Category Archives: Feb 05

Anticipation

I’m not quite sure that the following statistic is completely accurate, but I’ll give it a shot anyway… Studies done in-house here at the Dickinson household conclude that 50 percent of the fun in a fun activity is in waiting for it to happen. A few years ago when I lived in Colorado each planned ski day was meticulously anticipated. Pacific fronts, as they lined up off the shores of Washington and Oregon, and Canadian fronts, as they swept south … Continue reading

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Tragedy & Healing

At about 9 a.m. on August 4, 2004, the State of New Hampshire’s Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator received a call stating that on August 3 there had been a tragic death of a 13-year-old camper at Camp Hale, which is located on Squam Lake in Sandwich, N.H. The camp, consisting of 61 campers and 18 staff (mostly camp counselors), provides daily structure and a wilderness experience for inner city youth, primarily from the Boston area. Camp Hale has been in … 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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