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August’s Safety Spotlight Topic – Accident Prevention & Investigation

The monthly Safety Spotlight topic for August is Accident Prevention & Investigation.  Please share the attached Safety Spotlights with employees highlighting important information on accident prevention and investigation:

  • Accident Prevention for Supervisors
  • Accident Prevention for Supervisors – Quiz
  • Near-miss Investigation Checklist

Each month we will be sending out a 1-2-page Safety Spotlight handout on the upcoming monthly safety spotlight topic.  This handout should be shared with your Principals and Directors as a tool for conducting a brief 5-10 minute safety overview with all staff (this can be done during regular department meetings). Please remember to have a sign-in sheet each month for your training records.

Download Safety Spotlight Handout

July’s Safety Spotlight Topic – Heat Illness Prevention

The monthly Safety Spotlight topic for July is Heat Illness Prevention.  Please share the attached Safety Spotlight with employees highlighting important heat illness information.  Since heat illness can affect student athletes as well, we’ve included a handout on Heat Illness Prevention for Student Athletes.

OSS FCSIG Heat Illness Safety Spotlight

The California Code of Regulations Heat Illness Standard requires employers to have a written Heat Illness Prevention Plan.  The requirements of the Heat Illness Prevention Plan were updated in 2015.  (Please see the attached handout for those changes.) If yourHeat Illness Prevention Plan does not reflect these changes or if you do not have a written Heat Illness Prevention Plan, please contact me for assistance.

California employers are required to take these four steps to prevent heat illness:

  1. Training – Train all employees and supervisors about heat illness prevention.
  2. Water – Provide enough fresh water so that each employee can drink at least 1 quart per hour, or four 8 ounce glasses, of water per hour, and encourage them to do so.
  3. Shade – Provide access to shade and encourage employees to take a cool-down rest in the shade for at least 5 minutes. They should not wait until they feel sick to cool down.
  4. Planning – Develop and implement written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.

For more information on heat illness prevention, please visit the Cal/OSHA website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/heatillnessinfo.html.

OSS Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Webinar Series – Webinar #7

Response Considerations Beyond – Mandated Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is a crime and any observed, disclosed, or suspected abuse should be reported to designated authorities as prescribed by mandated reporter laws. However, there are nuances to consider in your response to alleged abuse as well as organizational boundary violations. This session will address topics such as preserving evidence, juvenile offenders, internal reporting, internal investigations, organizational consequences, reporting to licensing agencies, public communication, victim, parent and mandated reporter harassment, and post-incident reviews.

When: Webinar #7 – May 2, 10:00 – 11:15 am.
Who Should Attend: Principals, Administrators, Risk Managers, HR Managers, and Classified Supervisors
Cost: NO COST for OSS Members

REGISTRATION LINK

SHORT VIDEO LINK

OSS Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Webinar Series – Webinar #6

Please see the invitation for Webinar #6Building a Knowledgeable Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Team, on Tuesday, March 26 from 10am – 11am.  If you are unable to join us live, each webinar will be recorded and available on the OSS Website.  The attached Webinar Series Summary has additional information on all 7 webinars.

For a brief video introduction to Webinar #6, click here: Short Video Link

Please click here to REGISTERRegistration Link

Safety Spotlight topic for February is Hazard Recognition and Response

The monthly Safety Spotlight topic for February is Hazard Recognition and Response.  As part of your Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), employers are required to conduct periodic safety inspections of their facilities in order to find safety hazards and make the necessary corrections.  It is recommended that these inspections are conducted quarterly. 

 

To assist, attached are two sample checklists that can be used when completing self-inspections by your Maintenance & Operations personnel or other district staff. These specific checklists are not required.  If you already have an inspection report checklist in use at your agency, you can use that. 

 

As a reminder, NCR updated the eligibility requirements for the 2018/2019 Matching Grant Program, to include submitting one self-inspection report accompanied by a schedule detailing when the remaining three (3) quarterly inspections will be completed this program year. If you’re interested in applying for the 2019/2020 Matching Grant Program, quarterly self-inspections will most likely be an eligibility requirement.

Quarterly Inspection Checklist

Sample Safety Inspection Checklist

OSS Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Webinar Series – Webinar #5

Please see the invitation below for Webinar #5Assessing Risky Behaviors Related to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday, February 21 from 10am – 11am.  If you are unable to join us live, each webinar will be recorded and available on the OSS Website.

Assessing Risky Behaviors Related to Child Sexual Abuse

Claims of child abuse and molestation are in the news every day, often reporting multi-million-dollar settlements against schools. The current climate is demanding a shift in focus from abuse at home to abuse at school and from reporting to prevention. We are pleased to offer you the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Webinar Series with Diane Cranley which will introduce specific steps to create an environment where child molesters virtually cannot succeed without being caught and therefore won’t want to work.

This seven-part webinar series will cover eight informed best practices including an in-depth look at child protection-focused applicant screening processes and boundary policies that will significantly lower the risk of a child in your care being sexually abused. Please watch the short video (see link above) for a sneak peak of the webinar series. More information is available on the attached series summary.
Please join us for Webinar #5 on Wednesday, February 21st from 10:00–11:00am.

Presentation Description: It’s common to hear bystanders share their memories
of specific instances of concerning behavior after an allegation of sexual abuse
comes to light, but hindsight doesn’t protect children. As we implement boundaries that intercede with grooming behaviors in our schools, we need a mechanism for individuals to report observed violations, so they can be addressed. We also need a centralized repository of these reports which creates visibility to patterns of behavior which are likely to lead to abuse without proactive intervention. This session will explore how to create an effective feedback process that becomes part of the culture of your school community.
Who Should Attend: Principals, Administrators, Risk Managers, HR Managers,
Classified Supervisors

Cost: No cost for OSS Members

RSVP: Please register for the webinar by clicking here.

Please mark your calendars for the entire webinar series. All webinars will be from
10:00–11:00am Pacific Time.

Webinar #1, #2, #3, #4 – Recording available at www.ossweb.org
Webinar #5 – Thursday, February 21st (2019)
Webinar #6 – Tuesday, March 26th (2019)
Webinar #7 – Thursday, May 2nd (2019)

If you are unable to join us live, each webinar will be recorded and available on the OSS website.

Bus Hijacker Apprehended Thanks to Heroic Driver

Larry Teixeira, O.S.S. President presents a plaque to Salena Torres, a bus driver for Southwest Transportation Agency honoring her at their in-service day.  Tyler Houston with Keenan & Associates looks on.  Due to Salena’s extraordinary presence of mind and bravery, she was able to ward off what could have been a disastrous situation to both herself and the students aboard her bus.   A man boarded her bus with the intention of hijacking it and demanded she take him to the San Gabriel Mission.  She was able to engage the radio, keeping dispatch abreast of the situation from the very beginning.  As an added safety precaution, shbus driver awarde removed and hid the keys which enabled the “Child Safety Alert System” alarm to activate.  Her main concern was to present a calm demeanor to the students while trying to get the man off the bus as quickly as possible, which is what happened.  In less than 4 minutes, police came, had the man apprehended and handcuffed.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Webinar Series, Webinar #3

Webinar #3Boundaries that Intercede with Child Molesters’ Behaviors (Part 1) on Thursday, November 15th at 10am.

Click here for more information.

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Monthly Safety Meeting Topic for November 2018 – Distracted Driving

The Monthly Safety Meeting topic for November is Distracted Driving.  Please see the attached Safety Spotlight.

For more information on distracted driving, please visit the following websites:

National Safety Council – https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/distracted-driving

Each month we will be sending out a 1-2-page Safety Spotlight handout on the upcoming monthly safety meeting topic.  This handout should be shared with your Principals and Directors as a tool for conducting a brief 5-10 minute safety overview with all staff (this can be done during regular department meetings). Please remember to have a sign-in sheet each month for your training records.

Download Monthly Topic Here

Monthly Safety Meting Topic – August 2018, Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Awareness

The monthly Safety Spotlight topic for August is Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Awareness.  The California Code of Regulations requires employers to have a written Exposure Control Plan which is designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure tobloodborne pathogens. If you do not have a written Exposure Control Plan, please contact me for assistance.

For more information on bloodborne pathogens, please visit the Cal/OSHA website at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/BloodborneFAQ.html.

There have been several incidents of Heat Stroke/Heat Illness in athletes at the HS level during this heat wave and have been compounded by the wildfires.  Please also see the attached information on Heat Illness Prevention in Athletics.  The CIF has quite a bit of resources available for HS sports programs.  Here is the link to the CIF information –  http://www.cifstate.org/sports-medicine/heat_illness/index

This is also a good time to remind your employees about the signs and symptoms of Heat Illness.  Attached you’ll find the Safety Spotlight on Heat Illness Prevention.

Each month we will be sending out a 1-2-page Safety Spotlight handout on the upcoming monthly Safety Spotlight topic.  The attached handout should be shared with your Principals and Directors as a tool for conducting a brief 5-10 minute safety overview with all staff (this can be done during regular department meetings). Please remember to have a sign-in sheet each month for your training records.

Download Monthly Topic Here