Safety guides

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Many camps are located in rural areas, where it can take 15 or 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. You may be tempted to drive an ill or injured camper or staffer to the hospital to save time--this guide describes situations in which it is best to call an ambulance.

Aquatic risks

This safety guide discusses the major areas that aquatic managers must address, such as principal causes of drowning, staff certification and training, rescue equipment and emergency procedures, communications equipment, facility design and managing visiting groups.


Campgrounds are enjoyable places for individuals of all ages. Employees of campgrounds are exposed to a number of hazards that could lead to injury. This guide provides information on hazards that should be evaluated along with resources to obtain additional information.

Challenge courses and climbing walls

The evolution of risk management practices for challenge courses and climbing walls over the past 10 years has been remarkable. This Safety Guide describes ways to create a new program and make your existing program safer.

Child abuse: Identification, reporting and prevention

Provides information on how to identify and report suspected child abuse, prevent abuse, manage the media, and access other helpful Internet resources.

Crime prevention through environmental design

This safety guide provides information to help you prevent crime by implementing the principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). CPTED is a way to design and build your physical environment so that it positively influences people's behavior and reduces crime.

Crisis management

Presents ways to prepare for and respond to a crisis, including working with emergency services, establishing crisis headquarters and a crisis team, dealing with parents, and managing the media.

Dental office

Dental office employees are exposed to a wide range of hazards that may lead to illness or injury. This guide provides a resource to assist in understanding these hazards along with information to obtain additional resources.

Driver safety - Components of a driver safety program

Risk management and best practices available to manage your drivers and their associated driving exposures.

Employee theft

How do you know it’s happening? What steps you can take? What are the prevention strategies? What to do if you suspect? No matter the size of your organization, you should be vigilant about employee theft and take some steps to prevent it.

Field trips

The reasons that make field trips attractive are often the same reasons that can pose some risks to your organization.

Golf cart safety

A guide to help facilitate the responsible use of golf carts.

Hurricane preparedness guide

This guide will help you in preparing for a hurricane. Even though the impact of hurricanes is largely unpredictable, there are ways to prepare your organization and your employees. By better understanding the many concerns associated with such a threat, planning ahead, and training your staff, you can better manage weather-related risks.

Internet safety for youth-serving organizations

A guide for recognizing risks on the Internet, preventing misuse, establishing and writing an Internet Acceptable Use Policy (IAUP), training your staff and children, and preventing your organization from liability arising from Internet misuse.

Managing vehicle risks

This guide will tell you how to choose vehicles for your business, select and train drivers, and develop procedures for normal daily and special field trip transportation.

Museums risk management guide

Best practices to help promote safety, mitigate risk, and prevent claims at your museum.

Safe playgrounds - reducing the risk

A discussion of the issues involved in proper playground design and maintenance, as well as helpful hints on reducing risk and preventing injuries while children are at play.

Soccer: Making safety your goal

This guide will help you provide a safe environment in which young athletes can compete. It covers procedures that coaches and parent volunteers can follow in the event of an emergency and steps you can take to keep players and spectators safe. It also includes a soccer safety checklist.

Water damage

Sooner or later, every business will suffer some sort of loss from water damage, whether from a broken pipe, a leaky roof, or heavy rains. This guide details ways to prevent, plan for, and handle water damage losses.

Wine delivery - best practices

In these changing times, there is a growing trend for wineries to move towards a doorstep delivery model. This requires a bit of a shift in each winery’s business practices and often the use of employee-owned vehicles.

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