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Facilities Management

How to help protect your school over the holidays / Comment protéger votre école pendant les Fêtes

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***Version française au bas de la page*** The countdown to the winter break is on! It’s hard to say what the weather forecast has in store for us over the next month. Normally, we do see an increase in property claims over the winter break due to unexpected and extreme cold snaps. We also see claims as a result of…

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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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Get Ready, Winter is Coming…/ Préparez-vous, l’hiver approche…

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***Version française au bas de la page*** This year’s long range winter forecast – SNOW!!! Since our inception, slips and falls due to ice and snow remain the most frequent cause of loss and source of claims. Resulting injuries range from sprains to fractures to closed head injuries. Slip and fall incidents are also one of the more preventable situations….

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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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OSBIE’s Virtual Risk Management Seminar – Register NOW!/ Séminaire virtuelle sur la gestion des risques

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

***Version française en bas de la page*** WHAT TO EXPECT? Various webinars throughout the week of November 2 – 6, 2020 offering school board risk management focused sessions for respective school board employee groups. ALL sessions are offered at no charge for OSBIE Members. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Principals, Vice Principals, Human Resources, Health & Safety, Facilities and Operations Management, Purchasing…

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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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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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Tips for Outdoor Classrooms / Conseils pour les salles de classe extérieures

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***Version française en bas de la page*** As part of the reopening process, school boards are looking at alternatives to traditional indoor classrooms to provide safe learning spaces for students and staff. We hope the following will highlight some risk considerations should an alternate location, equipment and/or furniture be part of the planning process. Use of alternate outdoor location –…

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Managing the school board’s liability exposure during a pandemic / Gestion de l’exposition au risque de responsabilité du conseil scolaire en période de pandémie

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***Version française au bas de la page*** While the province is starting to relax restrictions and permit the reopening of businesses along with some outdoor recreational amenities and summer camp programs, school boards are starting to ask, “How do we manage this exposure?” Outlining the duty of care owed specific to COVID-19 will assist all school board staff to identify…

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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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