School’s focus a lot of their time on staff training and preparedness, from summer training to teacher work days throughout the year. Many states require students be taught about fire safety, but often times, the students are left out in the preparedness process. Read how students can make a difference in safety and be used as a safety asset, how you can start the safety conversation with them, and how to discuss safety, taking student age into consideration. Read More
March 22, 2016
An After Action Review (AAR), is commonly used by the military and according to the Harvard Business Review is, “A method for extracting from one event or project and applying them to others.” For instance, if during your past fire drill, exit doors were not closed after everyone evacuated, you recognize that as a shortcoming and next time you have a fire drill, someone is in charge of securing those inner perimeter doors before evacuating themselves. You took an instance from one event and applied it to the next event. After Action Reviews are critical to the continuation of safety and security for any facility and enables organizations to continue striving toward a safer environment. Read More
March 18, 2016
Keeping Your Options Open During Emergencies
Many times, we hear stories of an active shooter or armed intruder, we hear that victims heard chaos and looked for the nearest exit to escape but ended up in more danger. When attempting to escape, victims tend to run blindly, not really knowing where the incident is or the location of the shooter/intruder. Unfortunately since the focus is just on trying to get out, victims may actually be running toward danger due to lack of visibility and awareness of their surroundings prior to the incident. Keep reading to learn how visibility is directly linked to awareness and how these critical opportunities can help when in an emergency situation. Read More
March 17, 2016
How You Can Deter Violence with Non-Lethal Force at Your Hospital
A prisoner being treated at a hospital suddenly disarms the deputy guarding him, shooting and killing him with his own service weapon. The prisoner, now armed and not wearing handcuffs, poses a lethal risk to anyone else in the hospital who might try to stop him. Hospital security officers, armed with TASERs, respond to the scene and deploy a TASER to stop the threat and subdue the prisoner. The TASER effectively subdues the man, who later is pronounced dead.
This is a nightmare scenario that actually unfolded at a hospital in St. Cloud Minnesota in 2015. Had the hospital security officers not been armed with TASERs, other lives might have been lost that day. While TASERs are not meant to be a response to deadly force incidents, the deployment of this non-lethal defensive tool in this case was effective, but also resulted in the death of the subject. Read More
March 15, 2016
Do You Know Who’s Watching?
Stalking is something that is rarely talked about openly in our society, but it is a scary reality for over 7 million people in the United States. Stalking is not just what we see in movies or on the television, it is a concern for both men and women and can interfere with all aspects of life. Stalking is a growing concern for all, but especially those under 25 years of age and can be cause for concern in your place of worship. Without proper policies, stalking can lead to grave consequences for not only the victim, but those around as well. We have some ways to help you mitigate risk of a stalker at your place of worship. Read More
March 14, 2016
Indoor Safety Should be Reflected Outside Too
Schools focus a lot of their time on increasing safety and making the inside of their facility as secure as possible by keeping unwanted visitors out and monitoring who accesses the buildings. But many outdoor events take place during a school year including sporting events and games, field days, and car washes for fundraising. It is critical to safety and security that efforts are put in to controlling and managing risk at outdoor events at your school, not just securing the interior during normal school hours.
Creating a secure environment for guests at an outdoor event should be a priority. Provide that security to your guests by hiring or recruiting extra security for large events such as rival sports games. Emotions are often on edge and can create an incident quickly. Additional security means more eyes on guests which can minimize an incident before it happens or before it escalates.
March 10, 2016
Prepare Early for an Efficient Response
Hospitals’ risk and concerns differ from most other facilities and accept many people in the event of a mass disaster in their community. Natural disasters, chemical releases, large car accidents and other situations like active shooters and terrorist attacks are all cause for concern, and are scenarios hospitals must prepare for.
Natural disasters and weather are out of our control, but they can carry serious risk not only to infrastructure, but also public health. When these scenarios arise, hospitals must be prepared to accept patients, possibly many that are injured from the disaster. Since the weather patterns and seasons are predictable to a degree, we can assume there may be injuries from hurricanes from June to November, but earthquakes can be harder to predict and injuries from these may be in the hundreds. This is when up-to-date training comes in. Up-to-date training means hospital staff are better prepared to treat and respond because they are trained on the latest protocols and have the information fresh in their mind, enabling them to cope and respond in a more efficient manner. Read More
March 9, 2016
Training is arguably the most critical component to mitigate risk at your hospital. Timely training reduces the amount of safety related incidents and creates a safer facility for not only patients, but staff as well. Whether it be a slip, trip or fall concern, or reducing illness for staff, training will help to mitigate most risks. Training is knowledge and knowledge is power, power over your safety and security concerns. Read More
March 8, 2016
Consistency & Efficiency for Facility Compliance
Compliance. A well-known word to those who work in the medical field. According to Merriam-Webster, compliance is, “the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do.” Many organizations require compliance for hospitals, such as OSHA, The Joint Commission, and others. It can become difficult for hospitals to juggle these requirements and continually meet them. Today we want to help by offering some tips on how you can manage compliance needs and schedules at your hospital. Read More
March 7, 2016
Fire Hazards & Reducing Risk
Hospitals and healthcare facilities are one of many places with continuous risks, meaning safety and security must be well planned and up-to-date. Fire hazards are one of the many hazards and concerns we will talk about this week during our series, “Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital.” Fire hazards are one aspect that can be easily maintained, thus reducing the risk involved. But the only way to make that possible is to stay on top of certain aspects that cause the most concern to a hospital. Click through to see how these 6 areas of concern can be mitigated to reduce fire risk. Read More