CRANBURY: School district once again tops in safety

CRANBURY – The Cranbury Township School District won the 2014-2015 school year Safety Award, which was announced during its Board of Education Meeting Dec. 15.
“We just won the award for the 2014-2015 school year so we received a credit toward our 2015-2016 school year insurance premiums,” said Business Administrator and Board Secretary Nicholas Bice in a follow-up email on Dec. 22.
He said that the Safety Award is an incentive program offered through the school district’s joint insurance fund, the School Alliance Insurance Fund (SAIF).
“The program benefits both the insurance fund and the school district,” he said. “On the insurance fund side, completing the requirements for the award assists the fund in controlling claims costs for its members. On the school district side, member districts that satisfy the requirements for the award receive a $2,500 credit to their insurance premiums for the following year.”
Mr. Bice said this is the 15th consecutive year that the Cranbury Township Board of Education received the Safety Incentive Program Award and it also received a “Safety Champion” trophy from SAIF to recognize that milestone this year.
“In order to qualify for the SAIF award, districts must submit quarterly report forms to the insurance fund detailing the safety activities that occurred in the district for that quarter,” he said.
He said examples of activities include holding in-district safety committee meetings, performing hazard assessments or job-site observations, attending regional risk management and safety seminars, and completing online safety training.
Each activity is assigned a point value, he said.
“At the end of the year, the insurance fund reviews the quarterly report forms to determine if the district received enough points to qualify for the award,” said Mr. Bice.