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COVID-19 and playground equipment / La COVID‑19 et les équipements de terrain de jeu

By | Facilities Management, Occupier’s Liability | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** Recent news articles have been published about the closure of public use playground equipment amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19. The concern is valid given that, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, the virus can survive up to three days on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces (https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200317-covid-19-how-long-does-the-coronavirus-last-on-surfaces). Some municipalities have made…

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Is the athletic association covered? / L’association sportive est-elle couverte?

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***Version française au bas de la page*** School boards who regularly organize events, activities or sporting programs within their own board or with other school boards or independent schools in their region will often prefer to have these events organized and operated by an athletic association.  The question arises, is the athletic association covered by OSBIE’s Commercial General Liability insurance…

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Slip and fall claim example / Exemple de sinistre découlant de glissades et chutes

By | Claims, Occupier’s Liability | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** Slip and fall (or loss of balance) claims have the highest percentage of liability claims frequency across OSBIE membership. The following is an example of a slip and fall claim and how liability was determined. Description of loss The claimant (the injured person) lost balance in the parking lot (right where the yellow…

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Considerations during withdrawal of services / Points à considérer lors du retrait de services

By | General Information, Occupier’s Liability | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** With the ongoing withdrawal of services, we’ve received inquiries about managing school activities during this time. Here are some examples that have been brought to our attention along with OSBIE’s recommendations. School event now deemed a non-sanctioned school event Example: A local university is scheduled to host a secondary school event. The event…

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The Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2019 / Les poursuites les plus ridicules de 2019

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Happy New Year everyone, we hope all our blog subscribers enjoyed some well-deserved rest and relaxation during the holiday season! For the 8th year in a row we’re carrying on the tradition of listing the Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2019 from votes cast throughout the year by visitors to FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org. Although…

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Happy Holidays/ Meilleurs Voeux

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Wishing all of our members a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year. On behalf of the OSBIE team, we would like to thank you for another great year and applaud you for your continued commitment in providing a safe school environment for your students, employees and your respective communities. We look forward to working with you in…

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How to protect your buildings over the holidays / Comment protéger vos immeubles pendant les Fêtes

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***Version française au bas de la page*** The countdown is on to the winter break!  So what does Old Man Winter have in store for us this year? The Weather Network predictions for Ontario are a long, cold and snowy winter forecast. The cold weather will be most consistent during mid and late winter with extended periods of severe cold….

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Skills Canada Ontario Participant Informed Consent & Assumption of Risk Form / Formulaire de consentement éclairé et d’acceptation du risque d’un participant de Compétences Canada – Ontario

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***Version française au bas de la page***   OSBIE is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with Skills Canada Ontario, the Participant Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Form has undergone some revisions. All activities have an inherent risk of injury.  One very important part of effective planning requires that parents be informed of the risks associated with the proposed…

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Finding the balance between fire safety and decorations / Trouver l’équilibre entre la sécurité-incendie et les décorations

By | Facilities Management, Fire Safety, Loss Control | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** From holiday and seasonal decorations to the cultivation of effective learning environments, school staff put forward innovative ideas to enhance the student experience. The question arises whether this trend is problematic from a fire safety perspective, and whether there is a balanced school environment approach to fire risk and prevention in schools. There…

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Staff/Volunteer Drivers – Auto Insurance Basics / Principes de l’assurance automobile des conducteurs bénévoles/membres du personnel

By | Insurance Coverage, Volunteers | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** OSBIE’s risk management department has been busy continuing to engage and educate our members about insurance and risk management. When an organization needs to get a message out to a large group spread across our vast province – harnessing the power of the internet and producing short videos is an effective way to…

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