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Building Security

Unauthorized roof access / Accès non autorisé aux toits

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Access to rooftops is an attractive nuisance. In most cases, it is simply for the thrill of doing something you are not supposed to do, but sometimes it results in damage to school board property or injuries to those trespassing. While childproofing your property is not the expectation, taking actions towards bringing awareness…

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Keeping our schools & premises safe during any closure / Assurer la sécurité de nos écoles…

By | Building Security, COVID-19, Facilities Management, Fire Safety, General, Loss Control, Occupier’s Liability | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** From this blogger’s perspective, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what the rest of the school year will look like. Will students return to in-person learning? If so, when? Could schools be open all summer (ok, probably not)? As we wait to hear from decision makers, one thing is certain, to avoid loss…

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Fire hazards from combustibles adjacent to buildings / Danger d’incendie lié aux combustibles à proximité des bâtiments

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Managing fire safety hazards plays a critical part of any property risk management program, with the ultimate focus on protecting employees, facilities and other assets required for your operations. Fire caused by arsonists is an ongoing issue for the OSBIE membership. While arson claims are low in frequency, the severity is high. For…

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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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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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OSBIE’s RM Seminar – Session Recordings Available / Enregistrements de séances disponibles

By | Building Security, Claims, COVID-19, Events Webcasts, Facilities Management, General, General Information, Insurance Coverage, Liability, Loss Control, Risk Management | No Comments

Last week OSBIE hosted our first Virtual Risk Management Seminar which attracted representation from 87% of the membership with 1,146 session registrations. We’re thrilled with this result and want to thank everyone who attended and participated. We’re pleased to announce the winners of the Session Participation Draws: Amanda S. – Thames Valley DSB Sandra L. – Ottawa-Carleton DSB Connie O….

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Collateral Risks and COVID-19 Protocols / Risques collatéraux et protocoles liés à la COVID-19

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***Version française en bas de la page*** Ontario schools and school boards have been working hard to put COVID-19 policies and procedures in place with guidance from various education and public health agencies. We’re impressed and proud of the quick work and dedication to reopen schools for the 2020/2021 school year. We wanted to take the opportunity to outline some…

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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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School use by outside agencies during COVID-19 / Utilisation de l’école par des agences externes pendant COVID-19

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Schools have always been regarded as short-term evacuation centers.  With the schools currently being shut down indefinitely in conjunction with community needs to deal with COVID-19, we believe there is a chance that our members may be approached to help support their communities. We would expect most, if not all, school boards have…

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