Monday, December 19th, 2016

EmployeeSafe Wins…Again!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

Earlier this month, District Administration announced the winners of the 2016 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Awards. Because of YOUR nominations, the EmployeeSafe Suite has won its EIGHTH Top Product distinction and the StudentWatch Suite received an Honorable Mention! Both were featured in the December ’16 issue of District Administration. To browse the entire list […]

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A Cautionary Tale: Abiding by OSHA Mandates

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Human Resources, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

OSHA creates mandates for staff training, facility inspections, and safety tasks for good reason and should thus be taken seriously. If districts do not address and meet these mandates, staff and students could get hurt, which exposes the district to greater liability and possible litigation. A school custodian from Dearborn Heights, MI, pursued legal action […]

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

Customer Highlight – Adams County School District #14

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

When Linda Shamlin became the Interim Chief Human Resources Officer at Adams County School District #14 in Commerce City, CO this past September, she brought with her changes to how the school district would handle employee safety. She implemented PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite, the automated risk management system she had used at her prior district. “At […]

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

WORKS in the News: Risk Management

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, Operations, Workers' Comp

In February, Risk Management magazine published an online feature story authored by Jeanne Butzek, the Executive Assistant of Business Services of Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in Middleton, WI and Tom Strasburger, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for PublicSchoolWORKS. The article, titled “Developing Effective Accident Management Processes in Schools,” describes the Middleton-Cross Plains […]

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

Customer Highlight: Teton County School District #1

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, General, Human Resources, Student Violence, Student Well-Being, Workers' Comp

In order to consolidate and improve their safety programming, Teton County School District #1 in Jackson, WY is using the EmployeeSafe and StudentWatch suites. Also, Teton County School District #1 is the first district in Wyoming to use StudentWatch’s Student Behavior Management System to report and track both positive and negative student behaviors. “EmployeeSafe’s ability […]

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Customer Highlight: Lorain City Schools (OH)

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Human Resources, Operations, Workers' Comp

To make schools safe places for students and teachers, Lorain City Schools in Lorain, OH uses the EmployeeSafe Suite to help meet safety mandates. The suite’s complete training, safety task management and hazard reporting systems are automated to ensure all mandated tasks are completed. These important tasks do not fall through the cracks, thus leading […]

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Safety Considerations for Winter Weather Conditions

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: OSHA, Workers' Comp

Just because winter weather often comes with ice, it doesn’t have to come with employee injuries. There are a couple of preventive and reactive actions you should consider to taking to minimize risk: Train staff immediately before the time period when most incidents are likely to occur Train staff involved in incidents immediately after to […]

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Customer Highlight: Belle Plaine Unified School District 357

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Compliance, Courses, MSDS, Workers' Comp

Belle Plaine Unified School District (USD) 357 in Belle Plaine, KS, implemented WORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite in the fall of 2012. The additional risk management support was a welcome resource since administrators throughout the district wore so many hats. One of the district’s top needs was deploying required safety training and ensuring employee completion of these […]

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Keep an Eye Out for PSW Schools Showcased in the Media

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Crisis Response, Programs, Workers' Comp

Have a subscription to ASBO International’s School Business Affairs magazine? Flip to page 33 in the May issue to read an article about how districts in California are  purchasing EmployeeSafe Suite through their joint powers association, Schools Insurance Group (SIG), to make their districts safer and save money – all while creating a more meaningful […]

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Creating a Culture of Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Compliance, Courses, Programs, Workers' Comp

Summer break is the perfect time for year-round staff to reiterate safety precautions in schools. The National Safety Council (NSC) sponsors National Safety Month in June to bring focus to reducing leading causes of injury in all aspects of life, including schools. NSC provides free posters, fact sheets and more that you may download here. […]

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

When It Comes to School Safety, Physical Security Isn’t Enough

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Compliance, Crisis Response, MSDS, OSHA, Programs, Workers' Comp

When policymakers refer to “school safety” in funding initiatives, it often references promoting physical security initiatives, such as security cameras, metal detectors, and door locking systems. While device-based approaches can enhance security efforts, some are most useful to delay but not necessarily prevent violent events, and others help to provide additional details – like a […]

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Industry News: PSW Sweeps Education and Customer Service Awards

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Compliance, MSDS, OSHA, Programs, Workers' Comp

Every year, District Administration asks readers to nominate the products that positively impact their school environment for the Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Awards. Thanks to YOUR nominations, the EmployeeSafe Suite was selected as a Top 100 Product!

This is the fifth consecutive year the EmployeeSafe Suite has won this award, and the sixth such award PSW has earned, further emphasizing the PublicSchoolWORKS goal to completely serve our customers’ needs to reduce their time spent administering safety programs, while improving the efficiencies and effectiveness of their programs. Thank you for your continued support – it is GREATLY appreciated!

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Monday, September 16th, 2013

Customer Highlight: Forest Hills goes Self-Insured with PublicSchoolWORKS

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, OSHA, Workers' Comp

Choosing between using an insurance provider or being self-insured was one of the big decisions Forest Hills School District (FHSD) in Cincinnati, OH, was considering in 2010. While deciding to go self-insured can be a scary endeavor for school administrators, using an effective safety management system provides a safety net. FHSD was looking to save money by going self-insured, but needed the safety net of to ensure their entire safety program was being implemented, managed and sustained, and they did so with PublicSchoolWORKS.

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Safety Thought: A New School Year Means a New Start

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, MSDS, OSHA, Workers' Comp

As students and teachers come back to school, the start of the new year comes with ongoing and increased responsibilities, including staff safety training, safety tasks and more. Start the year off right by letting PublicSchoolWORKS manage these things for you.

PublicSchoolWORKS helps districts manage a wide variety of school safety concerns, including:

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Customer Highlight: Taking the “Knot in My Stomach” Worries Out of Compliance with Montgomery County Educational Service Center

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, MSDS, OSHA, Workers' Comp

As Montgomery County Educational Service Center’s Director of Human Resources, Beverly Broestl oversees the acquisition of new employees, staff training, teacher licensure, as well as the health and safety the Center’s 330 employees. In addition to all of these responsibilities, Broestl also has to ensure that all of her schools are in compliance with the numerous Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. The required annual reporting associated with OSHA alone could take weeks to compile.

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