The board authorizes the development of a comprehensive hazardous chemical communication program for the district to disseminate information about hazardous chemicals in the workplace. It is the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] to develop administrative regulations regarding this program.
In order to maintain a safe and healthy work environment, the Linn-Mar Community School District maintains a hazardous chemical communication program that complies with all state and federal regulations. By making employee safety a high priority for every employee, injuries and illnesses can be reduced, productivity can be increased, and a safer and healthier environment can be promoted for all individuals in the Linn-Mar Community School District.
All containers of hazardous materials used by employees and contractors must be labeled, tagged, or marked with appropriate hazard warnings and appropriate trainings must be provided to all employees and contractors working on the premises. All manufacturers, importers, suppliers, and/or distributors of hazardous materials will supply the district with material safety data sheets (MSDS) as a part of the purchase process. District personnel who purchase hazardous chemicals will ensure that copies of the MSDS for the chemicals are provided for their building and a copy will be sent to the Operations and Maintenance MSDS coordinator who will maintain a central file. Each building will have at least two MSDS binders, one to be maintained in a custodial area and another to be located in the building office. Other buildings where hazardous chemicals are in use will maintain a MSDS binder in a central office area.
Contractors working onsite are required to provide the MSDS for all hazardous materials brought onsite and must remove all unused materials and empty containers from the district’s premises.
Any district personnel ordering and/or purchasing a hazardous chemical should verify that all containers received for use identify:
- Types and identification of hazardous waste
- Characteristics of hazardous waste
- Determination of hazardous waste
- Hazardous waste accumulation and disposal information
- Hazardous waste and emergency response information
A review/training session will be given annually. Additional training and instruction will be provided whenever chemicals change, processes change, or newly acquired information indicates the need for education or protective measures.
Supervisors shall ensure that personnel under their supervision receive initial and annual training as required by this plan. Trainings may consist of online programs, classroom-style presentations, or a combination of both. Training records shall be maintained by the Human Resources department.
District personnel who will be instructing or otherwise working with students will disseminate information about the hazardous chemicals they will be working with as part of the instructional program.
Reviewed: 12/11; 4/13; 3/17
Revised: 3/11; 9/14
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 29 CFR Pt 1910; 1200 et seq; Chapters 88; 89B
IASB Reference: 403.4