Every day, caseworkers knock on doors and enter homes where their personal safety could be compromised. Since the murder of an Ohio caseworker in 2001 in the line of duty, PCSAO has emphasized the importance of on-the-job safety.
Heroin has been supplemented or replaced by substances that, even in very small amounts, pose a significant safety threat to caseworkers. PCSAO has developed a guide for developing county agency policies to protect staff from opioid exposure, and collected sample policies from both children services agencies and other types of organizations as models.
County Agency Policies
- Trumbull County Children Services
- Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services
- Licking County Job and Family Services: Policy and Naloxone Acknowledgment Form
- Law Enforcement (drafted by CORSA)
- Library (disposal of found drugs)
- School District: Procurement and Administration
Safety Incident Reports
PCSAO discontinued collection of quarterly safety incident reports at the end of 2016. See below for annual information about past reports.