Is your program as safe as it should be? Safety, understood as an absolute freedom from harm, is an ideal that we strive towards on a daily basis. As most incident investigations show, it is the exception when a significant incident results from one single misjudgment. Usually, a significant incident results from a cascading chain of linked events. Had any one of those pieces been different, the outcome would likely not have resulted in a safety incident.
The best strategies for safety therefore are multifaceted and redundant. They include training and developing staff, creating feedback loops, fostering organizational alignment and developing the systems, documents and policies to support operations that are often spread across the world.
International education and service organizations have tremendous variability in the who/what/where/why/how/how long of what they do. Each organization’s strategy is going to be somewhat unique. Developing safety strategies is a dynamic process that continues year after year. We all strive to improve our health, safety and security based on our understanding of our programs, the hazard landscape, the legal landscape, the cultural landscape and what we see as the available options. For most of us, this process is disciplined by limitations of time, money and personnel.
Lodestone Safety International will work with you to choose and develop the most effective strategies for your program based on the who/what/where/ why/how/ and how long of all of your programs. We can create or upgrade a particular system or document, or provide a comprehensive development strategy.
Below is a partial list of safety program elements that LSI could assist you with:
- Crisis Management Plans
- Family Plan
- Media Plan
- Emergency Response Plans (field)
- Emergency Response Protocols (field)
- Field Communications Strategies and Systems
- Field Policy Development
- Alcohol, Curfews, Disciplinary
- Incident Reporting System
- Information Acquisition Strategies
- Medical Response Strategy
- Medical training for remote locales
- First aid kits
- Medical facility evaluation
- Policy/procedure development
- Staff Health, Safety and Security Manuals
- Student Facilitation and Behavior Management Plans
- Student Risk Management Manual
- Student Mental Health Screening Process
- Student Orientations
- Student Physical Screening Process