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Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health & Safety duties include: inspections, record keeping, employee training, and responding to complaints. EH&S is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment for students, staff and the general public that enter our buildings.

Management plans are designed to ensure that the Minneapolis Public School District is in regulatory compliance in the following areas. If you have questions concerning the regulatory compliance areas, please contact 668-0310.

 

 

MISSION

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment for its staff and students.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to assure that the District provides a safe and healthy learning and work environment for its students and staff.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

It is the policy of the District to provide a safe and healthy learning and work environment for both our students and our staff. All employees of the District shall follow safe working practices, obey rules and regulations and carry out their duties in a manner that maintains the safety and environmental health standards of the District. The following is a list of the programs required by the regulations of state and federal agencies that shall be addressed by the District:

  • Accident & Injury Reduction Program
  • Asbestos
  • Employee Right-to-Know
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Forklift Safety
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Chemical Hygiene
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Playground Safety
  • Community Right-to-Know
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Radon
  • Compressed Gas
  • Infectious Waste
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Confined Space
  • Lead in Construction
  • Technology Education
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Lead in Water
  • Underground Storage Tanks

DISTRICT IMPLEMENTATION

In order to implement this policy, the District shall adhere to the following:

The District shall form a Health and Safety Committee which shall provide recommendations regarding procedures to implement this policy, train District staff and monitor the implementation of the state and federal regulations impacting the District sites.

The District, with advice from the Health and Safety Committee, shall conduct assessments of current conditions, develop plans to address needs and set timelines for plan implementation.

The District shall monitor and evaluate potential hazards through routine inspections and surveillance, train District staff and maintain records required by state, federal and local agencies.

District administration shall demonstrate its commitment to school safety and environmental health by incorporating safety rules into the work routine of the workplace.

The Board will ensure that appropriate funding and resources are available to implement and maintain compliance with federal, state and local government health and safety requirements.


RESPONSIBILITIES

 Safety is everyone’s responsibility. No one person can successfully implement a safety program alone. Everyone in the organization needs to become involved and take ownership in the program. Some responsibilities apply to every employee (e.g., reporting hazards, preventing unsafe work practices). Other responsibilities can be assigned to specific individuals or departments. The goal of this regulation is to provide a clear picture of who is responsible for every major activity that contributes to the goal of eliminating work related injuries, illness, and compliance with environmental regulations. The following procedures will determine where the responsibility and accountability is for the implementation of the District’s Environmental Health and Safety policy.

The Environmental Health and Safety Division (EH&S) will be responsible for the management of the District’s environmental health and safety program.

The EH&S Division will be responsible for providing training for all staff that are subject to the specific programs that are incorporated into the District Environmental Health and Safety policy.

The EH&S Division will be responsible for maintaining documentation (records) required by regulatory agencies (OSHA, MDH, MPCA, EPA).

The EH&S Division will be responsible for conducting workplace safety inspections to identify hazards and ensure compliance with OSHA requirements.

The EH&S Division will be responsible for creating, maintaining, and updating the program management plans identified in the District’s EH&S policy.

All principals, building managers and executive directors will be responsible for ensuring that employees attend training and employ safe work practices.

All principals, building managers, and executive directors are responsible for implementing or working with EH&S Division to eliminate workplace hazards from the workplace.

All supervisors will be responsible for completing Supervisor’s Report of Employee Incident for injured employees that directly report to them.

Each employee is responsible for following safe work practices and reporting unsafe working conditions, hazards, or equipment.