August 2019 | Volume 13 Issue 8.1
Reminder: Safety Insights will be published monthly during July & August. Our semimonthly publication schedule will return in September.
National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month (NPM), is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. With back to school around the corner, the Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit from Ready.gov has safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience. What you should know about youth preparedness:
- Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations
- Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.
- Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and child care facility
- Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis
- Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency
- Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place
- Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911
CPSC Releases Safety Information Toolkit. This year’s Pool Safely Swim Season 2019 Partner Toolkit has been released. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) releases this packet of materials each year for organizations to use to promote swimming safety. Materials in the toolkit include the resources you need to spread the word about Pool Safely at summer events, on your website, on social media and/or during media interviews. Included are social media-ready images, as well as campaign messages and new data points you can copy and paste in your communications. The toolkit also provides sample media posts in both English and Spanish. Some of these posts promote the CPSC’s Pool Safety Pledge, which it encourages adults and children to take every year.
Active Shooter Go Bag Response Kits. Go bags provide critical resources during an active threat emergency, with instructions and items to help employees communicate with police and secure rooms where go bags are stored. Check out the Active Shooter Go Bag Response Kit – Basic Tactical and the Active Shooter Go Bag Response Kit – Basic Tactical + First Aid available from J. J. Keller.
All Aboard: Embracing ERM in Your Nonprofit is the title of a Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC) article by Melanie Lockwood Herman. Herman states, if you’ve been hearing references to Enterprise Risk Management or ERM frameworks you’re probably wondering whether this particular incarnation of risk management is relevant to your organization. You may also be wondering whether transforming a perfectly good risk management function into an ERM program is worth the time, effort, and expense. ERM sometimes feels out of reach. The sentiment, “we can’t afford ERM” is expressed by teams from small, nimble organizations as well as teams working in larger, better-resourced nonprofits. The NRMC team believes that ERM fundamentals should not be elusive or out of reach for any mission driven nonprofit. Click HERE to read the full article detailing three ways to broaden your approach to risk management.
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Prevent Mid-Summer Let Down. July sees more swimmers and more drownings than any other month, so it is imperative that lifeguards at aquatic facilities are prepared and vigilant. Here are a few tips to help manage swimmers and prevent incidents: Training – In-service training should include a heavy emphasis on the prevention of drowning, scanning drills should be part of the daily/weekly schedule and the aquatic EAP should be practiced regularly; Swimmer management – ensure that swim testing, buddy checks and safety breaks are consistently and smoothly implemented. Lifeguards – provide adequate breaks, water and shade for guards and ensure they are properly positioned and equipped. Need more ideas for aquatic safety? Review the summer Aquatic Safety Reminder again and visit the Online Resource Library.
2019 Safe + Sound Week. Join the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019. Safe + Sound Week is nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. Safe workplaces are sound businesses. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started or energize an existing one. Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners should participate. Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy. Click HERE to get started. Select the activities you would like to do at your workplace. You can host an event just for your workers or host a public event to engage your community. After you’ve completed your events, you can download a certificate and web badge to recognize your organization and your workers.
More resources are available in the Online Resource Library.
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