Vol. 1, 2017
A total of 6 Boys & Girls Clubs of America received the prestigious Safety 1st designation this year.
Each year, Markel’s Safety 1st program recognizes policyholders who have shown an exceptional commitment to the safety of their employees and customers. Many of our camps have received the designation for multiple, consecutive years, and we offer them special congratulations!
The Markel Safety 1st award recipients for 2016 are:
Based on a study of 2016 claims reported by B&G Clubs to Markel, this newsletter will identify some opportunity areas to consider as safety initiatives for 2017. The most frequent events involving liability insurance engagement included falls; slip, trip and falls; injuries during field games; and allegations of abuse.
A general guideline: surfaces around playground equipment should have a depth of 12 inches of appropriate loose-fill material or a unitary surfacing meeting the ASTM 1292 - Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment. Appropriate loose-fill materials include engineered wood fiber, pea gravel, sand, shredded/recycled rubber mulch, wood mulch and chips. Unitary materials include poured in place surfacing or matting positioned around the equipment.
The use zone encompasses the surface under and around a piece of equipment onto which a child falling from or exiting from the equipment would be expected to land. These areas are also designated for unrestricted circulation around the equipment. Protective surfacing must extend at least 6 ft. in all directions from play equipment. For swings, be sure surfacing extends in the back and front, and twice the height of the suspending bar. You can get additional information regarding outdoor playground safety through Markel’s risk management library.
Staff training should also include the policies Boys & Girls Clubs have relating to the care and supervision of the children. Always keep parents and guardians well informed. Outline acceptable behaviors and your discipline policy. Maintain appropriate supervision ratios and directly supervise children by sight and hearing at all times. Never leave a younger child with an older child and avoid situations that allow one-on-one interactions such as child-to-child and adult-to-child, regardless of that adult’s responsibility at your club.
Markel partners offer value added services which are discounted to our customers
Free safety training webinars for 2017 - Register now
While this webinars are target for our summer camps and programs, they are very applicable to all child development professionals.
Dr. Deborah Gilboa - March 24
|Bob Ditter - April 18
Supervision and staff oversight -- The key to safety at camp.
|Michael Swain, ARM, SCLA, Sr. Loss Control Specialist - May 2
Preparing for risks of summer camp.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.