What We're Talking About This Week - February 5, 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued its comprehensive guide on what employers are expected to do to protect workers from the COVID-19 virus. A recent review by the Center for Digital Government showed how state technology weathered the pandemic. College students are starting to think about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. 

Key Points: 

  • The bulk of the 6,000-word OSHA guide repeated much of the advice that was contained in previous agency guidances issued over the course of the past year, but there are a few new wrinkles employers need to be aware of.

  • The Center for Digital Government reviewed showed 80% of states using next-generation 911 technologies.

  • 7 in 10 students think colleges can require the COVID-19 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


New Survey Exposes Lack of Trust in Local Government Communications

goverment comm survey

A new survey commissioned by Rave Mobile Safety and conducted by the independent research firm ResearchScape has exposed a lack of public trust in local government communications, with only 22% of respondents saying they completely trust the information they receive from local officials. The objective of the survey was to better understand some of the communication challenges facing state and local agencies with regards to the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and managing safety in public places once communities start reopening.


The Force Multiplier Effect On Campus


The force multiplier effect, a strategy often implemented by the United States military,  is a concept that proposes the capability that, when added to or and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and therefore the ability to have successful mission accomplishment. The military strategy may have applications for school safety on college or university campuses, allowing emergency managers to multiply effects of safety solutions and deriving more value from each individual tool. 


The Obstacles Standing in the Way of Streamlined Employee Communication

streamlined employee communication

As organizations consider what the future of the workplace will look like, they can’t ignore one particular challenge – employee communication. Efficient and effective employee communication has been a common struggle even before the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, many companies are focusing on more immediate challenges, such as adjusting to long-term remote work and observing new health and safety regulations without disrupting operations.


The Benefits of Supporting Vulnerable Populations in Healthcare Disaster Planning

Vulnerable Populations in Healthcare Disaster Planning

In 2009, the Institute for Business & Home Safety published a whitepaper on the topic of disaster-related loss prevention in which it was noted that, due to age, disability, and/or socioeconomic status, vulnerable populations are less likely to prepare for disasters and respond to warnings; and therefore are more likely to suffer physical injury, psychological trauma, and material loss.


Rave In The News 

The 2021 Emergency Communication And Public Safety Trust Survey from Rave Mobile Safety found that only 13% of respondents were completely confident in the ability of their states to successfully distribute the coronavirus vaccine. Local government officials and agencies such as mayors and city or county managers did not fare much better in the trust department—only 22% of individuals said they completely trusted the information they received from them.

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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