Questar III received the Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2018. The honor is presented annually and recognizes school safety efforts as BOCES and districts work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe. This is the 10th consecutive year Questar III has earned such a designation.

Utica National officials presented a titanium award to Craig Hansen, Questar III’s director of health and safety, on March 21 at its 37th annual school safety seminar in Saratoga Springs, NY.

“This award reflects the collective efforts of Questar III and its staff. Thank you to our staff for their continuing efforts to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, staff and visitors,” said Hansen.

Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels – titanium, platinum and gold – in which schools can earn distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety. The program evaluates BOCES and school districts on several categories, including bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explain Brian Saville, resident senior vice president in Utica National’s educational institutions unit. “Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Questar III BOCES among them.”

Questar III’s Health & Safety Service continues to lead and support safety efforts for the BOCES and school districts across New York State. The service provides safety and security audits, program development, training and consultation to assist districts in compliance with a number of state and federal mandates. This includes emergency management planning, blood-borne pathogens, hazard communication, personal protective equipment, lockout/tagout, indoor air quality investigation, pest management and playground inspections. The Health & Safety Service also provides on-site consultation, emergency notification communication and AED/CPR/First Aid training.