Environmental Safety Program
The Environmental Safety Program is a program authorized by State statute which permits school districts levy authority to finance health, safety and environmental management expenditures. "Health, safety, and environmental management" means school district activities necessary for a district's compliance with state law and rules of the departments of health, labor and industry, public safety, and pollution control agency as well as any related federal standards. These activities include hazard assessment, required training, recordkeeping, and program management.
The Facilities and Grounds Department maintains a five-year plan for all components of it's Environmental Safety Program. Each year a budget is formulated two years in advance of the planned projects. The budget is submitted to the MN Department of Children, Families and Learning for review and approval. All projects are planned and designed to be consistent with the primary functions and goals of the district.
- Compliance with Federal, State and Local regulatory requirements.
- Reduce/eliminate immediate and potential risks or hazards.
- Reduce accidents and injuries.
- Promote environmentally healthy and safe work practices.
- Foster clear communication of health and safety information throughout the district.
As part of our approach to implementing a comprehensive Environmental Safety Program, the Facilities and Grounds Department will pursue a strategy that incorporates the following elements:
A comprehensive, effective, Environmental Safety Program comes from having well-written management plans for the individual environmental health and safety topics. There are currently thirty-three environmental safety topics that require written management plans. Examples of topics requiring programs are; Asbestos, Confined Spaces, Employee Right to Know, Hazardous Waste, Playground Safety and Underground Storage Tanks. It is the responsibility of the Facilities and Grounds Department to maintain individual management plans that have clearly written policies and procedures and also meet the requirements of Federal, State and Local agencies with regard to environmental safety.
The Facilities and Grounds Department will communicate all aspects of the Environmental Safety Program to administrative staff, employees and the public. The Facilities and Grounds website, district newsletters, employee training sessions, district safety committees and other appropriate communication channels will be used to disseminate information.
- The effectiveness of District 196's Environmental Safety Program will be measured and improved by conducting periodic work-site inspections. Facilities and Grounds staff will work in collaboration with building staff, other district department staff and regulatory agencies to identify potential building hazards. Fire Safety, OSHA compliance and Workplace Accident Reduction are several examples of programs that require periodic work-site inspections.