What We're Talking about This Week - April 12th

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In Tennessee, an SRO will soon be in all K-12 schools. Tennessee school districts will be required to : provide a 25% match in order to qualify for part of the $30 million grant. Focusing on risk reduction outcomes rather than completing tasks, will help to ensure real safety results in the workplace. A reccuring theme at the National Summit on School Safety was the importance of building relationships among community stakeholders for school safety. The FCC Commissioner took three governors to task for their states practices of diverting 9-1-1 fees to to other uses. Across the U.S., there is a safety epidemic for doctors, nurses and other health care workers. Facing escalating workplace violence, hospital employees have had enough. 

Key Points: 

  • According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, incidents of serious workplace violence are four times more common in health care than in private industry
  • Many health care workers say the physical and verbal abuse comes primarily from patients, some of whom are disoriented because of illness or from medication.
  • In California, the nurses' labor union pushed for a law giving OSHA more authority to monitor hospital safety. The group is now backing a national effort to do the same thing. 
  • The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, recently introduced in Congress, would require hospitals to implement plans to prevent violence, and any hospital would face fines for not reporting incidents to OSHA 

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

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The Latest Violence against Teachers Statistics

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Rave In The News

The South Carolina House has passed a bill to require a rideshare vehicles to display illuminated signs after a USC student got in a vehicle she believed was her Uber. South Carolina Rep. Seth Rose and Rep. Micah Caskey co-sponsored the "Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act" bill to make it easier for riders to identify Uber and Lyft vehicles. The bill passed by a vote of 99-1, Rose said. The bill now advances to the Senate. The incident started a conversation about campus safety precautions across the United States. An American University spokesman said they have a number of safety features and advice for students taking rideshares."We advise students to follow the safety policies of the rideshare services, including using the app to call and identify an authorized driver, rather than relying on a window decal," the spokesman said. "In addition, AUPD offers a safety app called Rave Guardian that can be used in the District of Columbia. Rave Guardian has an emergency icon for Campus Police and Local Police Emergencies depending on on- or off-campus use.

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Mary Kate McGrath

Written by Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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