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8405 Policy_Environmental Health and Safety Program

The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to provide students, employees, and visitors with a safe and
healthful environment. To this end, the Board directs the Superintendent to develop a comprehensive program
designed to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment on District property and at District-sponsored
activities. To achieve this, it is the intent of the Board that the District will avail itself of current, proven technologies
in the fields of health, safety, and environmental sciences.
Student, Employee and Visitor Health And Safety
The District shall develop and implement an environmental health and safety program that is positive, proactive,
integrates responsibilities within the District, and promotes and incorporates the following:
    A. Procedures describing a hazard identification and abatement program that requires the periodic inspection of
        District facilities, the implementation of immediate and programmed corrective actions when deemed
        necessary by such inspections, and the development of a District-wide hazard reporting procedure that
        enables employee/stakeholder participation. This program should also provide procedures for identifying and
        responding to hazards that are created by outside entities, inspecting activities of contractors, and inspecting
        new facilities to determine whether appropriate requirements for environmental health and safety have been
    B. Procedures that promote environmental health and safety awareness among employees, students, and
        stakeholders. These procedures shall include, but not be limited to, the establishment of school and District
        safety committees, and the establishment of a program of regular communication with students, employees,
        and stakeholders about pertinent safety and health issues through available mediums in the District.
    C. Procedures directed toward the safety and health of students during transportation to and from school, at
        school, and during participation in school-related activities. These procedures shall include, but not be limited
        to, promoting bus safety for students, assessing the safety of school traffic patterns, operating school clinics,
        administering medication and medical treatment, promoting laboratory and shop safety, promoting safety in
        sports and other outdoor activities, inspecting playground equipment and promoting safety on playgrounds,
        and assessing environmental exposure.
    D. Procedures related to District employee health and safety issues that include, but are not limited to,
        provision of work areas free from recognized hazards and programs that are required by Federal and State
        law, and defining employer and employee responsibilities and expectations related to health and safety.
    E. Procedures describing an accident reporting and investigation system that provides for identification of root
        causes, determination of remedial and programmed corrective actions, and communication about accidents
        to employees and stakeholders.
    F. Procedures for foreseeable emergencies and fire prevention.
    G. Procedures relating to recordkeeping required by State or Federal law.
Phase-Out/Banned Products
The Superintendent shall require that any chemicals, insecticides, or other materials that the Federal government
is phasing out and/or banning by a certain date be immediately banned from use on Board property.
Animals In Classrooms
Use of animals in classrooms shall be limited to that necessary to support the educational mission, (e.g.,
assistance animal), taking into consideration that some animals can cause or exacerbate allergic reactions,
spread bacterial infections, or cause damage and create a hazard if they escape from confinement. Animals in
classrooms shall be kept in a healthy condition in appropriate cages or tanks, which are kept clean.
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
The Board recognizes that excessive moisture levels within the schools can lead to conditions that are optimum
for the development of biological contaminants, such as mold and fungi on building surfaces. The Board further
recognizes that the presence of these contaminants can be harmful on contact with respiratory tissue.
Contributing factors to excessive moisture levels include the following:
    A. Roof leaks
    B. Structural defects in the building
    C. Improperly controlled humidity levels
    D. Faulty HVAC systems
As preventative measures, the District shall do the following:
    A. Address prevention of water intrusion as a priority indoor air quality (IAQ) issue and implement strategies
        toward its elimination
    B. Maintain environmental conditions in occupied areas that are in compliance with applicable regulations and
        strive to conform to consensus industry standards
    C. Implement a preventative maintenance program for HVAC systems which shall include, but not be limited to,
        periodic filter replacement, inspection, cleaning and disinfecting processes, and procedures to eliminate the
        contribution to indoor air quality problems caused by this equipment
    D. Implement a system for insuring materials used and purchased for use in the construction, furnishing and
        maintenance, including cleaning of facilities, do not contribute to the health hazards to employees and
        students by degrading the quality of indoor air. In addition, activities that create indoor air quality health
        hazards shall not be permitted
In addition, the Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines for the proper monitoring of the factors that
contribute to excessive moisture and for the development of mitigation plan when, and if, problems with IAQ are
Diesel Exhaust and School Bus Idling
In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s initiative to reduce pollution that is caused by school
buses on school property, the Board will take the recommended steps to reduce the negative effect of diesel
exhaust on indoor and outdoor air quality on school campuses. This effort shall include, but not be limited to,
reducing bus idling time and reinforcing smart driving practices.
The Superintendent shall develop the administrative procedures necessary to establish these practices in the
District (see AG 8615).
Pollution Control and Prevention
In an effort to comply with the environmental policy and applicable regulations, the District shall develop and
implement procedures designed to prevent air and water pollution, minimize or eliminate waste streams where
possible, and identify possible sources of air and water pollution as required by State and Federal law.
Use of Free-Flowing Mercury Containing Products
The District shall not purchase or use for any reason free-flowing elemental mercury.
The District shall not purchase or use any products containing mercury as those products are defined by applicable State law, unless no reasonable alternative product is available and the product with the lowest mercury
content is used. This rule does not apply to products whose purchase is required by Federal law or products
whose only mercury content is in a button cell battery.
See also the following related policies:
101.11, Wis. Stats.
118.07, Wis. Stats.
Chapter 32, Wis. Admin. Code
29 C.F.R. Part 1910
Revised 1/24/11
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 9, 2011, 1:05 PM