ACA Announces New Accreditation Model. After two years of information gathering, planning, and testing, in September 2018, the American Camping Association (ACA) has introduced new standards for accreditation. Developed by the National Standards Commission, the revised accreditation process is designed to be more inclusive and applicable to a variety of groups, without sacrificing the intent, rigor, or integrity of the standards program. Click HERE for frequently asked questions about the 2019 standards and transition.
DHS Active Shooter EAP Guide and Resources. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Guide is a short guide that describes how to fill out the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Template. The template is basic but is a great starting point for a plan and a discussion on what needs to go into a plan. The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for an active shooter scenario. This instructive video guides viewers through important considerations of EAP development utilizing the first-hand perspectives of active shooter survivors, first responder personnel, and other subject matter experts who share their unique insight. The Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop Series feature facilitated discussions to inform participants on the best practices associated with preparing for and responding to an active shooter incident. For more information on these workshops, please contact the Active Shooter Preparedness Program at ASworkshop@hq.dhs.gov and click HERE to access the full fact sheet for the DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Program.
New Resource: Treadmill Safety Considerations. From their powerful motors and fast-spinning belts to exposed power cords, treadmills cause many injuries each year. Some of the most dangerous treadmill accidents involve people who lose their footing, fall and end up pinned between a wall and the machine, whose spinning belt can cause serious skin burns and shearing. Some extreme cases have resulted in death from head trauma and blood loss caused by a fall. Click HERE to view our new Treadmill Safety Considerations document available on the Resource Library.
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 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.