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Ravenswood City SD |  AR  4257  Personnel

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The Superintendent or designee shall provide and implement safety devices, safeguards, methods, and processes that are reasonably adequate to render the employment and place of employment safe and healthful. (Labor Code 6401)

(cf. 4157.1/4257.1/4357.1 - Work-Related Injuries)

(cf. 4157.2/4257.2/4357.2 - Ergonomics)

(cf. 4161.11/4361.11 - Industrial Accident/Illness Leave)

(cf.4261.1 - Industrial Accident/Illness Leave)

Injury and Illness Prevention Program

The district's injury and illness prevention program shall cover all district employees and all other workers whom the district controls or directs and directly supervises on the job to the extent that the workers are exposed to hazards specific to their worksite and job assignment. The obligation of contractors or other employers who control or direct and supervise their own employees on the job shall not be affected by the district's injury and illness prevention program. (Labor Code 6401.7)

The district's injury and illness prevention program shall include: (Labor Code 6401.7; 8 CCR 3203)

1. The name/position of the person(s) with authority and responsibility for implementing the program.

2. A system for ensuring that employees comply with safe and healthful work practices, which may include, but not be limited to:

a. Recognition of employees who follow safe and healthful work practices

(cf. 4156.2/4256.2/4356.2 - Awards and Recognition)

b. Training and retraining programs

c. Disciplinary actions

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

3. A system for communicating with employees, in a form readily understandable by all employees, on matters related to occupational health and safety, including provisions designed to encourage employees to report hazards at the worksite without fear of reprisal. The communications system may include, but not be limited to:

a. Meetings

b. Training programs

c. Posting

d. Written communications

e. A system of anonymous notification by employees about hazards

f. A labor/management safety and health committee

4. Procedures for identifying and evaluating workplace hazards, including scheduled periodic inspections to identify unsafe conditions and work practices. Such inspections shall be made:

a. Whenever new substances, processes, procedures, or equipment that represents a new occupational safety or health hazard is introduced into the workplace

b. Whenever the district is made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 3514.1 - Hazardous Substances)

5. A procedure for investigating occupational injury or illness.

6. Methods and/or procedures for correcting unsafe or unhealthful conditions, work practices, and work procedures in a timely manner, based on the severity of the hazard, when the hazard is observed or discovered.

When an imminent hazard exists which cannot be immediately abated without endangering employee(s) and/or property, these procedures shall call for the removal of all exposed staff from the area except those necessary to correct the hazardous condition. Employees needed to correct the condition shall be provided necessary safeguards.

7. Provision of training and instruction as follows:

a. To all new employees

b. To all employees given new job assignments for which training has not previously been received

c. Whenever new substances, processes, procedures, or equipment is introduced into the workplace and represents a new hazard

d. Whenever the district is made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard

e. To supervisors, to familiarize them with the safety and health hazards to which employees under their immediate direction and control may be exposed

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Hearing Protection

Whenever employee noise exposure equals or exceeds the standards specified in law, the Superintendent or designee shall implement a hearing conservation program in accordance with state and federal regulations, including, when required, monitoring of sound levels, audiometric testing of affected employees, the provision of hearing protectors, and employee training. (8 CCR 5095-5100; 29 CFR 1910.95)

Eye Safety Devices

Eye safety devices shall be worn by employees whenever they are engaged in or observing an activity involving hazards or hazardous substances likely to cause injury to the eyes. (Education Code 32030-32034)

First Aid and Medical Services

The Superintendent or designee shall make adequate first aid materials readily available for employees at every worksite. Such materials shall be approved by a consulting physician and shall be kept in a sanitary and usable condition. The Superintendent or designee shall frequently inspect all first aid materials and replenish them as necessary. (8 CCR 3400)

To avoid unnecessary delay in medical treatment in the event of an employee's serious injury or illness, the Superintendent or designee shall use one or more of the following: (8 CCR 3400)

1. A communication system for contacting a physician or emergency medical service, such as access to 911 or equivalent telephone system. The communication system or the employees using the system shall have the ability to direct emergency services to the location of the injured or ill employee.

2. Readily accessible and available on-site treatment facilities suitable for treatment of reasonably anticipated injury and illness.

(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)

3. Proper equipment for prompt medical transport when transportation of injured or ill employees is necessary and appropriate.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32030-32034 Eye safety

32225-32226 Communications devices in classrooms

32280-32289 School safety plans

44984 Required rules for industrial accident and illness leave of absence

GOVERNMENT CODE

3543.2 Scope of bargaining

LABOR CODE

3300 Definitions

6305 Occupational safety and health standards; special order

6310 Retaliation for filing complaint prohibited

6400-6413.5 Responsibilities and duties of employers and employees, especially:

6401.7 Injury and illness prevention program

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 8

3203 Injury and illness prevention program

3400 Medical services and first aid

5095-5100 Control of noise exposure

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 29

1910.95 Noise standards

Management Resources:

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS PUBLICATIONS

Guide to Developing Your Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Program, rev. August 2005

WEB SITES

California Department of Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety and Health: http://www.dir.ca.gov/occupational_safety.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov

National Hearing Conservation Association: http://www.hearingconservation.org

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration: http://www.osha.gov

Regulation RAVENSWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: October 14, 2010 East Palo Alto, California