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Aug 03
Changes to Chapter 8 - Health and Safety

UPDATED SECTION​​​​

8.3 - General Health and Safety Measures

All locations shall:

  • Create, implement, and maintain an injury and illness prevention p​​​rogram (IIPP)
  • Create, implement, and maintain Emergency Plans that address workplace, school, and parish operations; comply with Cal/OSHA and the Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8); and cover fire prevention​ and hazard communications
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with community and public agencies that are charged with health and safety and cooperate with requests for information from local emergency personnel
  • Participate in community recycling programs (for furniture, paint, batteries, chemicals, old computer equipment, and e-waste) by moving all such materials off-site promptly
  • Maintain current, accurate rosters of staff, students (including religious education participants), and their families
  • Maintain current, accurate emergency forms (with emergency contact information and student medical information) for all staff and stude​nts (including religious education participants); see the employee Emergency Information Sheet​​ and the Student Emergency Card
  • Have building blueprints, if available, or similar drawings, floor plans, or layouts with utility information available to appropriate governmental agencies
  • Have evacuation maps displayed in all public rooms
  • Code all entrances by number or letter (e.g., South I or North 3) and provide this information to emergency personnel and first responders
  • Post signs indicating that the building is private property and is protected against unlawful entry: disrupting a religious service is a misdemeanor (Penal Code Section 302)​​ and “No Trespassing” signs ​​​should balance the location’s pastoral outreach with the need to discourage disruptive behavior (see sample "No Trespassing" sign​); signs warning that vehicles parked without permission will be towed must include the language set forth in Vehicle Code Section 22658(a)(1)​
  • Regularly check alarm systems to ensure that they are working properly
  • Properly secure cash, personal property, and other valuables
  • Make preventive maintenance a priority: regularly inspect the facilities, including furnishings and equipment, for hazardous conditions; discard broken equipment and furnishings such as broken chairs and tables (see the Safety Survey of Interior Conditions and Operations: Self-Inspection Checklist, the​ Safety Survey of Exterior Conditions and Operations: Self-Inspection Checklist, and preventive and routine maintenance in Facilities for more information)
  • Display in a prominent place the Cal/OSHA poster Safety and Health Protection on the Job, which explains the basic requirements and procedures for compliance with the state's laws and regulations about job safety and health
  • Create an ergonomics program designed to minimize repetitive motion injuries (RMI) if more than one employee experiences the same RMI in a 12-month period
  • Ensure that the premises and equipment comply with applicable work surfaces, control devices, and emergency equipment standards; see OSHA Standards for Walking/Working Surfaces
  • Create a program to train supervisors and staff on risks, identification, prevention, and treatment of heat illness for both staff and students
  • Train staff and students as required by the safety and emergency procedures detailed in the pertinent plans for the location
  • Report to the police and archdiocese all suspicious persons, activities, and threats
  • Report injuries and hazardous building conditions​ to the appropriate archdiocesan departments
  • Maintain a sign-in/sign-out log and/or issue visitor badges as appropriate; use photo IDs/name tags for all employees in the location
  • Provide in-service programs and training that cover accident and emergency procedures​ for staff, consultants, and volunteers
  • Develop student tr​aining programs that include safety (caution against opening doors to strangers, etc.), conflict resolution, violence prevention, etc.; see also ​Safe Environment
  • Conduct, monitor, and record all drills, including fire, safety, and earthquake​
  • Provide for the safety of the disabled and those with special needs
  • In the event of an emergency requiring evacuation, partner with other schools, churches, the Red Cross (through the archdiocese), or similar facilities or services in the area to prearrange for sites at or away from the location; always follow directives of fire and police personnel
  • Display exterior and interior signs to direct visitors to the location office
  • Lock or monitor all exterior doors and/or gates, regularly check the locking mechanisms on all exterior doors and/or gates, and regularly check the window locks
  • Ensure that the public address system adequately reaches all areas of the location
  • Have appropriate communication systems throughout the location, including communications that will function when there is a power outage
  • Fence play areas​; enclosed campuses must have gates large enough to permit the entrance of ambulances, police equipment, and firefighting apparatus
  • Provide emergency radios or other devices in classrooms


NEW RESOURCE

8.3 - General Health and Safety Measures

No Trespassing Sign (sample)

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