Active Shooter Prevention for Public Entities

Posted by Chris Grollnek on April 5, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Active shooter prevention for public entities and corporations is a relatively new training concept, but a reality that risk managers can no longer ignore. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been an uptick in violent incidents occurring in the work environment, from 65% to 73%. Therefore, training must be comprehensive, encompassing all areas of daily operations and should translate into an opportunity for organizations, by turning a “squeamish” subject into a benefit with a possible return on investment (ROI).

Disaster Management: Planning for Disasters

Posted by Dan Hurley on March 29, 2016 at 1:20 PM

We all know that disasters can come in all sizes and levels of severity, and each may be unique depending on your entity's location and function. While in a public school district, one of our most serious disasters involved a nor’easter over a veteran's day weekend. The storm ripped off a large portion of the school's northwest roof saturating and exposing several classrooms, and indirectly flooding all rooms on both floors. In another event on a much smaller scale, an incompatible metal plug in a middle school's boiler room on a pressurized line, released water over a three-day weekend.

Preventing Sexual Abuse in Organizations Starts with the Screening Process

Posted by Angelique Dale on March 22, 2016 at 9:59 AM

“The employee had a clean criminal background check.” This is often a school’s statement following an allegation of abuse. However, statistics show that even the most egregious predators do not have criminal histories (only 4% – 5% do); and as recently highlighted in this month’s USA Today exposé, teachers who lose teaching licenses in one state often get a teaching job in another state because there isn’t a national teacher disciplinary tracking system.

Doing the "Right Thing" for the Claimant is Also the Most Cost-Effective

Posted by Fernando Branco on March 15, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Without a clear clinical picture, treatment decisions for workers' compensation cases are often difficult. Surgeries, spinal interventions, opioids, stimulators, or intrathecal pumps are not always the best approaches. They may cause physical deterioration and drastically increase our expenses. Here are some suggested alternatives:

Planning for a Communications Failure

Posted by Ken Reid on March 8, 2016 at 10:10 AM

In the event you need to engage your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), or Orders of Succession (OOS), do you also have a plan to ensure your communications capabilities? This can happen in the event that cell or internet service is overloaded or down, making your communications facility inoperable, whether your needs are short or long-range.

Risk Perception, Outrage and the Flint Water Crisis

Posted by Brandon S. Brewer on March 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., is not new. Water quality in the city has been an issue for years, affecting many people – residents, companies who use the water supply and elected leadership and environmental health regulators at local, state and federal levels trying to come to grips with the problem. The story has slowly spiraled out from being local to regional to national news.

Making Schools Safer: A Relationship Opportunity and a People Solution

Posted by William Grace Frost on February 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Creating safer schools is a relationship opportunity that first and foremost, needs a people solution. Adding more surveillance cameras, metal detectors and security guards will help keep the guns and bad guys out, and make schools more “secure”, but the majority of “safety” problems happen within the schools themselves. No amount of beefing up security can stop kids’ prejudices, emotional acting out and peer-to-peer mistreatments from getting through the front doors.

Marijuana and the Drug-Free Workplace

Posted by Sarah R. Schmitz on February 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Marijuana is one of the hottest topics being discussed today. Currently, 24 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form and four states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. However, due to these changes in legislation in many states, employers are left feeling hazy. Often, employers are unclear about whether they can still enforce a drug-free environment. That answer depends on where you live.

21st Century Policing: Ensuring that Transparency Does Not Undermine Public Safety

Posted by Samuel C. Hall Jr. on January 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Through my efforts representing law enforcement, I know that police body cameras are at the forefront of many officers’ minds. With the recent release of high profile video footage from Chicago and elsewhere, the public is now certainly engaged. 

Safety Committee Formation

Posted by Marilyn Rivers on November 3, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Do you feel like you stand alone trying to make folks understand that there are more constructive ways to solve a problem than by sweeping it under a rug? Do you get that pesky knock at the door the same time your office and your mobile phone rings, giving you that sinking feeling your day is about to go sideways? I know I do. Public entity risk management can be a lonesome proposition. So let’s try and shake off that loneliness and think about how we can create partnerships through safety committees.