Branch stepping up security following ODs

Vernon: Two incidents five days apart have Okanagan Regional LIbrary staff planning to improve security

The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library plans to step up security following a pair of overdoses.

The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library plans to step up security following a pair of overdoses.

The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library plans to step up security following a pair of overdose incidents.

Stephanie Hall, ORL chief executive officer, said she received two reports of overdoses at the Vernon branch; one on Jan. 23 and one on Jan. 28.

“We do have safety procedures in place but we are reviewing them in light of these incidents,” said Hall. “The employer has reached out to WorkSafe B.C. for any recommendations they have on maintaining a safe work site.”

In both cases 911 was called and paramedics attended. It is believed neither incident was fatal.

Hall said there were no overdoses in 2016.

“There is no doubt this is a stressful situation for our staff,” said Hall, adding that ORL’s director of human resources was in the branch Tuesday to talk with staff.