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Allison Palis

The right fire extinguisher for the right purpose / Le bon extincteur pour le bon usage

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Thank you to this week’s guest blogger, Geoff Cranstone. Mr. Cranstone is a commercial insurance inspector with 17 years of experience in the industry in Canada. He is employed by IV3 Solutions (one of our representatives for our HELP (Human Element Loss Prevention) program) and provides risk assessment and risk mitigation services throughout…

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How to conduct a Distance Learning Risk Assessment / Évaluation des risques liés à l’apprentissage à distance

By | Insurance Coverage, Liability, Ophea Guidelines, Supervision | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** As distance learning continues to be offered across the province many school boards are looking at ways to support and educate our students using this medium. We wanted to assure all OSBIE members that teachers and staff working within the scope of their duties for the school board are covered under the General…

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Happy Holidays from the OSBIE Team / Joyeuses Fêtes de toute l’équipe de l’OSBIE

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Whatever is beautiful.  Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year. Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and health and happiness in the new year! Thank you for your commitment to Risk Management and for your loyalty and friendship. Our…

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Vandalism and arson prevention / Vandalisme et prévention des incendies criminels

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***Version française au bas de la page*** With the increase in arson and vandalism claims during periods when schools are unoccupied, it is important to review building security practices. Not only do these losses cost millions of dollars to repair, but it can also take upwards of 18 months until the school is fully operational. There are steps that can…

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Electronic signatures / Signature électronique

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***Version française au bas de la page*** With online learning becoming more common, as well as the move to online platforms to exchange information, school boards have asked OSBIE about the validity and reliability of electronic signatures as an alternative to pen and paper signatures. What is an electronic signature? Electronic signatures and contracts in Ontario are governed by the…

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COVID-19 phishing scam – October is Cyber Safety Awareness Month! / Attaque par hameçonnage pendant la pandémie de COVID 19 – Octobre est le mois de la sensibilisation à la cybersécurité!

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***Version française au bas de la page*** OSBIE would like to extend our thanks to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board for providing this important message. The topic is fitting since October is Cyber Security Awareness month! Recently, an Ontario organization within the Public Sector was impacted through the distribution of a phishing message with the subject line, “Re: COVID-19…

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Register Today! Playground Equipment Inspections Webinar/Inscrivez-vous aujourd’hui! Webinaire sur l’inspection de l’équipement de terrain de jeu

By | COVID-19, Events Webcasts, Facilities Management, Loss Control, Occupier’s Liability | No Comments

Date:     Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Time:     2:00 PM EDT Speaker: Allison Palis, OSBIE Session Description: While playground equipment may be closed to students during the school day due to COVID-19, it is important that maintenance and inspection routines continue for those community members that use the equipment after-hours and on weekends. During this webinar we will discuss: The CAN/CSA Z614…

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Vandalism and arson prevention / Vandalisme et prévention des incendies criminels

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***Version française au bas de la page*** “Police search for suspects in elementary school arson in Brampton, causing millions in damage”: this type of headline is an unfortunate side effect of the school closures. Arsonists and vandals generally seek properties that are vacant or where operations are temporarily shut down.  It is public knowledge that schools have been closed since…

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Flood preparedness tips / Conseils de préparation aux inondations

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***Version française au bas de la page*** The following are proactive steps that can be taken to minimize damage in advance of flood conditions and may assist in reducing the impact of flooding on your school building. These preparations are equally important during school closures. These practical steps can be taken immediately to reduce your risk profile: Include flood hazard…

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Distance Learning and Cyberbullying during COVID-19 / Apprentissage à distance et cyberintimidation durant la pandémie de COVID-19

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***Version française au bas de la page*** “During the COVID-19 pandemic, with adolescents likely to use digital platforms even more for personal or educational purposes, there could be a concurrent increase in cyberbullying, an expert warned. When smartphones and social media became ubiquitous for students, cyberbullying rates went up,” Sameer Hinduja, PhD, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida…

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