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Rules of the School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida
Title 6Gx50
Chapter 2. General Administration

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Policy 2.382Safety Awareness and Safety Committees

  1. Purpose. The School Board of Palm Beach County holds in high regard the safety, welfare, and health of its employees, students, and the public when visiting District facilities. Therefore, the District will work toward:

    1. the maintenance of a safe and healthful working and learning environment;

    2. ensuring that each school principal review this Policy annually with all school personnel; and

    3. conscientious observance of all applicable federal statutes and regulations, state statutes and rules, county ordinances and School Board Policies pertaining to safety and the Palm Beach County School District Safety and Health Plan as approved by the Superintendent.

  2. Scope. It is the policy of the School Board to provide and maintain safe, efficient, and healthful working conditions in the District and follow operating practices that will safeguard employees, students, and the general public who visit District facilities or are in proximity to District vehicles.

    1. Implementation and integration of a safety program and the District's comprehensive safety plan is dependent upon management within each division, department, or school.

    2. Each employee should follow established safety practices and is encouraged to learn sufficient safety skills to protect himself/herself and reasonably avoid injury. All employees are encouraged to question conditions that may appear unsafe and are expected to report any substandard conditions.

  3. Safety Committees. This Policy is enhanced by the formation of safety committees for the District overall; at all schools; and for the District's Department of Transportation and Department of Maintenance and Plant Operations ("MP&O"). The goal of these committees is to maintain safety in their respective environments through promotion of safety awareness, planning, education, training, and promotion of best practices, consistent with safety-related Board Policies such as Policies 2.031, 2.38, 2.382, 2.40, 3.21, 3.81, 5.11, 5.31, 5.32 and 5.322.

  4. District Safety Committee. The Superintendent shall appoint members of the District safety committee. The District Safety Manager shall be the ex officio chair of the committee. The District Safety Committee shall invite some Palm Beach County officials with safety-related responsibilities to attend Committee meetings and/or send the minutes of the meetings to such officials.

    1. Meetings. The District safety committee shall meet at least every other month during the school year. The committee secretary shall prepare minutes of meetings and send copies to each committee member.

    2. Functions. The functions of the committee shall be to:

      1. review the activities of the school center safety committees and other district safety committees;

      2. determine the need for additional safety committees at locations other than school centers and make recommendations to the Superintendent; and

      3. make recommendations to the Superintendent on various safety-related issues.

  5. School Center Safety Committees. School center safety committees shall consist of at least one classroom teacher, one food service employee, one custodial employee, and one athletic or physical education teacher appointed by the Principal, who shall serve as the chair. The chair shall appoint an Assistant Principal as vice-chair to preside over meetings when the chair is unavailable.

    1. Meetings. School center safety committees shall meet at least every other month during the school year. The committee secretary shall prepare minutes of meetings and send copies to each committee member, the appropriate Area Superintendent, and the Department of Risk and Benefits Management (to the attention of the District's safety manager).

    2. Functions. The functions of school center safety committees shall include reviewing:

      1. employee and student accident reports to determine whether steps should be taken to prevent a recurrence;

      2. safety and first aid training procedures and practices at the center to determine whether improvements should be considered;

      3. activities at the school center to assess whether new safety practices should be considered;

      4. Comprehensive Safety Inspection Reports to ascertain whether the school center is doing all it should to bring the school into compliance with the safety provisions of Chapter 5 of State Requirements for Education Facilities;

      5. local inspection reports on playground and athletic equipment to analyze whether the equipment is being adequately inspected and maintained;

      6. suggestions made by employees, students, or parents pertaining to safety, to determine whether action or implementation should be recommended; and

      7. school center emergency plans and suggest updates, if needed.

    3. Additionally, school center safety committees shall ensure that safety awareness presentations are conducted annually. These presentations shall consist primarily of general safety training and shall be conducted in addition to specific safety training programs provided on an ongoing basis for employees in certain types of occupations. The presentations shall be conducted by, or approved by, the District's safety manager.

  6. MP&O and Transportation Department Safety Committees. -- The Directors of MP&O and Transportation shall establish a safety committee for their departments, nominating a committee membership representative of management and labor.

    1. Meetings. -- These safety committees shall meet at least every other month. The committee secretary shall prepare minutes of meetings and send copies to each committee member, the Department Director and the Department of Risk and Benefits Management.

    2. Functions.-- The functions of these committees shall include reviewing :

      1. accident reports of department employees to determine whether steps could be take to prevent reoccurrence;

      2. safety and first aid training procedures and practices of the department to determine whether improvements should be considered;

      3. activities of the department to assess whether new safety practices should be considered;

      4. Comprehensive Safety Inspection Reports relating to areas of the department's responsibility;

      5. local inspection reports on work equipment to analyze whether the equipment is being adequately inspected and maintained;

      6. suggestions made by employees pertaining to safety; and

      7. department emergency plans.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:Fla. Stat. 1001.41(2); 1001.42(22)
LAWS IMPLEMENTED:Fla. Stat. 1001.41(1), (3); 1001.42(6), (9)(c); 1001.43(1), (7); 1013.11
HISTORY:4/28/2003 [incorporates and supersedes Directives 2.39 and 2.392]; 3/25/09