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October Safety Meeting Topic – Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)

The Monthly Safety Meeting topic for October is Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).  Now is a great time to update your district’s IIPP and remind your employees where the program is located!  Please see the attached handout which lists the eight required elements of the IIPP.

California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3203, states that every employer shall establish, implement, and maintain an effective IIPP.  A copy of the IIPP must be accessible by all employees at each work site.  A master copy should be available at the district office.  The IIPP must also be reviewed annually and revised as necessary.  Even if you don’t have any changes to your IIPP, it’s important to update the cover sheet with the current school years date.

For more information, please visit the Cal/OSHA website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/iipp.html.

Each month we will be sending out a 1-2-page Safety Spotlight handout on the upcoming monthly safety meeting topic.  This handout should be shared with your Principals and Directors as a tool for conducting a brief 5-10 minute safety overview with all staff (this can be done during regular department meetings). Please remember to have a sign-in sheet each month for your training records.

Safety Spotlight – IIPP

September Safety Meeting Topic – Reporting Employee Accidents

The Monthly Safety Meeting topic for September is Reporting Employee Accidents.  For FCSIG members, we have attached Tristar’s First Notice Reporting poster.  It’s important that all employees call the Nurse Triage Hotline to report all work-related injuries and illnesses.  For non-FCSIG members, please review your district’s employee accident reporting procedures with all staff.

Attached you’ll also find a sample Supervisors Accident Investigation Report (fillable PDF form).  It’s recommended that a Supervisors Accident Investigation Report form be completed by the employee’s supervisor within 24 hours of the injury or illness.

 CAL/OSHA regulations require that employers must report any Serious Injury/Illness or Fatality to the nearest CAL/OSHA District Office.  A Serious Injury is defined as “any injury or illness occurring in a place of employment or in connection with any employment which requires inpatient hospitalization for a period in excess of 24 hours for other than medical observation or in which an employee suffers a loss of any member of the body or in which an employee suffers any serious degree of permanent disfigurement, but does not include any injury or illness or death caused by the commission of a Penal Code violation, except the violation of Section 385 of the Penal Code, on an accident on a public street or highway.”

Please see the attached handout regarding CAL/OSHA injury reporting procedures.  For more information, please visit the Cal/OSHA website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/342.html.

Each month we will be sending out a 1-2-page Safety Spotlight handout on the upcoming monthly safety meeting topic.  This handout should be shared with your Principals and Directors as a tool for conducting a brief 5-10 minute safety overview with all staff (this can be done during regular department meetings). Please remember to have a sign-in sheet each month for your training records.

Safety Spotlight – Reporting_Employee Accidents

August Safety Meeting Topic – Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP)

The Monthly Safety Meeting topic for August is Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Awareness. Please share the attached Safety Spotlight with employees. Each month we will be sending out a 1-2-page Safety Spotlight handout on the upcoming monthly safety meeting topic. This handout should be shared with your Principals and Directors as a tool for conducting a brief 5-10 minute safety overview with all staff (this can be done during regular department meetings). Please remember to have a sign-in sheet each month for your training records.

The California Code of Regulations requires employers to have a written Exposure Control Plan which is designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens. If you do not have a written Exposure Control Plan, please contact me for assistance.

For more information on bloodborne pathogens, please visit the Cal/OSHA website at
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/BloodborneFAQ.html.

Safety Spotlight – BBP

Monthly Safety Meeting Topics 2017-2019

We shared the attached Monthly Safety Meeting Topics 2017-2019 document at the OSS Annual Meeting.  The purpose of this document is to coordinate a consistent employee safety message and to assist in safety compliance throughout your schools, as required by the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

Each month we will be sending out a 1-2-page Safety Spotlight handout on the upcoming monthly safety meeting topic.  This handout should be shared with your Principals and Directors as a tool for conducting a brief 5-10 minute safety overview with all staff (this can be done during regular department meetings). Please remember to have a sign-in sheet each month for your training records.

The topic for July is Heat Illness Prevention.  Please share the attached Safety Spotlight with employees highlighting important heat illness information.

The California Code of Regulations Heat Illness Standard requires employers to have a written Heat Illness Prevention Plan.  The requirements of the Heat Illness Prevention Plan were updated in 2015.  If your Heat Illness Prevention Plan does not reflect these changes or if you do not have a written Heat Illness Prevention Plan, please contact me for assistance.

For more information on heat illness prevention, please visit the Cal/OSHA website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/heatillnessinfo.html.

To view/download the monthly schedule of topics, click here.

To view the library of topics, click here.

 

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Congratulations to FCSIG for being awarded Accreditation with Excellence

Congratulations to FCSIG for being awarded Accreditation with Excellence from California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA). In the photo, President, Eric Cederquist (left) accepting the FCSIG Certificate of Accreditation with Excellence from Mike Fleming, chairman of the CAJPA accreditation committee.

CAJPA sponsors what is considered the nation’s first risk management accreditation program. This Accreditation Program is designed to ensure quality and professional standards for all risk management pools regardless of size, scope of operation, or membership structure. The process involves a detailed program study and evaluation, committee review and issuance of a report.

Accreditation with Excellence

Winter 2016 Newsletter Now Available

Welcome to the Winter 2016 issue of our newsletter and we are very excited to present this to our members. We hope you find this information useful and our goal is to keep you informed on the latest issues dealing with school insurance, risk management and safety. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues.

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[Hot Topic] 2015 Healthy School Act Changes

The Healthy Schools Act of 2000 (Assembly Bill 2260) put into place right-to-know requirements such as notification, posting, and recordkeeping for pesticides used at public schools and public child day care facilities. The legislation also put into law the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) existing School IPM Program and requirements for reporting pesticide use. The Healthy Schools Act was amended in 2005 to prohibit the use of certain pesticides at schools and public child day care facilities that have conditional, experimental use, or interim registrations or have been canceled, suspended, or phased out.

On September 29, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1405. This bill makes amendments to the Healthy Schools Act (HSA) which went into effect on January 1, 2015. Under the new law, school sites (licensed child care centers and public K-12 schools) must develop an Integrated Pest Management Plan or use the integrated pest management (IPM) plan template provided by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to develop an IPM plan for their school site or school district. This IPM plan must be posted on the district’s or school site’s Web site and/or sent out to all parents, guardians, and staff with the annual pesticide notice.

Attached is a summary of the healthy schools act requirements, changes for 2015 and a training flyer for the Pesticide Handler Safety Workshop for Schools on June 30th.

Pesticide Workshop June 2015

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The Healthy Schools Act Changes

New changes to the Hazard Communication Standard

New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), further improving safety and health protections for America’s workers. Building on the success of OSHA’s current Hazard Communication Standard, the GHS is expected to prevent injuries and illnesses, save lives and improve trade conditions for chemical manufacturers. The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,’ but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.’

The new hazard communication standard still requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the chemicals they produce or import and provide hazard information to employers and workers by putting labels on containers and preparing safety data sheets. However, the old standard allowed chemical manufacturers and importers to convey hazard information on labels and material safety data sheets in whatever format they chose. The modified standard provides a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets.

Since this alignment has brought about major changes to several areas of the standard, affecting the compliance requirements for safety data sheets, labels and employee training. FCSIG and OSS have partnered with MSDSonline to offer an MSDS/chemical management solution at an affordable price. For more information on how to enroll and preferred pricing, please contact Courtney Falls at 312.881.2148 or cfalls@MSDSonline.com.

OSHA Fact Sheet