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  • Thursday, October 11, 2012 8:53 AM | Anonymous member

    Planning for Weather-Related Emergencies: Tips for Reducing Risk

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  • Thursday, October 04, 2012 2:11 PM | Anonymous member
    Dear Members,

    2012/2013 promises to be an exciting year for OSSOA. We look forward to building on the momentum of our annual workshop held in July at the Riverhouse in Bend. If you joined us at the conference you heard presentations on the emerging risks associated with electronic media and social networks, and the importance of safety committees and sound risk management practices. There were also opportunities to meet and network with colleagues around the state including a roundtable discussion on the challenges of complying with Integrated Pest Management regulations. We have received excellent feedback from those of you who attended the conference and have already begun planning for next year. We would love to hear from you if there are topics you would like to see covered.

    The strength of our association is drawn from the collective knowledge and expertise of our membership and is supported by the relationships we build with our sponsor members. We all face many of the same challenges, and answers and solutions can often be found by networking through OSSOA. We become stronger as our membership grows, when we add new sponsors, and when our organization makes it easier to share resources with each other. We are committed to working this year to grow in all three areas through networking, our website, and our annual workshop.

    I encourage you to explore the resources OSSOA has to offer. Visit our website and see the latest in the world of safety, take advantage of the networking opportunities, and make plans to join us next July 23 in Bend.

    Finally, if you have any questions or suggestions for how we can serve you better, please feel free to contact me or any of the board members.

    Best regards,

    Kevin Jones, ARM
    Loss Control Specailist
    Beaverton School District
    OSSOA President
    (503) 591-4561
  • Monday, February 27, 2012 2:22 PM | Anonymous
    We have posted resources to start you on the path to implementation.

    IPM is a common-­sense pest management strategy that integrates multiple tactics including sanitation, pest exclusion, cultural, mechanical, and other non-­chemical methods.

    Do you have resources you have found useful? What are you still looking for? Let us know by emailing

  • Tuesday, December 06, 2011 12:58 PM | Anonymous
    The EPA is offering a free webinar on indoor air quality this Friday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. (PST)


    From the EPA email:
    The U.S. EPA, Indoor Environments Division is hosting a webinar featuring David Blake, Environmental Specialist/Indoor Air/Asbestos, Northwest Clean Air Agency and Richard Prill, Building Science and Indoor Air Quality Specialist, Washington State University. Together, they will help attendees:
    • Gain insight on how to identify potential IAQ issues before they become major problems for your school community.
    • Learn when and how to take, interpret and use IAQ-related measurements to determine the condition of your school buildings.
    • Discover tools and resources your school can use, including checklists within the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, to conduct a thorough and effective walkthrough investigation.
    • Learn the importance of prioritizing IAQ issues and the power of effective communication when responding to reports and concerns.
  • Monday, September 12, 2011 1:45 PM | Anonymous
    We are a week into school and over a week into September and it's probably time to share some information about National Preparedness Month. Especially as we've just seen the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and some devastating weather in other parts of the country. Oregon has been relatively quiet (knock on wood) compared to the other parts of the United States but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be thinking about how we should prepare, react, deal with a disaster.

    First, the federal government site,, offers some great videos, toolkits and public service advertisements you can use to educate your constituents. They also have a site designed for kids which is useful in preparing kids for those emergency drills.

    Oregon Emergency Management has lots of information as well. Including a link to Citizen Corps which helps coordinate preparedness efforts in communities. Schools have a large role to play when it comes to community planning as they are most often the site of shelters or other distribution points. It is important to have community agreements and relationships built so relief and recovery can be started immediately after an occurrence.

    And finally, American Red Cross has resources and a store where you can buy supplies. Their list of resources and advice for National Preparedness Month was posted September 1. They even have a blog that can be RSS fed into your favorite reader (for those tech savvy individuals).

    Now it's your turn. Tell us what you know. What resources have you come across that have been helpful in your planning for a disaster?
  • Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:58 AM | Anonymous
    Two OSHA 10-hour construction trainings have been scheduled for Oregon school districts. The topics covered in the construction trainings are relevant to schools even if you aren't building or renovating. Plan to attend August 11 and 12, 2011. BELFOR Property Restoration of Oregon is providing the approved training free of charge. Space is limited.

    The trainings will be held in Salem and the specific location will be sent after you register.

    More information and the agenda is available on the calendar.

    Register by sending an email to Phil Wentz including the attendee names and your school district name.
  • Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:38 PM | Anonymous
    The National Safety Council has resources to help organizations participate in National Safety Month. This year, the weekly topics are:

    June 1-4 - Summertime safety
    June 5-11 - Preventing overexertion
    June 12-18 - Teen driving safety
    June 19-25 - Preventing slips, trips and falls
    June 26-30 - On the road, off the phone

    In addition to the resources provided each week, NSC is making available a CPR and AED online training for families and community members. It's FREE and does not have to be completed all at once. Participants have 45 days to complete the course. What's the catch you ask? You must sign up between June 1-7, 2011 to take advantage of the free offer.
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    Everybody has questions about the new EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. We compiled a list of questions OSSOA members asked and asked Barbara Zeal the program coordinator for the Lead Poisining Prevention Program in the Office of Environmental Public Health to answer them. The entire document can be found in our Health issues resources.

    If you have other questions about the RRP rule, let us know.

  • Friday, October 09, 2009 11:16 AM | Anonymous
    Welcome to the new OSSOA website where you'll find more functionality and more information. Along with being able to access your membership information, the member corner will feature workshop presentations and other information for members only.

    Resources will host links and safety information that we have gathered for you. If you have links, resources or other information you think would be beneficial to other school safety folks, let us know.

    The new site allows registration for events and is completely integrated into your membership profile, so you'll be able to mange your own registrations now.

    Many more functions will be released as they are developed. Keep coming back and help us make this site even better.
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