This Plan is designed to help the St Cloud School District to comply with the requirements of the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) standard. Compliance is required for those Standard Industrial Classifications (SICs) with high accident or injury rates specified in the standard. Although school districts are not presently required to comply with this standard, Minnesota OSHA recommends that an AWAIR Plan be implemented in schools.
This Plan is intended to be non site-specific and will need to be modified to adapt to specific conditions and policies at each site or school district. In addition, the St Cloud School District is responsible for the implementation, enforcement and updating of their AWAIR. Plan. It is recommended that the Plan be reviewed and updated annually. Actual use of this Plan is limited to Resource Training & Solutions and the St Cloud School District which it represents.
Program review and changes are documented below. Documented reviews indicate that the plan continues to meet the needs of the District, or has been modified to do so more effectively.
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The Minnesota OSHA A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) Act, Chapter 5205.1500, became effective on July 1,1991. The regulation lists all Standard Industrial Classifications (SICs) with high accident or injury rates required to comply. This list is based on each individual classification's safety record or workers' compensation record of that industrial segment. The SIC list is updated every two years relative to current injury and illness data available at the time of update. Currently, schools are not on the list based on their low accident and injury rates. However, Minnesota OSHA recommends that AW AIR be implemented in schools to assist them in overall compliance with applicable OSHA standards. Employers, under the General Duty Clause, must provide employees a workplace free from recognized hazards and control or minimize accidents. Minnesota OSHA will make revised AWAIR program guidelines as they become effective.
The intent of the AWAIR standard is to make safety an important part of each workplace by making employers and employees more safety conscious. The goals of the AWAIR Plan include the following:
The AWAIR Act requires a written program to promote safe and healthful working conditions. The basic requirements of the program include:
The overall program should be reviewed on an annual basis. In addition, all activities and procedures to meet the program requirements should be documented.
Initial AWAIR Management Plan developed : 6/93
The St Cloud School District shall establish a general health and safety compliance policy statement. The policy statement should identify the St Cloud School District's position relative to the importance of health and safety, various responsibilities of staff, program objectives, and resources made available. The written AWAIR program will define responsibilities of managers, supervisors and employees to support implementation of the program. Safety is everyone's responsibility.
The following are typical responsibilities of various staff levels.
Under the new Minnesota Workers' Compensation Act (refer to Minnesota statute 176.232), all public and private employers with more than 25 employees are required to establish a joint labor management safety committee. Employers with less than 25 employees are required to have a committee if their lost time incident rate is in the top 10 percent of employers in the same industry or their workers' compensation premium classification assigned to the greatest portion of their payroll has a pure premium rate in the top 25 percent of premium rates for all classes. This new requirement became effective on July 1, 1992.
Note: Safety committee meetings shall be scheduled during normal working hours. In addition, all committee members attending these meetings shall receive their normal wages.
Accidents in the workplace occur due to a variety of contributing factors. Some of these causes include the following examples.
The St Cloud School District shall identify new or existing hazards, conditions or operations within each facility. Means for identifying hazards include the following:
Hazards should be evaluated relative to their potential consequences and probability. Once evaluated, hazards are then prioritized according to various jobs or functions with the greatest potential for injury. A commonly used procedure in identifying and evaluating hazards is the Job Hazard Analysis. This procedure is based on the following steps.
Actual control or corrective measures for hazards identified and analyzed typically involve one of (or combination of) the following: engineering controls, administrative controls, personal protective equipment.
The preferred control measures by OSHA, where feasible, are engineering controls. The intent is to eliminate or reduce the hazard by controlling the hazard itself. The following are examples of engineering controls.
The following are examples of administrative controls.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Controls
PPE is used in situations where engineering or administrative controls are not feasible or fully effective. The following are examples of PPE controls.
In all cases, the St Cloud School District's AWAIR program shall define specific goals and objectives to correct or control identified hazards. In addition, periodic job hazard analysis should be performed to identify any modifications to a certain operation or task, as well as to identify any new hazards.
The St Cloud School District's written program shall specify how the overall program will be communicated to affected employees to assure their knowledge of the hazards present and control measures involved. Employees with known hazards associated with their respective job functions shall receive training on the AWAIR program. Components of the training program include the following topics:
Training shall be provided to all new employees prior to commencement of any work with identified hazards. Training will be provided annually thereafter to review safe work practices and any new hazards identified. The St Cloud School District should retain all training records for three years (minimum). An attendance training log is provided for in Appendix B.
In addition to the training program, the St Cloud School District should consider one or more of the following forms of communication to maximize the effectiveness of their AWAIR program.
The St Cloud School District's safety coordinator or facilitator shall investigate all accidents, including near mishaps, as soon as possible after the event or first report of injury. The goal is to determine the cause to prevent its re-occurrence through corrective actions. In all cases, administering first aid or medical care to the injured is the first priority. Furthermore, the investigator should secure the area and survey the scene to prevent any additional accidents or injuries.
In order to investigate, it is imperative that every employee promptly report any accident or near mishap. This requires the St Cloud School District to eliminate any employee fear, embarrassment or concern for repercussions associated with reporting accidents. The District is required to report:
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Only fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related incident must be reported to OSHA. Further, for an in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, these incidents must be reported to OSHA only if they occur within 24 hours of the work-related incident.
Investigation of any accident shall be thorough and objective in nature. Again, the principle goal of any investigation is to identify the causal factors asking the traditional "who, what, why, where, when and how." Results from the investigation are then used to make adjustments to or recommended control measures for the operation involved to prevent any reoccurrence. All injuries or illnesses shall be recorded on the OSHA 301 and e 300 forms. The 301, 300 & 300A forms are located in appendix D. The actual investigation should be documented on a standard Accident Investigation Report or other appropriate form.
The St Cloud School District shall implement the following monitoring and enforcement activities to promote active participation and compliance with their AWAIR program.