Safety News

  • Wednesday, April 03, 2013 12:42 PM | Anonymous member
    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.  In the April issue we  focus on safety challenges unique to spring and ODE regulations prohibiting the use of 12-15 person vans when transporting students.   To view the April edition of School Safety MattersClick Here.  Previous editions are available under Newsletters in the topical resources section.
  • Monday, March 04, 2013 12:25 PM | Anonymous member
    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees. Click Here for the March edition of School Safety Matters. Previous editions are available under Newsletters in the topical resources section.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:50 PM | Anonymous member


    Over 1 MILLION workers suffer back injuries each year, accounting for 1 in 5 workplace injuries *

    4 out of 5 injuries to the lower back result from manual materials handling including lifting, placing, carrying, holding and lowering.*

    25% of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries and 1/3 of all compensable back injuries could be prevented via ergonomics.*


    Avoid manually lifting and minimize distances loads are lifted and lowered. *

    Improve access to materials being handled, allowing workers to get closer, reducing reaching and twisting.*

    *National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health and Bureau of Labor Statistics


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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2013 2:57 PM | Anonymous member
    In response to the increased discussions involving the threat of shootings in schools, we are sharing the following resources with our membership:  Board member John Meyer has summarized his interpretation of the book School Shootings by Joseph Lieberman, an insightful exploration of the root causes and nature of these events. To read John's summary, Click Here.

    We would also like to share power points on School and Law Enforcement Joint Response and Preparing for an Active Threat.

    Finally, we have added a training video on defensive measures for responding to an attack.
  • Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:51 AM | Anonymous member

    The 2012-2013 flu season began early this year and has become one of the worst we have seen in years. Click Here for informational, flyers, videos, and other valuable resources for dealing with influenza and other infectious disease outbreaks.

    The following is a message from Kaiser Permanente outlining strategies to protect ourselves and our staff members:

    ”Influenza activity is increasing in Oregon and Washington. With heightened media coverage recently, we are seeing an increase in requests for seasonal flu vaccinations in unprecedented numbers.  And, KPNW facilities (especially our urgent care clinics and the Emergency Department) are also seeing an increasing number of members with influenza-like illness.

    Do what you can to stay healthy

    The flu is spread from person to person, mostly through coughing and sneezing. You can also get a flu virus by touching a contaminated surface.  

              Take these steps to avoid getting and spreading the flu:   Get vaccinated now if you haven’t already. It’s not too late.

              Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Carry an alcohol-based hand gel to use when you can’t wash.

              Cover your cough. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve instead of your hands. If you do use your hands, wash them as soon as you can.

              Avoid touching your face. Flu viruses can spread by touching something or someone that is contaminated and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Keep surfaces clean. Countertops, telephones, toys, cups, sinks, and other items that sick children or adults come in contact with may become contaminated. The FDA recommends mixing 1 teaspoon of bleach with 1 quart of water or using a household sanitizer to help keep surfaces clean. Disinfect sponges frequently by running them through the dishwasher or washing machine or by soaking them in a bleach and water solution.”  

    Here are some additional cold and flu related resources:

  • Monday, January 14, 2013 9:37 AM | Anonymous member
    Winter weather creates many safety challenges including slip and fall hazards resulting form accumulating snow. The removal of this snow, however, can expose our employees to risks as well.  Click here for important snow shoveling safety tips.
  • Wednesday, January 09, 2013 12:03 PM | Anonymous member
    In light of the recent shootings at Portland's Clackamas Town Center, and Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary, are you, like many school administrators across the country, reviewing your school district's Emergency Response Plans and Reunification Plans? It's never too late to start now!

    Your school's Emergency Response Plan is a document that tells everyone--teachers, staff, students, parents and school board members--how your school is planning to react in an emergency, and what everyone's roles are supposed to be to ensure the safety and security of students and staff after an incident. It should also include a communications plan, so information can be delivered to staff, students, parents and the press in an effective manner. Finally, in order for your district to be eligible for some forms of financial assistance after a disaster, your district may be required to show that it has developed and followed these written plans.

    Your school's Reunification Plan is a document that describes what you're going to do after an incident to ensure the students are safely reunited with their families as soon as possible. It can help you not only ensure that your students are given to the right adults, but also help you avoid traffic jams of worried parents blocking access to busses and emergency vehicles, because they'll know what to do and where to go.

    The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) provides districts with lots of assistance to put together their plans.  They have a great page with lots of resources, including a sample School Emergency Operations Plan upon which you can base your own schools' plans.

    In addition, FEMA also has a flyer (in PDF format) called "Preparedness Tips for School Administrators". It contains a good summary of a district's needs, and it contains clickable links to more resources, including message scripts and a sample reunification plan!

    You can access both the FEMA site and the FEMA flyer by clicking on this link to the OSSOA Disaster Resources Page and scrolling down to the bottom of the page!

  • Friday, December 14, 2012 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    We are thinking of those involved in the school shooting in Connecticut with the deepest sympathy. This tragedy is beyond the scope of anything we have experienced before. Our association and membership extends our condolences and any support we can provide.

    Send your condolences to Newtown

    To that end, take a moment to look at your policies, plans of action and emergency protocols to make sure they are up-to-date. We have posted some resources to get you started.

    If you have others that have been helpful to you, let us know. We’ll post them on our site.

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:41 PM | Deleted user

    If you find yourself hitting the road during adverse conditions, consider these 10 tips to stay safe on your journey.

     1. Know your route and keep abreast of weather conditions. The Web can be great source of current weather information. Make a list of Department of Transportation road-condition hotlines and consult them every few hours while you’re on the road. In Oregon it is Pay special attention to avalanche conditions along your route, because temporary road closures are common in mountain areas.

     2. Drink plenty of water. When the weather is chilly, dehydration might seem unlikely, but according to a study by the Mayo Clinic, as little as a 1-2 percent loss of body weight can lead to fatigue and reduced alertness undefined both of which can be deadly when you are driving in icy conditions. Carry (and drink) five to six 16-ounce bottles of water per day. Keep them with you in the passenger compartment, as they might freeze in the trunk.

     3. Eat enough food. Your body needs more nourishment in cold weather than it does on a balmy summer day. Avoid candy bars and other quick-sugar-release snacks. Sandwiches, fruit or a thermos of hearty stew are much better choices. Carry a day’s worth of high-energy food and water in a warm area of your vehicle in case you are stranded for a few hours.

     4. Pack a winter travel safety kit. Include a cell phone, an ice scraper and brush, a tow rope, cat litter (for use as a traction aid), blankets, a good flashlight, a candle, matches, a good book, a portable weather radio and a can of lock de-icer. (Never use hot water on glass or locks undefined it will refreeze and create a bigger problem.)

     5. Slow down. A good rule of thumb is to reduce speed by 50 percent in snowy conditions. Blasting through snowdrifts may look cool in TV advertisements, but it’s way too hard on your vehicle to be worth it. Equally important: Don’t go too slow. Your car needs momentum to keep moving through snow on grades.

     6. Keep a light touch on the controls. Smooth operation is the key to keeping control in slippery situations. Nervousness can lead to a hard clench of the steering wheel, which can result in loss of control. Consciously loosen your grasp or stretch out your fingers from time to time to help prevent that white-knuckled grip.

     7. Know how to recover from skids. When braking on a slippery road, it’s all too easy to “lock up” your wheels by stepping on the brakes a little too hard. If you start to skid, steer the vehicle gently in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go and don’t touch your brakes. This used to be called “turning into the skid,” but tests have shown that drivers often misinterpret these words in real-life situations.

     8. Keep your tires in good condition and properly inflated. Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so check and adjust frequently. Tire tread depth should be at least 1/8-inch, and good snow tires with lugs will outperform just about any all-weather tire on the market. Carry (and be able to install) traction-control devices like snow chains whenever you know you’ll be in a snowy area. Sometimes such devices are required, and if you don’t have a set, you’ll be forced to pay a premium to acquire them on the spot.

     9. Make frequent rest stops. Winter travel is much more fatiguing than summer cruising, so stop every hour or so. Get out, stretch undefined maybe even make a few snow angels! It takes only five minutes to significantly improve your level of alertness.

     10. If you get stuck, stay in your vehicle. Stay warm and wait for assistance. Make sure that your exhaust pipe is clear of any obstructions, including snow and ice; if you don’t, carbon monoxide gas can build up inside the vehicle.


    Whether you’re hitting the road in winter for work or for pleasure, preparation and knowledge can help keep you whistling “Let it Snow” instead of fighting frostbite in a snowdrift.


  • Monday, December 03, 2012 3:53 PM | Anonymous member

    Free Webcast – Thursday, December 13 at 12:00pm EST
    Birds and Bats: Pest Management Tips for the Educational Environment

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    While wildlife plays a valuable role in the natural environment, birds and bats can become pests in the educational environment when their behavior becomes a nuisance – causing property damage and posing health risks for students, teachers and staff.

    Join a FREE, interactive 75-minute webcast to hear IPM experts discuss proven methods for responding to and controlling the problems associated with birds and bats in the educational environment. You’ll learn corrective actions, inspections and preventive measures to reduce factors contributing to bird and bat nuisance issues.

    Birds and Bats: Pest Management Tips for the Educational Environment
    Thursday, December 13
    12:00pm-1:15pm EASTERN
    Register Now!

    You will learn IPM tips and best practices that will help you:

    • Utilize proven techniques for managing unwanted birds and bats
    • Understand related legal issues and constraints
    • Develop and implement a regular inspection process
    • Document IPM inspections, maintenance and corrective actions
    • Generate reports detailing your IPM efforts
    • Identify additional IPM resources to aid your efforts
    • Achieve a safe and well maintained environment

    Register now for this free webcast:

    Presenters are:

    • Paul Duerre, CIE: Environmental Specialist – Killeen ISD, TX
    • Lynn Braband: Senior Extension Associate – NYS Community IPM Program at Cornell University
    • Roger Young: Executive Director – Facility Masters
    • Matt Lightner: Applications Specialist –

    Can’t join us on 12/13? Register anyway and receive the webcast recording via email.

    Click or copy and paste the below link into your internet browser to register:

    This Facility Masters webcast is sponsored by your friends at SchoolDude!

    For additional resources on improving pest management and the learning environment, visit the Facility Masters Resource Library and the SchoolDude Resource Library. | 6 Patricia Circle | Andover, MA 01810

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