When Do I Need to Re-“Fit-Test” My Respirator?

Fit testing is an essential function of any good respirator program. And the failure to wear a properly-fitted respirator can result in your ultimate demise. When we conduct respirator training or perform fit-testing, we instruct participants on when to retest. This is especially if certain events occur, such as dental surgery or weight loss. Often, Read more about When Do I Need to Re-“Fit-Test” My Respirator?[…]

Don’t Let Your Phone System Bring Down Your Emergency Plan

Technology constantly changes, but change doesn’t always mean for the better. I often wonder if tech designers ever get out in the field and hear feedback from their clients. Or even better, do they ever work in the field and have to use their own equipment? Sometimes what seems like a great idea in concept Read more about Don’t Let Your Phone System Bring Down Your Emergency Plan[…]

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Doing a D.O.T. Reasonable Suspicion Test

Drug testing has become increasingly difficult to understand and accomplish, especially in California. Marijuana is now legal for recreational purposes here, following years of being available for medicinal purposes. So, human resource managers and supervisors are in a new world navigating reasonable suspicion statutes. We received many questions regarding new and challenging situations at a Read more about Don’t Make These Mistakes When Doing a D.O.T. Reasonable Suspicion Test[…]

Loco Parentis – Don’t Go Beyond the Law

For many years I have been advising schools on the rights governed under loco parentis. In Latin, the term means “in place of a parent.” It is a basic tenet of student and childcare throughout federal and state law. California public schools have many regulations around the safety and security of children under their care. Read more about Loco Parentis – Don’t Go Beyond the Law[…]

Keeping up with technology in schools

The fast pace of technology I recall being in 9th grade English class and my instructor talking about technology in the future. He said that that we would buy a computer and, as we walked out of the store, that computer would already be obsolete.  It seemed crazy to me at the time, but, sure Read more about Keeping up with technology in schools[…]

Why you need a radio in temporary traffic control

 Temporary traffic control is a serious issue Working in traffic can be quite dangerous.  Whenever you make changes to a thorough fare ensuring your safety is a primary concern.  Temporary traffic control typically means that there is some form of construction or maintenance taking place within that zone.  Being able to communicate, especially as a Read more about Why you need a radio in temporary traffic control[…]

Why we don’t use padlocks in our lockout tagout programs

What is LOTO Lock out tagout is the control of energy sources with a physical lock of the system and break in the energy source to the piece of equipment.  It is important to keep you from being caught in the machinery and suffering loss of limb or death. Locks Matter The lock you choose Read more about Why we don’t use padlocks in our lockout tagout programs[…]

Should you really have a safety committee?

The safety committee is a staple of many organizations—at least as described in their injury illness prevention program and safety policies. But all too often, when we look at an agency’s safety committee, we don’t see a viable, fully functioning program that contributes to the health and safety of the organization. So you have to Read more about Should you really have a safety committee?[…]

Your lack of participation kills us all

I understand why you may not want to participate in an emergency drill. I can see you feeling it’s a bit much between fire and earthquake drills and lockdown events. Perhaps you think the number of drills your school conducts is far more than needed for the risk of that emergency happening. Or, in the Read more about Your lack of participation kills us all[…]