Current Newsletter

April 2019 | Volume 13 Issue 4.2 

Recall Alert: Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play. On April 12, 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price recall all models of Rock ‘n Play Sleepers due to reports of deaths. Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances. Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. Click HERE to contact Fisher-Price or toll-free at 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information. 

Verifying Identity. Many membership-based youth serving organizations have taken steps to protect their children through implementing policies that require screening members against a sex offender registry. One very important, yet often overlooked, step in implementing these policies is to verify the identity of all potential members when they submit membership applications to ensure the use of accurate identifying information; name, address, date of birth, etc. We recommend requiring verification of a government issued picture ID at the time of application for all adult members. The next question we should ask ourselves is, do we require all guests and contractors to sign-in, verify identity with a government issued picture ID, and do we screen them against a sex offender registry? At the end of the day, we should be able to verify the identity of everyone who enters our facilities by ensuring that all members, guests, and contractors are who they say they are. Verifying identity is a crucial step that should not be overlooked in securing the safety of our facilities. Verifying identity can also help in deterring other negative behaviors, like theft and vandalism. 

Clearing the Air on Marijuana is the title of a March 24, 2019, Safety+Health Magazine article by Susan Vargas. Vargas discusses the shifting, conflicting laws that put employers and safety pros in a challenging position. Twenty-five years ago, marijuana was illegal throughout the United States. Today, the drug – made from dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant – is legal for medicinal use in 33 states and for recreational use in 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. This trend toward legalization shows no sign of stopping. The growing prevalence of marijuana legality and use means that even if employers and safety professionals are not confronting the issue now, chances are they will be soon. All of the complexity and confusion swirling around marijuana points to the need for employers to set (and consistently enforce) clear, detailed and well-thought-out policies. Click HERE to read the full article. 

National 9-1-1 Education Month: In 2008, the United States Congress recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education Month, supporting the efforts of the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition to provide resources and materials to support public education about the optimal use of 9-1-1 services nationwide. The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) suggests following these best practices whenever calling 911:

  • When to call;If you are unsure of whether your situation is an emergency, go ahead and call 911
  • If you call 911 by mistake, do not hang up the phone;Stay on the line until you can tell the call-taker that you called by accident and there is no emergency
  • Do your best to stay calm and answer all questions; The questions 911 call takers ask, no matter how irrelevant they seem, are important in helping get the first responders to you as fast as possible
  • Know the location of the emergency; Look for landmarks, cross street signs and buildings. Know the name of the city or county you are in

Click HERE to access the Top 10 Tips for Calling 9-1-1 from the NENA. Click HERE to access resources produced by both the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition and other 9-1-1 organizations across the country to help spread awareness of appropriate uses of 9-1-1 and April Education Month. 

Did you see this in the last E-news? 

Five Days of Action. Five Days of Action takes place the week of April 22 – 26th this year. The week is designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. The YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from YMCA of the USA, Darkness to Light, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and Praesidium are encouraging all YMCAs to join together to protect children leading up to Healthy Kids Day®–a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. Click HERE to sign up! Five Days of Action Kits are available for download HERE for YMCA’s and HERE for all other youth serving organizations.

Lifeguard Manager™. Counsilman-Hunsaker is proud to have collaborated with the American Red Cross to further promote safety and compliance within the aquatic industry through offering their cutting-edge, customizable web-based application for aquatic facility operators, Lifeguard Manager! Lifeguard Manager™ brings certification tracking and lifeguard performance record keeping into the 21st century, providing ready and immediate access to data with the ability to track every aspect of a well-rounded operations and risk management program and to keep it all in one place without worrying about available storage space. This cross-platform program tracks staff performance beyond just certification tracking and provides various types of performance evaluations, all within one web-based application. With quick access to data, the ability to track records and trends, and providing the solution to limited space and storage, you’ll have more time to focus on the safety and sustainability of your facility while ensuring your records and reports are always at your fingertips. Click HERE to read the official press release from SwimSwam.

More resources are available in the Online Resource Library.

Note: Printable copies of each newsletter are available in Adobe PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.