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Preparing For Winter Storms

Winter storms can mean damage to your property. Use this information to assess your exposures and plan accordingly.

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Self-Inspection Form

Use this sample form to help perform routine inspection of your property’s building and grounds while reducing risk and increasing safety.

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Pregnancy Discrimination

This bulletin offers risk management guidelines to fairly administer your organization’s pregnancy discrimination prevention policy and accommodation procedures.

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Email Phishing Precautions

This resource details what your team should know about phishing emails, provides tips to help you detect malicious emails and information on what to do if you’re a phishing scam victim.

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Tree Hazards at Schools

Many schools across the United States have mature trees on their properties. Use this information to help proactively maintain trees and increase safety.

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Charter Coach Services

Organizations can use the following checklist to help ensure the safety of their passengers when selecting and using charter coach services.

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Driver Monitoring Systems

Driver monitoring systems can be used to help identify potential “risky” behaviors for the purpose of mentoring and coaching drivers. Learn more about implementing this type of system with this guide.

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Vehicle Backing Procedures

Help reduce the risk of accident and injury from vehicles backing up. Ensure your standard operating and training guidelines mirror the recommended practices in this guide.

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Winter Driving Tips

Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in northern regions that get a lot of snow and ice. This resource provides safety tips for your employees.

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Vehicle Accident Report

Use this sample template to create a vehicle accident report for your organization.

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Vehicle Accident Investigation Preventability

Following a vehicle accident, it is important that management conducts a fair and thorough process while gathering relevant facts. Use this guide to help your organization’s internal investigations.

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Playground Inspection Checklist

Playgrounds should be regularly inspected to ensure that equipment and surfaces remain safe. Use these two safety checklists to help maintain a safe environment for kids.

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Data Breach Precautions

How much information does your organization store digitally? Is any of it personal information? Use these tips to help protect your data from a breach.

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Cyber Self Assessment

This printable checklist will help your team evaluate your data security plan using five key principles.

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Guest Use of School District Facilities

Consider the following areas to help mitigate the risk and liability associated with outside organizations using district facilities.

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CISA Announcement

In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, the FBI and CISA released a cybersecurity advisory for public consumption on preventing and mitigating ransomware attacks.

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Passenger Van Transportation Safety

Large passenger vans can pose a safety risk to inexperienced van drivers and other road users. Drivers must use caution to minimize the risk associated with their operation. The NHTSA recommends the following safety precautions.

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Disaster Preparation and Business Continuity Planning

This bulletin highlights some of the lessons learned while navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic and how these lessons can be applied and implemented into future disaster preparation and business continuity planning for your district.

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Water Damage Mitigation

Water damage from burst pipes, overflowing sinks, windblown rain penetration, and street flooding can shut down an entire school for prolonged periods and is a cause for health concerns from those who occupy the buildings. It is crucial for school districts to try to prevent and take steps to mitigate water damage.

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Bleachers and Indoor Sporting Equipment

Conducting routine safety inspections of bleachers and indoor sports equipment can help public entities prevent injuries from faulty equipment, bleacher collapse, trip and fall hazards, and other equipment-related exposures.

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Preparing Buildings for Winter Weather

The best way to reduce loss potential due to winter weather is to address exposures in advance.

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Automated External Defibrillators

There are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the United States. This bulletin discusses the critical need for AEDs in the workplace and offers guidance on the placement and use of these life-saving devices.

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Emergency Planning Tips for Schools

Do your emergency plans and drills only consider the “ideal disaster”? Here’s why you should always have a Plan B – plus tips to develop one.

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Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Prevention Policy

This sample policy can help you define sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct, and implement reporting and investigation procedures.

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Frozen Pipes

Cold weather brings on the risk of pipes freezing, which could lead to significant property damage and costly repairs among other business interruptions.

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Fidelity - Employee Theft and Fiduciary Responsibility

This bulletin offers some best practices for managing financial risks within your entity to help you prevent opportunities for Fidelity claims.

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Risk Control Program Order Form

Glatfelter offers a variety of training materials and videos to help your organization prepare for the unexpected. Clients receive one complimentary video or USB of each program.

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Driver Selection Criteria

Vehicles are one of the most important assets and potential liabilities for an organization. Use this guide to help in your organization’s efforts to recruit and hire qualified fleet drivers.

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Roof Assessment

Storms involving wind, rain, snow and hail can cause roof damage to your property. Learn how to assess roof damage and best protect your roof with this resource.

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Wildfire Mitigation and Structure Hardening

Take these actions on a regular basis to help reduce the risk of ignition on or around your structures.

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eRisk Hub

Resources to help you minimize, respond to and recover from cyber-attacks

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FBI Cybersecurity Considerations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offers insight on ways to better protect yourself from cyber criminals, how to report a cybercrime and their efforts in combating this evolving threat.

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Cybersecurity Resources from the Department of Justice

This cybersecurity unit serves as a central hub that offers white papers and additional documents to help you protect yourself from cybercrimes.

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Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Regional Contacts

To better support the security and resilience of critical infrastructure and communities at the regional, state, local, county and tribal levels, CISA has regional offices strategically located in ten CISA regions across the country to help connect their stakeholders to each other and to offer resources to help strengthen cybersecurity. Visit this resource to find your region and contact.

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3 cybersecurity tips: how to outsmart the hackers

Protecting your school from cybercrime is more important than ever and should not be overlooked. Here are a few critical steps you should keep top-of-mind to help ensure your sensitive information is properly secured.

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Ransomware reference materials for K-12 school and school district IT staff

CISA shares resources and best practices designed to help k-12 schools enhance their security during distance and hybrid learning conditions.

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Cybersecurity resources by Education Week

Find cybersecurity news, resources and best practices meant specifically to help schools boost their digital safety.

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Background Screening

Browse packages that are available through IntelliCorp to help your organization perform comprehensive background checks, minimize risks and review potential hires.

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VFIS University

Our new online risk management learning tool offers over 60 courses to help educate your team

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CISA Ransomware Guide

Access the Ransomware Guide developed jointly between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center

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Cyber Essentials Starter Kit

Use this guide to develop an actionable understanding of where to start implementing organizational cybersecurity practices.

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. Learn more here.

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Lightning Protection Guide

There are approximately 100 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes on Earth every second. Each of these lightning bolts can contain up to one billion volts of electricity. With the frequency of lightning strikes and the power of lightning, is it any wonder that lightning damage occurs?

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Layering School Access Security

This bulletin outlines some areas of consideration when constructing a layered security approach for your school district.

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Preventing Slips and Falls on School Property

This DVD presents real-life slip and fall scenarios in six specific areas of your school

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Respectful Workplace - Managers

This 19-minute training video educates leadership about workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation

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Respectful Workplace - Employees

This 20-minute training video educates frontline workers about workplace harassment and their role in maintaining a respectful workplace.

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Drive Safe

This 11-minute “Drive Safe” training video addresses what can be done to drive more safely.

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Preventing Child Abuse in your Org.

22-minute training video that takes an honest look at child sexual abuse

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Substitutes Selection, Orientation and Supervision

The use of substitute personnel is often necessary for many schools. Use this bulletin to learn more about the elements of liability that can arise from this situation.

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Table Saw Safety

This bulletin discusses precautions to avoid injuries in your school when students or faculty use table saw equipment.

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Therapy Dog Programs For Schools

Therapy dogs are becoming increasingly used in schools across the country. If your school is one of them, this bulletin will discuss important information that you need to know.

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Transportation of Students in Private Automobiles

This bulletin explores need-to-know information for private auto insurance options to help your school determine what types of transportation should and should not be permitted.

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Lead and Copper Rule

A quick reference guide for schools on regulations established by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Sexual Abuse & Misconduct: Protection of Minors/Youth

Use these best practices to help protect minors and your organization by defining and implementing a strong sexual abuse and misconduct risk management program.

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Sport Program Evaluation

If your school offers sports programs, this evaluation and preparation document will be helpful.

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Student Foreign Travel

This technical reference bulletin discusses risks associated with student foreign travel and best practices for reducing those risks.

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Field Trip Tips

Field trips make great memories and learning experiences, but they also present risks. Help minimize your school’s exposure with this information.

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Fitness Facility Use by School Staff

Your school’s fitness facility can be more safely used by faculty and staff with some precautionary preparation. Learn more about the topic with this reference.

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Lead in Water - Schools

Lead in Water - Schools

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Managing the Hazards of Summer Programs

Summer programs in schools can present different risks than those that are present during the academic year. Help your school prepare with these tips.

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Medical Emergencies in Schools

Stay up to date on the core elements of medical emergencies in schools, and keep your faculty and staff better prepared with this information.

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Physical Education

This document lists recommended locker room standards to help keep students and faculty safe.

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Risk Management in Schools

Help your school cultivate a culture of risk management by employing some of the suggestions in this bulletin.

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School District Parental/Guardian Consent

Cover school exposures for students participating in athletics by using a consent form similar to this sample.

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Sandbox Safety

Sandboxes can harbor physical, chemical and biological hazards that accumulate in the sand. Help reduce the potential for transmission of disease and enhance sandbox safety with this resource.

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School Building Projects

If your school building is expanding—use these tips to help manage insurance and contracts during the construction process.

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School Sidewalks & Parking Lots

School sidewalks and parking lots are common locations for slip and fall incidents. Help reduce this risk with inspection, maintenance, clearing and design information.

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Shop Welding Fire Safety Form

Help increase safety in your school shop area and practices with tips from this welding fire safety form.

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Snow Removal

If school travel is taking place during inclement weather, extra caution is needed. Review this snow removal policy for schools and develop your own.

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Sprinkler Fire System Maintenance and Testing

Municipal buildings and schools need properly installed and maintained sprinkler fire maintenance systems. This guide summarizes maintenance and testing considerations.

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Wildfires - Protecting Facilities

Damage associated with wildland fires can be significantly reduced by implementing a Fire Management Plan. Use this tool to develop one for your facility.

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5 Steps to Emergency Preparedness for Students with Special Needs

It’s important to ensure that your emergency plans consider the needs of all of your students. Here are five steps to help you develop a comprehensive plan.

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Athletic Emergency Card

This printable and customizable emergency card helps inform staff of what to do if an athletic-related injury occurs and reference who they should contact.

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Authorization for Team Participation

Use this sample form to help ensure your school’s students can safely participate in team sports and activities.

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COI as a Risk Management Tool

One of the most important ways to help manage your school’s risk is to use risk transfer where possible. Here’s how to identify those opportunities.

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Community Use of Schools

What you should consider before allowing others to use your facilities and ways you can help protect your school from the risks.

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Dealing with the Media

The media can help your school publicize your latest accomplishment – but they’ll also be at your doorstep when things don’t go right. Use these tips to help manage media relations.

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December Holiday Activity Safety Reminders

December can be a busy month for schools – and that means there are unique risks you should consider. Help keep the holiday season joyful with these tips.

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Defensive Supervision

Virtually every adult involved in a school district will have some level of pupil supervisory responsibility. Here are a few characteristics and qualifications of ideal supervisors to consider.

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Eyewashes and Safety Showers in School

Use this bulletin to learn the importance of eye wash stations and safety showers in schools, plus tips for placement, maintenance and inspection.

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Playground Safety Rules

Posting rules helps everyone to enjoy the park and playground safely. Here are some examples of rules organizations may want to consider using for their equipment.

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Playground Supervision

Adult supervision is critical to playground safety. This resource walks through important administration and training aspects of an adult supervision program.

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Playground Areas and Accessibility

Use this resource to help build and maintain an ADA-compliant playground so that all children have the opportunity to learn through play.

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Arson and Vandalism

What circumstances most encourage arson and vandalism? Could your school be at risk? Find out with the help of this resource.

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Electrical Safety

Today’s classrooms are filled with electronic resources and tools. Practice electrical safety with these tips.

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Fire and Smoke Barrier Doors in Schools

Properly installed fire and smoke barrier doors in schools can help reduce the impact of a fire. Learn more with this resource.

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Fire Safety for Commercial Kitchens

Kitchen and cafeteria equipment provide important meals for people, but can also be fire hazards. Use these practices to help your kitchen operate safely.

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Hail Damage Prevention Guide

Hail damage from severe storms occurs every year throughout the country. This pre-set plan can help you reduce risk during hail incidents.

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Herbicide Application Considerations

Irrigation districts depend upon herbicide use for vegetation on levees and ditches. Use these considerations to help increase safety at your facility.

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Hurricane Preparedness and Response

Hurricanes cause significant disruptions to the operations of water and wastewater facilities. Create a site-specific response plan with this outline.

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HVAC Systems

Did you know that your HVAC systems can be at risk of chemical or biological attack? Help protect your school or municipality from acts of vandalism or terrorism with these tips.

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Industrial Art Room Safety Evaluation Checklist

Industrial art shops often house equipment and materials that present a potential for injury to students and staff. Use this safety evaluation checklist to help reduce risk.

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Lightning Protection Program

67 people, on average, are killed each year by lightening. Help protect students, faculty and staff at your school with this important information.

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Mold Contamination

Uncontrolled growth of mold and bacteria can cause significant health issues and property damage. Reduce your risk with these tips.

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Risk Management Controls for Water Hazards

Bodies of water on municipal properties can present safety and liability concerns. Learn about dangers and ways to prepare with this information.

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Mowing and Weed Trimmer Safety

Lawn mowers and tractors have the potential to endanger operators and bystanders. Talk to your facilities team about the risks and consider these recommendations.

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Job/Position Description

A detailed position / job description is the starting point of a thorough hiring process.

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Table Saw Safety

It’s all about setting a positive example! Here are a few ways school staff can help increase table saw safety in the classroom.

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Back Injury Risk Factors and Risk Reduction Tips

Back injuries can appear to come from a single incident but are often caused by a combination of factors. Use these tips to help keep your team safe and reduce work-related costs.

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Bloodborne Pathogens

Use this bulletin to help your school create a plan and implement best practices to help protect your students and staff from the dangers of blood and other bodily fluids.

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Cumulative Trauma Disorders

Force + repetition + posture + no rest = Cumulative Trauma Disorder, also known as CTD. Here are the risks your team should be aware of.

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Ergonomic Risk Factors

From mopping to vacuuming and everything in between – use this resource to help evaluate the risks of each cleaning task and possible solutions.

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Ergonomic Risk Reduction

Review the do’s and don’ts of manual tasks and consider ways you can help reduce ergonomic risks in your operations.

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Fitness Facility Use by School Staff

Here are a few benefits – and risks – for your school to consider before allowing school staff to use on-site fitness facilities.

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Floor Buffers

Did you know that propane powered floor buffers can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide? Use this bulletin to learn more about risks and best practices.

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Hand and Portable Tools

Even the most basic hand and power tools can be dangerous. Take time to review these quick tips with your team.

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COI as Risk Management Tool

Public entities must manage risk of loss through transfer. This can and should be done whenever possible for increased protection. Here, we outline how.

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Crisis Planning

Most organizations experience some sort of crisis about once every two years, which is why proactive crisis planning is essential. Use this tool to get started.

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Dog Park Rules and Safety Tips

If your municipality includes dog park areas, these tips will help you to keep those areas safe. Learn from these sample dog park rules and visitor requirements.

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Sample Facility Use and Indemnification Agreement

Will a third party be using your facility for an event? If so, use this sample form to help lower your risk and exposure.

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Field Trip Tips

Field trips provide wonderful educational experiences for students, but can place schools at risk. These tips will help you put plans into place to ensure increased field trip safety.

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Inflatable Amusement Rides

Hosting a fair, carnival or festival or thinking about having a bounce house or inflatable ride? Keep this product safety commission guidance nearby.

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Investigating and Reporting Significant Occurrences

A significant occurrence is one that could generate a claim. Better prepare by using these tips on investigating and reporting.

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Liquor Liability

Could you have liquor liability exposures? Find out, and learn what to do to better protect your public entity with this resource.

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Managing Contracts

It’s important for public entities to have written contracts in place whenever working with third parties. Get tips for preparing and managing contracts here.

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Safety/Security Committees

Organizations with internal safety committees have fewer and less severe losses from employee accidents, public claims or clients and property losses. Use these tips to create one within your organization.

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School Bus Accident File Summary

Use this sample template to help create a report that can be used by your drivers in the event of an accident.

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School Bus Dispatch Accident/Incident Log

Have a proactive plan of action in place in the event of a school bus accident. Use this sample policy to build your own.

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School Bus Accident Passenger Injury List

Information can help resolve claims faster and easier. A checklist like this sample can help ensure that all important information regarding a school bus accident is recorded.

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School Bus Driver Accident Response

This resource can be used to help train school bus drivers on what to do in the event of an accident.

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School Bus Rear Door Evacuation Drills

Just as fire drills help prepare students and faculty in the event of an emergency, so do school bus rear door evacuation drills. Use this guide to help execute your own drills.

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School Bus Rider Safety Tips for Students

Help students arrive to and from school safely by discussing these tips with them and their families.