I. Board Directive
Recognizing the need to maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment in the schools and workplace, the Board directs the Administration to implement a policy to develop and maintain safety programs that comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety standards.
II. Administrative Policy
- OSHA law 1910.133(a) requires that approved safety glasses (ANSI Z87) must be worn by all students, teachers and visitors while participating in or directly observing certain industrial education, physics, and chemistry laboratory activities and any other activity that could cause impairment. The type of eye protection will be determined by the type of hazard that exist in the activity and will be job specific.
- OSHA Hazard Communication Standard: In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information.
- School principals, with the cooperation of classroom teachers, shall take all necessary precautions to avert eye damage or loss among students and teachers, and ensure that appropriate eye protection is available and used as required. They will also be responsible for proper training and education as to any potential health and safety hazards.
- Persons exposed to an eye hazard from physical objects (i.e. impact hazard), chemical substances (splash or vapor hazard), harmful radiant energy, and nuisance dust, must wear eye protection. Such hazards may include but are not limited to the following:
- Sparks, open flame and spatters
- Molten metals
- Research activities involving high energy, flying particles, and the possibility of explosion or implosion of vessels
- Toxic, poisonous, irritating, or corrosive chemicals
- Glass, wood or metal processing, particularly grinding, welding, chipping, sawing and sanding
- Heat treating, tempering or kiln firing of any industrial materials
- Injurious radiant energy, such as welding, ultraviolet light, lasers and brazing
- Bio-hazardous materials
- Every student teacher and visitor shall use appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors or potentially injurious light radiation.
- The building administrator shall ensure that each person uses eye protection that provides side protection when there is a hazard from flying objects. Detachable side protectors (e.g.) clip–on or slide-on side shields) meeting the pertinent requirements of this section are acceptable.
- Each person who wears prescription lenses while engaged in operations that involve eye hazards shall wear eye protection that incorporate the prescription in it design, or wear eye protection that can be worn over the prescription lenses without disturbing the proper position of the prescription lenses or the protective lenses.
- Each person who uses equipment with filter lenses shall use a shade number appropriate for the work being performed for protection from injurious light radiation. Reference Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.133(a)(5).
- Everyone who works with or is potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals will receive initial training on the Hazard Communication Standard and the safe use of those hazardous chemicals, as outlined in the Jordan School District’s hazard communications program.