What’s New at Safe-Wise?

2018 Summer Aquatics Safety Reminder. With the busy summer swim season soon upon us, it’s time for all aquatic leaders to be alert and prepared by orienting and regularly training seasonal lifeguard staff. Safe-Wise has again updated our annual summer aquatics preparation resource to help aquatic professionals prepare for a safe and enjoyable summer. Prepare for the summer cautiously and ensure that lifeguards are well prepared and vigilant with effective practices and procedures. Leaders must recognize that many youths who visit their pools may not have adequate swimming skills and should work to eliminate the risk of drowning for these children by swim-testing all swimmers, requiring specific protections for non-swimmers and offering swim instruction when possible. Click HERE to view the full 2018 Summer Aquatics Safety Reminder.



FLSA Compliance Videos. The US Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) provides the tools employers need to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) law. As part of their ongoing commitment to help employers understand their legal obligations, they have launched a new series of brief, plain-language videos to help explain those responsibilities. They cut through the legalese and are providing these videos as a source for employers who simply want and need to understand what the law requires. They believe that most employers want to do the right thing – they value their employees, and they want to operate in compliance. Click HERE to check out the videos, along with the many other compliance assistance tools they offer.



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.



World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) will take place on Thursday, June 21, 2018. This will be the ninth year for the global event and TEAM WLSL™ will continue with its goal of reaching more than one billion with the message Swimming Lesson Save Lives™ by 2019. Local WLSL events will take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours. The WLSL event serves as a platform to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-14. Research shows risk of drowning can be reduced by 88 percent if children participate in formal swimming lessons between the ages of 1-4. Yet, a survey conducted by the American Red Cross in 2014 found that more than half of Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills. This CAN and SHOULD change and this is the mission of TEAM WLSL™. Registration is open at WLSL.org.



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.