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Facilities Management

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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How to get your outdoor premises ready for spring /Comment préparer vos installations extérieures pour le printemps

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***Version française au bas de la page*** While inspections should occur year-round, now that the snow is melting it’s an excellent time to perform detailed site inspections to assess any hazards that may have occurred over the winter. Under the Occupiers Liability Act, occupiers of property (school boards) are responsible to ensure that the premises are reasonably safe for all…

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Auto claims trend: Theft of catalytic converters / Tendance des sinistres d’assurance automobile : Vol de convertisseurs catalytiques

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Imagine, you start your car in the morning only to hear a loud noise. Chances are that your catalytic converter has been stolen!                         Photo credit: Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press While this is a concern for everyone, we have recently seen an…

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Can snow hills create an attractive nuisance? / Les buttes de neige peuvent-elles créer une nuisance attirante?

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***Version française au bas de la page*** During the winter season consistent removal of snow and ice reduces the hazard of slip and fall injuries. However, stockpiling large amounts of plowed snow on the school property may create other hazards and liability exposures. Man-made snow hills entice children to climb, slide and tunnel on the hill and can create what…

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Alcohol Based Hand Rubs in Ontario Schools  / Utilisation de désinfectant pour les mains à base d’alcool dans les écoles de l’Ontario

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Thank you to Chris Kreibich of Premium Risk Services for this week’s blog. Chris works with OSBIE as a representative for our HELP (Human Element Loss Prevention) program. He has 13 years experience as a commercial loss control inspector and 19 years as a firefighter. He is a qualified Fire Prevention Officer &…

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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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