Public Employee Safety in the Community
In February, PRM will launch our new Online Training Resource, Local Government University. To kick off the year, our first training video, titled “Public Employee Safety in the Community” was selected by your Loss Prevention Team to focus on your safety. Whether you work in City Hall or out in the field, along with public employment comes certain inherent hazards. Public employment means, of course, that you are dealing with the “public” every day. There are very few jobs in your organization that don’t involve daily contact with people, other than your coworkers. You may encounter unpredictable situations. It is important to be aware that certain hazards may exist and know how to handle them and how to seek assistance if you feel threatened.
The video reviews (6) hazards to be aware of as a public employee:
- Driving– What can you do to prevent having an auto accident?
- Slips, Trips, and Falls– Become aware of what might cause you to slip, trip and fall, including using the proper workplace footwear.
- Residents with Substance Abuse and/or Mental Health Problems– Your work may involve visiting the property and homes of citizens. What will you do it you encounter someone using drugs or experiencing a mental health crisis? What if children are present?
- Residents with Criminal Backgrounds– How can you be more aware of potentially dangerous situations in a high crime neighborhood and what can you do to avoid inviting unwanted attention to yourself.
- Dog Attacks– How to recognize when a dog is about to attack or bite.
- Environmental Risks– When weather conditions turn bad, what do you need to be aware of?
We hope that every employee will have the opportunity to view this important video, which will be available during the months of February and March.
Please contact Michele Faulkner, Sr. Loss Prevention Consultant, if you have not already signed up to use Local Government University or would like more information.
Michele Faulkner, Sr. Loss Prevention Consultant, PRM