedness Month (NPM) campaign focusing on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship. The NPM Social Media tool kit contains key marketing and preparedness messaging to print or share on your social media channels. Click HERE for more detailed information from Ready.gov on how you can help take action to prepare!



Updated Pool Chemical Handling Safety Document. In light of recent events involving pool chemical–associated injuries we have updated our Pool Chemical Handling Safety document. Aquatic facilities use and store many types of chemicals for cleaning, disinfection and sanitation. Handling and storage practices are crucial to preventing accidents and injuries. Staff must be aware of chemical properties and trained to follow safe handling practices. Click HERE to view our updated Pool Chemical Handling Safety document available on the Safe-Wise Consulting Online Resource Library.  Laminated Pool Chemical Safety: Storage posters can also be ordered for FREE through the CDC. Click HERE to download a PDF of the poster.



New Resource: Considerations for Aquatic Field Trips. It is important to establish minimum criteria for using a third-party (not owned or operated by your organization) aquatic facility for field trips. Criteria should include choosing a safe location, getting parental consent, supervision, code compliance, obtaining an agreement and / or contract and a Certificate of Insurance, non-swimmer management, and use of a buddy system. These items should be reviewed during a tour of the proposed facility and discussions with on-site staff in advance of any field trip. Click HERE to view our recommendations for use of off-site third-party aquatic facilities document located in the Safe-Wise Online Resource Library.



Updated Emergency Planning Guide: Accommodating for People with Disabilities. When preparing or reviewing your emergency plans, it’s important to involve people with disabilities in identifying needs and evaluating effective emergency management plans. Issues that have the greatest impact on people with disabilities include: notification, evacuation, areas of refuge, access to their mobility devices or service animals, and access to information. In planning for emergencies, you should consider the needs of people who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes or crutches, or people who have limited stamina. Plans should also include people who use oxygen or respirators, people who are blind or who have low vision, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people who have a cognitive disability, people with mental illness, and those with other types of disabilities. Additional support and information is available at ADA.gov and from the US Department of labor (DOL). Click HERE to view our updated Emergency Planning Guide for Non-profits located in the Safe-Wise Online Resource Library.



Safe-Wise Consulting Welcomes a New Staff Member.  Safe-Wise Consulting welcomes Alan C. Mogridge as their newest Safety and Risk Consultant.  Alan brings more than 20 years of YMCA practical knowledge and experience in aquatic safety & programming, wellness, day & resident camping and child care. In addition to his strong program background Alan has served as: Associate Executive Director for the Greater Waterbury YMCA, CT; Executive Director for the YMCA of Central Connecticut Coast – Valley Branch, CT; and as CEO for the Mount Desert Island YMCA, ME. Currently, Alan is focused on updating resources, website and newsletter development, but will be hitting the road later this year. Please help us welcome Alan to the Safe-Wise team.  Click HERE to learn more about Alan.



NEW Bomb Threat Resources:  Click HERE to visit our Emergency Preparedness page located in the Resource Library to view the following new resources: Bomb Threat Guidance Brochure; Bomb Threat Calls Checklist; Bomb Threat Management Guide and Security Guidance for Buildings.