453 – Workplace Safety Program & Committee Policy
It is the policy of the Urbandale Community School District to take reasonable care and actions to protect the safety and health of its employees. Injury and illness losses from accidents are undesirable, costly and, in many cases, preventable. The District shall establish and maintain a workplace safety program that will help to assist in trying to prevent unnecessary injuries and illnesses. Employee involvement at all levels in the District’s program is critical for the District to be successful in its efforts. To accomplish this task, a joint employee/employer safety committee has been established with the purpose of bringing all administration, teachers and staff together in a cooperative effort to promote health and safety in the workplace. The safety committee shall assist the District in making recommendations for change.
Administration shall assume reasonable care and efforts to prevent injuries and illnesses at the workplace. Administration will endeavor to provide direction and support to supervisors and employees regarding applicable safety and health procedures, job training and hazard mitigation. Administration, through the assistance of the safety committee, shall periodically review the effectiveness of the District’s workplace safety program.
Supervisors are generally responsible for supervising and training their workers. This includes training on proper procedures, work practices and safe methods to perform a job or work. Supervisors are to enforce company rules and take corrective action to mitigate or eliminate, when possible, hazardous conditions and practices.
Each employee, regardless of his/her position in the District, is expected to cooperate in all aspects of the District’s workplace safety program, which includes, but is not limited to the following requirements:
- Accidents must be immediately reported to the employee’s supervisor or the next person in charge if the immediate supervisor is not available.
- Personal protective equipment must be worn at all
- Hazardous conditions must be immediately reported to the employee’s supervisor or the next person in charge if the immediate supervisor is not available.
- Employees shall participate in workplace safety committee activities, when required, and shall support workplace safety and accident prevention procedures communicated by the committee members.
- Employees shall take the time to do their jobs in a safe manner.
The work place safety committee shall consist of volunteer administrators, teachers and staff representatives who have an interest in the promotion of safety and health within the District. The committee is responsible for providing information to the Board, Administration, and Employees for improving safety and health in the workplace. The committee is charged with the following responsibilities:
- Define problems and remove obstacles to accident prevention.
- Identify hazards and research appropriate corrective actions.
- Identify employee safety training needs.
- Establish and provide accident investigation procedures.
- Report information only to the Board of Directors annually for the Board’s review and consideration in making policy decisions related to workplace health and safety.
Date of Revision: May 18, 2015