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Tips for Preventing Ergonomic Injuries in Schools

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Ergonomic issues can cause back, shoulder and wrist injuries and can occur in many different jobs around your district. From janitors to teachers, there are many opportunities for ergonomic improvements at schools. » More

It’s that time of year when those warm days of summer begin transitioning to cool mornings and evenings. For many schools, that means heating boilers will begin firing up. Unfortunately, that also means some of these boilers will experience issues, which could result in a breakdown. These equipment failures often mean expensive claims and may even necessitate a school shutdown. » More

Drill season is upon us again. Emergency drills are a vital part of a school’s emergency action plan, but often are completed without much thought or structure. A properly conducted drill ensures that all the right steps are taken, whereas an unstructured drill can lead to crucial mistakes during an actual emergency. » More

Summer is a great time to take a look at your district’s slip and fall prevention procedures for areas that may need improvement. Slip and falls are consistently a top loss driver for schools, causing injuries, lost work days and even death. Fortunately, there are a several products on the market that can assist you in lowering the number of slip and fall incidents in your district. » More

Schools have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their students and the public by hiring safe drivers. One of the best ways to do this is to establish firm driver qualification criteria. Part of this criteria should include a motor vehicle records review for all potential drivers and an annual review for all current drivers. » More

According to the CDC, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. It's now estimated that more than 90 people die every day in the U.S. as a result of opioid abuse. Prescription opioid abuse is a problem that can affect both your staff and your students. » More

Slips, trips and falls are problems year-round for schools but are much more prevalent in the winter. Preparing ahead of time can help keep students, staff and visitors safe. » More

Chemistry class provides great opportunities for students to learn about the world around them, but unnecessarily risky experiments can go awry quickly and cause injuries to students and staff. » More

When you think of a school security threat, what do you think of? An active shooter? While the possibility of a school shooting is a potential risk, it is not the leading cause of loss in schools. » More

There has been some recent confusion regarding the OSHA reporting and recordkeeping requirements for schools. » More

Ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts files and requires payment to remove the encryption, has become increasingly widespread in the past couple years. The recent rise in ransomware is something schools should not ignore. » More

It only takes a second. A teacher walks from the school parking lot to the classroom, and fails to see the ice on the ground. In the time it takes to blink, they slip and fall and become permanently disabled. Unfortunately this isn't just an anecdote. Accidents like this happen every winter. » More

With winter weather fast approaching, now is the time to get your school buses and drivers ready. Check out these tips to help keep your staff, students and the public safe this winter. » More

Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of injury in schools, causing sprains and strains, broken bones and time away from work. Follow these three simple tips to prevent slip, trip and fall hazards in your classroom. » More

Have your school employees completed their required annual bloodborne pathogens training? Now is a great time to train your staff to ensure you are in compliance with OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard. Here are a couple quick refreshers on the standard. » More

Off the top of your head, can you name all the chemicals currently used or stored in your school? It is easy to lose track of laboratory materials. The best way to prevent this from happening is to establish a chemical purchasing policy. » More

When an athlete experiences a concussion, his or her brain needs time to heal. Devastating injuries can occur if a concussed athlete continues to play. » More

Chances are you have probably noticed ice buildup on your school's walkways at least once. EMC challenges you to be proactive and try these three methods for dealing with the ice. » More

Is your school prepared for a crisis? An unanticipated tragic event can quickly escalate into a school-wide catastrophe if not dealt with immediately and effectively. » More

It seems like every week there is another report of a data breach. In fact, according to Harford Steam Boiler, more than half of all organizations have experienced a data breach at one time or another. » More