Fundamentals of Safety at Educational Institutions

Within the ecosystem of Educational Institutions there are various aspects that have to be covered to ensure a safe environment for its residents. We have a methodical and systematic approach, developed and implemented by experts to assess threats which follow the Fundamentals of Safety Approach at Educational Institutions for risk assessment. Our Services are based on reviewing the existing Safety practices in tandem with the below  Fundamentals of Safety.

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Health & Hygiene Management
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Transport Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Child Safety & Protection Policy
  • External Events Process Management
  • Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Management

Safety Certification & Training

Training by Campus Fortify

Our endeavour is to create a paradigm shift in the way that Safety is viewed in the current day and age. Other than the various inspections we conduct to streamline the safety and security of the campus we also strive to inculcate a culture change as our tagline indicates of Thinking, Feeling & Practicing safety on a day in day out basis.

We conduct trainings to ensure that every stakeholder is made aware of risks, threats & the manner in which it needs to be tackled.

Below are some trainings we conduct amongst others:

  • Safety Awareness Module
  • Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Management Module
  • Behavioral best Practices for Drivers & Bus maids.

Certification

Campus Fortify is driving an initiative of educational institutions being certified as Safe Zones for the children in their care.

Currently there are basic infrastructure related norms for the construction of an Educational Institute as per regulations from National Building Code (NBC) and as per requirements from various boards like CBSE, ICSE etc. For Pre Schools however since it is an unorganized sector there are no existing norms in place other than recommendations from NCPCR and some other organizations.

There are Educational Institutions and parent bodies today agitating for some regulation to ensure safety in the campuses and petitions have been sent to government representatives to create regulations and raise awareness and support for the same.

Campus Fortify has recognized these lacunae in the system and are focusing all efforts in filling this gap of creating a mindset change for building a Safety culture for educational institutions.

We devised a systematic approach based on the Fundamentals of Safety, of inspecting the premises, identifying threats, suggesting solutions, enhancing strengths to eliminate risks to the organisation & stakeholders. The certification is conducted by a 3rd party independent organisation of international repute in the Safety certification business. By doing so we ensure that the certification is not compromised and lends further credibility to the organisations effort and vision of managing a Safe School or Zone.

ISO21001:2108 (EOMS)

NABET – National Accreditation Board for Education and Training is a constituent Board of Quality Council of India.
National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) in recent years has enlarged its scope of activities and is trying to match its progress with Slogan of QCI i.e.  “Creating an Eco System for Quality”.

NABET is offering accreditation program for Quality School Governance in the Country, with a view to provide framework for the effective management and delivery of the holistic education program aimed at overall development of students.

ISO21001:2018 – Educational Organizations — Management Systems for Educational Organizations

ISO 21001 focuses on the specific interaction between an educational organization, the learner, customers and other relevant interested parties. It is a stand-alone management system standard, based on ISO 9001 (without being a sector application), and aligned with other ISO management system standards through the application of the High Level Structure. ISO 21001 provides a common management tool for organizations providing educational products and services capable of meeting learner and other customer requirements and needs. It aims to enhance satisfaction of learners, other customers, and personnel through the effective application of its EOMS, including processes for improvement of the system.

This International standard helps educational institutions in aligning their educational vision, mission, objectives and action plans.

At Campus Fortify we are certified internal auditors for ISO21001:2018.

Safety Practices & Covid19 related Services

Over and above our Fundamentals of Safety approach we also help in setting up safety practices & manuals as a complete 360 degree approach from identification to providing solutions by implementing processes and practices. These include Active monitoring, Background checks, Health services and other essential checks.

 

Safety Practices

Implementation of security system to protect students within the Educational Institutions is carried out along with periodic monitoring and assessment of the security controls in & around the premises.

Safety Procedures & Safety Manual (Campus Specific)

  • Child Protection & Abuse Policy
  • Visitor Management
  • Access Control Management
  • Employee Background Checks and Documentation
  • Transport Policy
  • Laboratory Safety Guide
  • Guidelines for Outbound Educational Programme
  • Safety Committee
  • Evacuation Plan
  • Incident Management
  • Food and Safety Standards
 

Health & Hygiene in times of Coronavirus (COVID19)

Health Safety in schools has taken a new dimension with the onset of Coronavirus (COVID19) in India since February 2020.  New & stringent hygiene practices need to be adopted to insulate ourselves once schools reopen.

There is no doubt that these times have been the most challenging for mankind. The pandemic has caused a major disruption in the day-to-day life of possibly every individual and institution. However, the Almighty has blessed mankind with the ability to adapt to crisis. So we do adapt, however colossal the hurdle may be. Educators have risen to the challenge and started doing what they do best i.e. educating students online. Being ready for today isn’t enough & getting children back to school holds its challenges and requires preparation and planning.


As Safety Consultants, we are here to assist educators to plan & prepare for the reopening of schools. We conduct and provide the following Covid 19 related services:

 

Posters and Signage on Safety & Hygiene

Safety & Hygiene Posters and Signage are an important part of the Safety campaign and are required to be put up at prominent places in the Educational Institutions to bring in a safety culture among staff and students.
The posters have been thoughtfully designed keeping in mind the various stakeholders at an educational institution. A couple of posters are displayed below.

          

 

Crisis Management Plan

A crisis can be a predictable or unexpected event that represents a significant threat to the staff, the children in the Educational Institutions and the customers i.e. the parents, business operations, property, the brand or reputation of the organization. The Crisis Management Plan defines roles and responsibilities for the Management of the Educational Institutions in preparation for, during and after a crisis.
The crisis management plan is a process and structure by which the management of the Institute manages the impacts of a crisis until the crisis is either under control or contained. Crisis is dynamic, often multi-faceted and challenging. It is predictable that there will be violability, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – therefore by having a structured crisis management response, the impact of these characteristics can be minimized and managed more effectively.

 

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS)

To build a positive school culture it is very critical that the organization have a written protocol for all its functions or at the very least the critical functions.  Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) are step by step instructions that act as a guideline for employees to execute their functions.

We help the institution create SOP’s to align the team to work in planned manner.  Our expertise extends to creation of Standard Operating Procedures for various departments in an educational institution. We help align the processes to suit the requirements of the institution. The departments we can help support is the Purchase, IT, Projects etc

WHY CAMPUS FORTIFY?

Campus Fortify adds value to your institution by:

  • Reviewing the existing policies and procedures on a periodic basis and if required, changes are made to the policies and procedures as per prevailing situation
  • Conducting periodic assessment of the infrastructure and processes by Campus Fortify, who work as an extension of your organisation, this ensures neutrality to the assessment.
  • These assessments also help to identify gaps that could develop over a period of time and might not be covered by existing protocols.
  • On analysis of the assessments, one is also able to identify training requirements for stakeholders involved in day to day activities.
  • Our assessments are conducted on our 8 fundamentals of safety and we provide management with analysis as to strengths & weakness by fundamental.
  • We interact with the school team periodically to track progress on rectification of identified risk & escalate delays to management to ensure timely closure of threats to the organisation.
  • Since the engagement is for 3 year tenure, the positive increase in Safety Awareness and the culture change around safety becomes evident over year on year assessments.

What we conduct is a comprehensive exercise to weed out any threats to the organisation, to strengthen existing processes and to train all stakeholders on a periodic basis as well as to create safety awareness.

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