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South Dakota Safety Council COVID-19 Updates


Member Update: Online Resources
Be safe while staying safe.

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COVID-19 website: Updates from the South Dakota Department of Health.

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You can count on our staff and services to continue to be available to you via online, phone and email.

All in-person classes remain suspended through April 30th. This is a fluid situation that we are monitoring closely. As we learn more about the course of COVID-19, we will update the schedule.

Thank you for keeping South Dakota safe and healthy.

Janie Ritter
Executive Director, South Dakota Safety Council

 



April 2, 2020

TRAINING SCHEDULE UPDATE



Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the South Dakota Safety Council is/has:

  • Canceled In-Person training through April 30th.
  • Working on providing you with distance learning opportunities
  • Continuing to follow infectious disease management protocols including social distancing in our facility.
  • Willing and able to work with you to reschedule classes that are delayed, cancelled or that you can't attend for other reasons.



Thank you for keeping South Dakota safe and healthy,

Janie Ritter
Executive Director, South Dakota Safety Council




April 2, 2020

MEMBER UPDATE: COVID-19


Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 is clearly in South Dakota and impacting our daily lives. All of us have questions and concerns; some of which deal with how to conduct our professional business, others deal with how to protect ourselves and some deal with how the South Dakota Safety Council is going to operate in the near future. We plan to operate in an informed, respectful and responsible manner to ensure the safety of our members, visitors and our employees. Here are the actions we are taking and practices we are promoting.

Actions Members can take: Infection management recommendations from OSHA and the CDC.

What is SDSC doing?
We are following the infectious disease management protocols linked above. Our cleaning service has ramped up disinfection in our building. We are encouraging our staff to stay home when sick to protect themselves, their co-workers AND their co-workers family and friends who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 or other diseases. We have modified our leave policy to make it easier for staff to use their leave time. We have gradually developed remote work capacity over the past two years and are fine tuning it now. Finally, we are practicing social distancing as possible within our facility and in our interactions with others.

Will SDSC continue to hold In-Person training?
The impacts of this pandemic are being felt far and wide and we want to assure you that the South Dakota Safety Council (SDSC) is here to help you navigate these uncertain times and ensure you have the resources to perform your day to day operations. The SDSC has suspended all in-person through April 30, 2020 and will reevaluate based on the recommendations of the South Dakota Department of Health and the CDC. We are preparing to offer training remotely and we have instituted a series of safe meeting protocols that are posted in our facility.

What If I am registered for an upcoming class?
We are currently working on providing distance learning for some of our offered courses. Please check our training calendar, it will be updated as virtual classes are added.

For classes not offered virtually, we will work with you to find a class that will fit into your schedule in the future, or we will refund your registration.

What if I get sick and can't attend a class?
We will work with you to find a class that works for you or we will refund your registration.

What about the West River Conference in April?.
We are postponing the West River Safety Conference in Rapid City that is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st. We are looking at a new date in July for this event and will keep you posted as this comes together.

Will the Annual Meeting be rescheduled?
We postponed the South Dakota Safety Council's Annual Meeting that was scheduled for March 19th and are looking for a new date to hold this event. We will continue to monitor advice from State and Federal agencies Similar to our class registrations, if you registered for the annual meeting and are unable to attend the rescheduled date, we will work with you to refund your registration.

Managing infectious disease is something we all are very familiar with. We know to wash our hands and not touch our faces. We know to stay home or away when we are sick. COVID-19 is different enough, infectious enough, and sufficiently unknown enough that we need to increase our diligence, practice what we preach, cut out the daily shortcuts and protect ourselves and those we care about.

Thank you for helping keep South Dakota safe and healthy,

Janie Ritter
Executive Director, South Dakota Safety Council

 


 

March 16, 2020

TRAINING SCHEDULE UPDATE


Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the South Dakota Safety Council is/has:

  • Canceled training at our facility this week.
  • Re-evaluating our training schedule through mid-April.
  • Continuing to follow infectious disease management protocols including social distancing in our facility.
  • Willing and able to work with you to reschedule classes that are delayed, cancelled or that you can't attend for other reasons.

Thank you for keeping South Dakota safe and healthy,

Janie Ritter
Executive Director, South Dakota Safety Council




March 13, 2020

MEMBER UPDATE: COVID-19

 

Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 is clearly in South Dakota and impacting our daily lives. All of us have questions and concerns; some of which deal with how to conduct our professional business, others deal with how to protect ourselves and some deal with how the South Dakota Safety Council is going to operate in the near future. We plan to operate in an informed, respectful and responsible manner to ensure the safety of our members, visitors and our employees. Here are the actions we are taking and practices we are promoting.

Actions Members can take: Infection management recommendations from OSHA and the CDC.

What is SDSC doing?
We are following the infectious disease management protocols linked above. Our cleaning service has ramped up disinfection in our building. We are encouraging our staff to stay home when sick to protect themselves, their co-workers AND their co-workers family and friends who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 or other diseases. We have modified our leave policy to make it easier for staff to use their leave time. We have gradually developed remote work capacity over the past two years and are fine tuning it now. Finally, we are practicing social distancing as possible within our facility and in our interactions with others.

Will SDSC continue to hold training classes at its facility?
Yes, until further notice. SDSC will follow the recommendations of the South Dakota Department of Health on meetings and gatherings. At this time, they are not recommending against holding classes or similar gatherings. We are also preparing to offer training remotely in the event of a DOH recommendation against in-person classes. We have instituted a series of safe meeting protocols that are posted in our facility.

What if SDSC cancels a class I'm registered for?
We will work with you to find a class that works for you or we will refund your registration.

What if I get sick and can't attend a class?
We will work with you to find a class that works for you or we will refund your registration.

What about the Annual Meeting next week and the West River Conference in April?
We have decided to postpone the South Dakota Safety Council Annual Meeting scheduled for March 19. More details will be shared at a later date. We are proceeding with preparations for the West River Safety Conference in Rapid City, April 21. We will continue to monitor advice from State and Federal agencies on events over the coming days to determine if we need to change our plans. Similar to our class registrations, if you register for conference and we decide to delay, change or modify the event, we will work with you to move or refund your registration.

Managing infectious disease is something we all are very familiar with. We know to wash our hands and not touch our faces. We know to stay home or away when we are sick. COVID-19 is different enough, infectious enough, and sufficiently unknown enough that we need to increase our diligence, practice what we preach, cut out the daily shortcuts and protect ourselves and those we care about.

Thank you for helping keep South Dakota safe and healthy,

Janie Ritter
Executive Director, South Dakota Safety Council
Contact the South Dakota Safety Council at sdsc@southdakotasafetycouncil.org
or phone 605-361-7785 or 1-800-952-5539.