Water testing

Out of an abundance of caution, Bates Technical College contracted with a state-certified lab to take water samples from all three campuses and test for lead. Thirty water samples were collected and analyzed from locations like classrooms, child care, water fountains, and the cafeteria.

None of the samples had a level above .003 parts per million (ppm). Tacoma Public Water follows EPA’s acceptable limit of lead in drinking water of .015 parts per million (ppm). In comparison to the EPA’s acceptable limit, the college’s level is far below the guideline.

Bates Technical College values its employees, students and visitors, and the college will continue to do everything within our control to provide a safe and healthy environment for all.

How to make workplace theft difficult

Theft is a crime of opportunity. Reduce the opportunity, and you reduce the likelihood you will be victimized. Security experts offer some simple suggestions you can follow to reduce your risk of being victimized by office creepers. Secure your valuables and keep your computer off when not at your desk. In addition, don’t write down your passwords on a sticky note under your calendar.

Strangers in the workplace

If you see strangers wandering through offices, roaming the halls, or popping their heads in doorways, ask politely, “May I help you?” or “Who are you here to see?” An individual with legitimate business will welcome your help locating his or her contact.

If a service technician shows up to repair, replace, or remove office equipment, exercise caution. Inspect the person’s badge or ID carefully. If the service call is unexpected, contact Facilities and Operations to verify their presence.  Verify written orders from the supervising office prior to removal of any property or performance of any repairs on college equipment.

Tips to secure property

  • Do not loan your keys or share your access codes with anyone.
  • Do not hang keys on hooks, store them in unlocked file drawers, or leave them unattended.
  • If keys are lost, notify security staff right away, and consider re-keying if they don’t turn up.
  • Keep your personal keys on a separate key ring from your office keys.
  • Use paint, non-removable labels or an engraving pen to identify office equipment, cell phones, and other portable electronics.
  • Keep an inventory of office furniture, equipment, and devices, and store it in a locked drawer or cabinet or off- site.
  • Keep a handwritten list of important contact numbers.
  • Shred papers and personal documents.
  • Memorize passwords and don’t share them.
  • Do not leave your personal property unattended even for a few minutes.
  • Do not leave wallets, checkbooks, or car keys in the pockets of coats or jackets.
  • Keep coat racks and hangers away from doorways.
  • Keep purses, pocketbooks, briefcases, messenger bags, etc. in  a  locked drawer or cabinet. Thieves will look under your desk and in unlocked drawers or cabinets.
  • Keep desks, cabinets, and doors locked in unattended offices.
  • At the end of the workday, lock calculators and other small valuables in your desk. Lock your laptop and any data discs or drives in a cabinet, or take them home with you.
  • Consider investing in special desktop locks or cables to secure computers and larger equipment.
  • Double-check your workspace before you leave.
  • Make sure that the office door is securely locked when you leave, whether for a few minutes or to go home at the end of the day.

Report all Crimes immediately.

Office Watch Program

You may wish to consider forming an Office Watch program, based on the guidelines for Neighborhood Watch, a program police departments describe as the most effective means available for keeping crimes out of neighborhoods. Crime Watch programs rely on the best crime fighting tool ever invented – a good neighbor.

In the workplace, neighboring offices, suites, and floors – and even neighboring facilities – can devise a system to alert each other to unauthorized intruders and potential criminal activity.

The “office creepers” invading our workplaces are typically intelligent and observant. If they find an alert security presence and a network of watchful employees at your workplace, they are likely to move on in search of easier targets.

For more information about the college’s water testing or workplace safety, please contact the Bates’ Facilities and Maintenance department at 253.680.7140.