Rule of Three

Policies Can Help Protect our Youth from Abuse

Policies can help protect our youth from abuse, but only if they are followed. As the busy fall program season begins for many nonprofits it is important to remind ourselves to follow our policies so nothing slips past our efforts to protect youth from harm. An effective youth protection program includes a number of core […]

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May is National Water Safety Month

May marks the traditional start of summer swim fun in many areas. In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, the month of May 2013 has been designated as National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month will be […]

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03-15-2013 bloodborne pathogens

Confusion About Exposure Control

I recently spent some time working with an organization in reviewing and updating their Exposure Control Plan after they received an OSHA violation. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires that an Exposure Control Plan must be written specifically for each facility, be reviewed and updated at least annually and be readily available to all workers. […]

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Preventing Child Abuse

Preventing Child Abuse

Bullying is a very big problem for our youth today. As a volunteer youth leader working with teens in my community it is a topic that regularly comes up in our discussions. So why aren’t more youth organizations embracing this issue? Most YMCAs and other youth-serving organizations work diligently to address and prevent the sexual […]

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Site Security Planning

With recent tragic events still fresh in many people’s memories, organizations are continuing to review their emergency planning and security practices. I recently spent a week visiting good folks in Connecticut and helping them to prevent incidents while planning for emergencies at their primary and offsite locations. Reviewing all emergency plans is important, as is […]

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Camera-Surveillance

Smile! Look who’s watching.

When I was a kid I remember enjoying a television show created by Allen Funt called Candid Camera. The idea was they’d set-up these scenarios to play practical jokes on people or catch them doing something goofy. The end of the scene would always involve someone informing them that they’d been caught on camera by […]

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