Category Archives: Dr. Richard LaRue

Aquatic Safety Review, Part 3

Part 1, which ran in the February issue, focused on structures and the pool environment, and Part 2, which ran in the March issue, focused on electrical and mechanical engineering. Related Article: Tracking Rick Comparing these points to your own safety checklist may be a useful way to update your own policies and procedures. As you review both this material and your own checklist, feel free to forward your ideas so we can all be informed as we work toward … Continue reading

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Aquatic Safety Review, Part 2

What follows is the second part of a three-part guide to the important checkpoints in an aquatics facility, whether indoors or outdoors, to help ensure safety. Part 1, which ran in the February issue, focused on structures and the pool environment; Part 2 focuses on electrical and mechanical engineering; and Part 3 will focus on pool equipment and policy development. Compare these points to your own safety checklist and use this as an opportunity to review and update your list … Continue reading

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Safety and Risk Management Checklist

Indoor and Outdoor Aquatic Facilities Related Article: Aquatic Safety Review, Part 1 1. Establish a worksite commitment to safety and risk management. • Administration contribution includes working collaboratively with employees on policy development, adequate resource allocation, and policy implementation. • Employee contribution includes working collaboratively with administration on policy development, adherence to policies, and a shared responsibility (with Administration) for employee safety and health. 2. Beginning with the structural aspects of the aquatics facility, establish a plan for regular (daily, … Continue reading

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Aquatic Safety Review, Part 1

A recent trend by some companies is to only report safety issues when more than several people have been hurt and only when the sum total of insurance claims are greater than the cost of fixing the problem. Related Article: Safety and Risk Management Checklist It’s difficult to comprehend why some organizations behave in this manner. Perhaps it’s because their organizational focus is on income generation and not on enhancing the quality of the lives of consumers… As an advocate … Continue reading

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Seven Steps to Security

Years ago I had the pleasure of working for Rev. Richard Chamberlain, Director of Camp Merrowvista (an American Youth Foundation Camp) in Ossipee, N.H. One of my early values in camp management came from Dick (a former President of the American Camping Association), who shared with me (and others) that he never stopped being concerned about camper safety until the season was over and the campers had all left for home. When camp was over, one significant way Dick would … Continue reading

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