Business Services Risk Management & Safety

Welcome to Risk Management, working directly to help ensure the districts assets (students, staff and property) are protected against injury or loss. We strive to inform, educate and prepare for safe operations, avoiding costly accidents that might result in the diversion of funds away from the classroom. Together, our efforts help maximize the resources available for student success. Areas of responsibilities include:

Monthly Health & Safety Tip for July 2018

Accessing your Top Health and Staying Safe

Appetite and exercise
When you exercise, your hunger hormone ghrelin, may decrease while levels of your hunger-suppressing hormone, leptin, increase. This happens more so when exercising vigorously (running) versus moderately. Once body temperature returns to normal after exercise, hunger will likely kick-in. When that happens, help your muscles recover by eating a meal or snack that contains carbohydrates and lean protein. If you feel famished after exercise, have a glass of water and eat slowly to avoid overeating.

What causes backaches?
Did you know? The back bears most of your body weight thereby making it vulnerable to strain and injury.

  • Primary risk factors: sedentary lifestyle, arthritis, obesity and smoking
  • Cause of lower back pain: spinal discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine, spinal cord and nerves and lower back muscles
  • Cause of upper back pain: spinal inflammation
  • Treating lower back pain (not due to nerve damage): physical therapy, muscle strengthening, acupuncture, meditation, and yoga

Incorporating more veggies and eating a balanced diet
When grilling/cooking animal proteins (beef, chicken, fish, pork), the added heat can create heterocyclic amines (HCA), which are compounds that are mutagenic – they cause changes in DNA that may increase the risk of cancer. HCAs are not found in significant amounts in vegetables or fruits or other foods. While grilled steak and salmon are delicious, incorporating more variety and smaller portion sizes is important to ensure healthy cells and overall good health.

Summer time is the perfect time for an adventure. Before hittin’ the road, make sure your emergency road kit is fully stocked. Your kit should include a fire extinguisher, flashlight, first aid kit, portable phone charger, flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables and extra water.

Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion
Symptoms of heatstroke: lack of sweating, core body temperature greater than 104 degrees, seizures, dizziness or fainting, throbbing headache, confusion, rapid pulse, rapid, shallow breathing, thirst nausea or vomiting, unconsciousness.

Course of Action: call 911 immediately and while waiting for help, move victim to an air-conditioned room or shady area; remove unnecessary clothing and attempt to get the victims temperature down by applying ice to armpits, groin, back and neck; use a hose to wet skin and immerse victim in a cold shower or tub of cold water.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion: sweating, weakness, headache, dizziness or fainting, confusion or irritability, thirst nausea or vomiting.

Course of Action: move victim to an air-conditioned room or shady area; remove outer clothing; provide cool drinking water; apply ice or mist, or fan; call supervisor for help and 911 if symptoms continue.