DISTRICT'S SAFETY POLICY
The District has an active Safety Program. District Policy EB below covers this program briefly.
New employees are given a Safety Handbook in their orientation packet. Please make sure you read it as you are responsible for its contents. Additionally new hires are required to sign an acknowledgment, District Exhibit EB, verifying receipt of the Safety Handbook and that they have read the handbook. Additionally General Safety Rules are listed below for your review.
You will receive Safety Tips regularly in staff meetings held in your buildings. You will be asked to sign an Attendance Sheet verifying that you were present and received the Safety Tips presented.
District Policy EB
Environmental and Safety Program
It shall be the policy of the Board to guard against accidents by taking reasonable precautions to protect the safety of all students, employees, visitors and others present on district property or at school-sponsored events. In addition, steps should be taken to control the escalating costs associated with work related injuries. A safe environment requires proper training, operating procedures, work practices and employee awareness so that work, teaching and learning can be accomplished without threat to life, health or loss of property. In order to ensure that reasonable safety precautions are taken, the district has adopted a school district safety program that is set forth in the Harrison School District Safety Program Handbook.
The Board shall insist that its staff adhere to recommended safety practices set forth in the Harrison School District Safety Program Handbook as these pertain to the school plant, special areas of instruction, student transportation, school sports, occupational safety, etc. Deliberately unsafe actions in or around all area Harrison School District facilities are prohibited and may result in disciplinary action and reduction of workers' compensation benefits.
The practice of safety also shall be considered a facet of the instructional program of the district schools, and instruction in accident prevention as well as fire prevention; emergency procedures; traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety shall be provided in the appropriate grades and classes.
Every principal and administrator shall be responsible for the supervision of a safety program for their schools and buildings. Each principal and administrator shall ensure that every employee receives a copy of the Harrison School District Safety Program Handbook. New employees shall be given a copy of the Handbook upon employment. All subsequent revisions to the Handbook shall be timely distributed to all employees. Each employee shall sign a form stating that he or she understands the responsibility to become familiar with the Handbook and to adhere to the guidelines contained in the Handbook. The superintendent shall have overall responsibility for the safety program of the district. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to see that appropriate staff members are kept informed of current state and local requirements relating to fire prevention, civil defense, sanitation, public health and occupational safety.
The Assistant Superintendent of Support Services will cooperatively maintain a district safety committee with the Director of Support Services and the Employee Benefits Specialist. They will meet, as needed to review safety issues, respond to insurance carrier inquires and maintain eligibility for the Workers' Compensation Cost Containment Certification Program.
GENERAL SAFETY RULES
DO YOUR JOB SAFELY
THINK SAFETY! Work safely to ensure your own safety as well as that of co-workers and others.
ASK! Request help when unsure about how to perform a task safely.
BE RESPONSIBLE! Report to work in good mental and physical condition to safely do your job.
SLOW DOWN! Don't take shortcuts or be in a hurry.
BE PRESENT and BE AWARE! Concentrate on the job to be done. Always be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you.
CONTROL UNSAFE CONDITIONS and PRACTICES
If the unsafe condition or practice is easy to correct and you know what to do, take action and then notify your supervisor.
If the unsafe condition or practice is beyond your control, tell your supervisor.
If the unsafe condition or practice affects the safety of your equipment, tag it and notify your supervisor. Warn others about the unsafe condition or practice.
AUTHORIZATION to MAKE REPAIRS
DO NOT make repairs to remedy a hazard UNLESS you have been trained and authorized to make the repairs. WARN OTHERS - If you can't remove or repair the hazard...Warn others by:
Post a sign.
Tag a piece of damaged or unsafe equipment.
Block off an area with safety cones or pylons.
Verbally advise co-workers in the immediate area.
THEN go tell your supervisor about the hazard.
WARNING SIGNS - Always be alert for and heed all posted warning signs.
If you see materials blocking an aisle or an exit, then move them to the appropriate storage area.
Act immediately to remove waste, debris, or scrap materials piled around live equipment, especially materials that could ignite.
Act immediately to remove materials blocking fire extinguishers, sprinklers, or telephones, or materials obscuring emergency phone lists.
LIFT CORRECTLY to MAINTAIN a HEALTHY BACK
Think before you lift; plan the lift; move close to the load; keep your back straight; bend your knees and lift with your legs; don't lift and twist in the same motion; if the load it too heavy, get help.
PARTICIPATE in SAFETY
Follow the safety rules.
Report all accidents and workplace injuries immediately.
Report all unsafe conditions or unsafe practices.
Make safety suggestions.
Attend safety meetings and training.
Cooperate in all aspects of the Safety Program.