Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines


The desired outcomes of the Corporation's safety program are:



regularly-scheduled inspections of building and grounds to identify/correct potential hazardous conditions;



quality tools, implements, machines, and vehicles that meet safety standards in normal usage;



equipment that is in compliance with State safety standards in all respects;



regularly-scheduled equipment servicing and maintenance to ensure safe and efficient operation;



provision of approved protective devices to minimize personal injuries.


The Maintenance Director shall be responsible for compliance with the Federal/State regulations and for maintaining communication with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSHA). Each principal is to assist by developing and administering such measures and practices as are necessary to adequately monitor safety conditions in the school and to prevent accidents.

The plan should be in accordance with recommendations provided by the State and should include the following:



Hazard Inspection


A hazard inspection of all areas in which employees work or participate (See Form 7410 F4). If a hazard is identified, the principal shall select the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for the employee, communicate the selection to the employee, and ensure the employee wears the PPE after receiving the proper instruction. (See Form 7430 F4).



Fire and Tornado


(see AG 8420 - Emergency Procedures and AG 8420A - Severe Weather and Tornado Warnings)



Fire exits are inspected daily to ensure each is ready for prompt and orderly egress.



Fire extinguishers are inspected annually and tagged when inspected. The principal shall be notified when fire extinguishers have been discharged and need to be recharged or replaced.



The systems for giving fire and tornado alarms are to be checked at least annually to ensure that each is functioning properly.



Protective Devices and/or Clothing


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE's) shall be used by all students, teachers, and visitors when participating or observing courses involving the use of hazardous substances.


For purposes of these guidelines hazardous substances are those likely to cause physical injury to the eye, face, head, foot, or hand. This includes materials which are flammable, toxic, or corrosive to living tissue, irritating, strongly sensitizing, radioactive, or those which generate pressure through heat, decomposition, or other means.



Safety Education


Tools and equipment shall be used for instructional purposes only, and the teacher shall be fully responsible for ensuring that each is used safely and is kept in proper working order, including any safety features.

© Neola 2002