After reviewing the accident and incident reports for the past quarter, the Extension Centralized Safety Committee for Off-campus Sites would like to offer the following safety insights:
- When preparing for an event, please evaluate the area for safety issues. This could be determining if a stage is too close the an edge or evaluating if hand-rails are needed; or, that the area is clear of any obstacles or hazards such as cords, stands, boxes, etc.
- Please remind staff to be aware of their surroundings and to use their best judgment especially during winter months when there are icy conditions.
- If your office and/or building has not undergone a recent fire inspection, we encourage people to be proactive and consider contacting their local Fire Department to ask for a fire inspection. In addition to providing a fire inspection, they should be able to determine the occupancy limits for your meeting rooms. Please coordinate this through the person responsible for the property.
To respond to immediate concerns in Oregon, EESC has created an emergency information website to help people prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters: