Education and Schools
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Workplace Aggression: Tips for Education and Schools
In response to our 2019 Spring Symposium, we determined a need to consolidate and curate resources addressing workplace aggression that might be specific to and most useful for those working in education and schools. While this page doesn't completely capture everything available on the topic, it does provide important basic resources.
Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool School Buildings
NIOSH developed this tool to help assess areas of dampness in buildings and to help prioritize remediation of problems areas, and as a way to attempt to prevent the development of mold.
Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit for School Boards
Based on these consultation efforts, PSHSA has developed a Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit for the Education Sector (School Boards). This resource was created to protect education workers from workplace violence, prevent injuries and consequences resulting from acts of violence, and meet legal responsibilities for ensuring healthy and safe workplaces.
Recorded webinar: Workplace Aggression June 7, 2019
This full-day symposium on "Best Practices to Prevent, Identify, and Safely Mitigate Aggressive Behavior and Violence" occurred on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 9 AM - 4 PM as sponsored by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center; Co-sponsor: Continuing Education Program, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. This site provides access to handouts and recorded webinars.
Teachers Union Report Warns Of 'Crisis' From Disruptive Student Behavior
A new report from the Oregon Education Association comes from outreach to 2,000 teachers over nearly a year, aiming to press the case to lawmakers that addressing childhood trauma — and its dramatic effects on public school classrooms — should be a top priority for additional investment and policy changes. This article includes a link to the OEA document.
SASH (School Action for Safety and Health): Preventing injuries from student behaviors
Tip Sheet for preventing injuries from student behaviors provided by LOHP.
Safety Talk: Reducing lifting and bending in child care
Working with young children may involve some actions or movements that can present the risk of musculoskeletal injury (MSI). In this safety talk, learn ergonomic tips about your workspace that can reduce the risk.
Source: WorkSafe BC
Fostering Healthy, Resilient Schools to Address Chronic Stress: A White Paper from OEA Choice Trust
This white paper by OEA Choice Trust examines the chronic stress and low morale that have become so pervasive in today’s school communities – its causes and the toll it has on all involved. It also explores the power and potential of resiliency and the key role it can play in reducing stress and improving outcomes across an entire school system.
Source: OEA Choice
Hazcom Training for Schools Presentation Bundle
Through its alliance with OSHA, the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (HazCom) developed a training presentation to help school staff identify chemical hazards in their workplaces and employers comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communications standard.