Hoverboards, Drones & How to Improve Campus Safety

Hoverboard and Drone Safety Tips

Posted by Shelley Kilpatrick on 28 January 2016 |

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hoverboards college campus safetyUnfortunately, many times safety requirements are reactionary; changes are made only when something goes wrong or someone gets hurt.

But many colleges and universities are stepping up and taking a proactive approach to safety by banning or restricting the use of hoverboards and drones.

Let’s examine why they are making these changes and discuss how training can help improve safety on campus.

Hoverboard Safety Concerns

Hoverboards—two-wheeled smart boards or self-balancing scooters—were one of the most popular gifts this past holiday season. But many colleges and universities are citing potential safety hazards as the reason students aren’t allowed to bring them back to campus.

So far, according to a statement from Elliot Kaye, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS) chairman, the hoverboards have caused a number of serious injuries—concussions, fractures, contusions/abrasions, and internal organ injuries—resulting in increased emergency room visits. 

Another concern Kaye reported is the hoverboards catching fire—an issue that’s still currently under investigation. According to reports, the hoverboard’s batteries can burst into flames, resulting in an intensely burning fire.

St Mary’s is one of the 20-plus schools that have banned hoverboards on campus. And in a statement to The Observer, a student-run newspaper, Janielle Tchakerian, the assistant vice president of student affairs, said that the school’s ban on hoverboards “ultimately ensures the safety of everyone on campus.”

Drone Safety Concerns

Drones—unmanned aerial vehicles—are another popular item on college and university campuses that’s coming under fire for safety concerns. While the universities are invested in developing and advancing drone technology, that doesn’t mean they aren’t restricting their use outside of the classroom or lab.

In August of 2015, the University of Arkansas officially restricted the use of drones on campus without prior written approval. Steve Gahagans, the university’s police director made the point:

“Drones and model aircraft can be useful, even fun, but are also potentially dangerous – if they malfunction they could injure anyone on the ground. Beyond that there’s the potential that they could be intentionally used as weapons. And finally they could potentially be used to take video or still images that violate student or employee privacy.”

Training for Improving Campus Safety

While drones and hoverboards are the hot topic of the moment, accident prevention has always been a concern at higher education institutions. And one of the smartest ways to prevent accidents from happening is to provide your faculty, staff and students with safety training. Some of the best types of training for college and university campuses include:

Slips, Trips, and Falls: How to recognition and prevent potential slip, trip, and fall hazards.

Bloodborne Pathogens: How to minimize the health risks when exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials.

Campus Safety for New Students: How to protect themselves against physical violence, bullying, property theft and identity theft.

Fire Safety: How to recognize and prevent potential fire hazards, and proper emergency procedures.

Defensive Driving: How to reduce the likelihood of a collision when confronted with the inherent risks in driving.

Hazard Communication: How to comply with OSHA standards that require hazardous materials to be properly identified, labeled, handled, used and disposed of.

Ergonomics: How to recognize the signs and symptoms of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Is It Time for a Safety Lesson at Your Campus?

It’s great that colleges and universities are taking the lead and enforcing restrictions on hoverboards and drones. But don’t forget about basic accident prevention for things like fires, trip hazards and driving.

With the right campus safety training, you can help to ensure everyone knows how to reduce the risks of injury and illness. To learn more about our safety training courses, fill out the form on the right, and we will get in touch.

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