What We're Talking About This Week - February 19, 2021

In Texas, the worst of the weather has passed, but water is still a big problem. OSHA proposes an update to its Hazard Communication Standard, the first since 2012. College and universities are starting to announce plans for more in-person instruction in the Fall as the vaccine continues. Oregon is vaccinating teachers but it might not be enough to reopen schools.

Key Points: 

  • Many Texans who faced days of near-freezing temperatures without electricity to keep warm were breathing a sigh of relief Friday as the lights and heat came back on. But millions are still without water and the state's governor is warning that the crisis isn't over.

  • OSHA’s proposed modifications to the standard include codifying enforcement policies currently in OSHA’s compliance directive, clarifying requirements related to the transport of hazardous chemicals, adding alternative labeling provisions for small containers and adopting new requirements related to preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • While “normal” (if it ever returns) may still be far off, college administrations are now saying that in fall of 2021, they’ll get as close as they can. More in-person instruction and more students on campus are the dominant themes of announcements about the upcoming term.

  • Oregon was among a handful of states at the time, and the only one on the West Coast, to single out school employees for the vaccine.

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

Podcast: Building Employee Trust During Extreme Times

HR Gazette Podcast Recap

Earlier this month, HR Gazette hosted a podcast featuring Rave Mobile Safety's vice president of human resources, Amy Kruglak. The topic of the podcast was how HR has had to change its focus to address challenges attributable to the COVID-19 crisis, and the podcast begins with host Bill Banham asking Amy what she feels the biggest challenges for HR have been in the past year.



Breaking Down Hospital Emergency Codes


Most of us are familiar with what hospital emergency codes are due to the success of TV shows such as The Resident, Grey’s Anatomy, and E.R. What you may not know is that hospital emergency color codes can mean different things in different hospitals, and nowadays they are not used as often as you might think. Hospital emergency codes were originally introduced in healthcare facilities to discreetly alert staff to emergency events over public address systems.


Are Private Security Companies Replacing Public Safety Officers on Campus

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Due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis on colleges and universities, many institutions of higher education are restructuring operations in order to save money. Campus security is one of the areas under scrutiny; and although concerns exist that student safety could suffer if campus security is reduced, this is not necessarily the case.



The Ultimate Guide to School Security Software

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The demand for school security software has never been greater due to parents, school leaders, and politicians wanting to better protect students from the risk of danger. However, the range of options to choose from is immense. Therefore, to help school leaders make well-informed decisions, we look at ten popular types of school security software and discuss their merits. At the time of the Columbine school shooting in 1999, only 19 percent of schools in the US were equipped with CCTV surveillance systems according to the National Center for Education Statistics.


Rave In The News 

The year 2020 saw the issues of health and public safety thrust into the American spotlight. From the COVID-19 pandemic that still engulfs us in 2021, to the civil unrest around the country that brought the issues of racial injustice and police reform to the forefront, the response needed to address these and other critical public safety events was absolutely essential to mitigate these incidents.

Read the whole story here. 

Amelia Marceau
Amelia Marceau

Amelia is a marketing intern at Rave. She loves to write about anything safety related. When she’s away from the keyboard, you’ll either find her playing with her dog, ice skating, or competing in a triathlon. Amelia attends the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Political Science and Journalism.

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