The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) rule, published in October 1987, requires all public school districts, known as local education agencies or LEAs, to:
- Provide an annual notification to workers, building occupants, or their guardians of planned projects or activities involving asbestos in the District’s schools;
- Develop Asbestos Management Plans for each district facility and inform the public of their availability;
- Assess the condition of known or suspected asbestos containing building materials every six months; and
- Perform a thorough re-inspection of all buildings every three years and inspect any newly acquired facilities prior to occupancy.
Hazard Communication Plan
The Hazard Communication Plan (HAZCOM) implements requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard, section 301, of the Idaho Division of Building Safety General Safety & Health Standards and is intended to provide procedures for the safe use of hazardous chemicals found across the District. The HAZCOM plan pertains to custodial workers, maintenance workers and all operations staff who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their daily operations.
The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) procedure helps ensure that Idaho Falls School District 91 employees and students who conduct activities in District laboratories are protected from health hazards associated with laboratory use of hazardous chemicals (see def.). It provides uniform laboratory practices and protective measures for use District-wide to minimize risks associated with laboratory chemical operations.
Safety Inspection Checklists
Idaho Division of Building Safety (DBS) administers and promotes compliance with Idaho General Safety and Health Standards to render all public buildings owned or maintained by the state, including public schools reasonably free from hazards to the general public, employees, and students in such buildings. The DBS conducts a safety inspection of District buildings annually. District employees are encouraged use the to the Classroom Safety, Laboratory Safety or Vocational Area Safety checklist to ensure the areas under their control is maintained in a safe condition. If an unsafe condition is found that is the responsibility of the Operations and Maintenance Department, please submit a Work Order.
Integrated Pest Management
The EPA recommends that schools use integrated pest management (IPM) to reduce pesticide risk and exposure to children. Put simply, IPM is a safer and usually less costly option for effective pest management in a school community. Pesticides are powerful tools for controlling pests. However, pesticides need to be used carefully and judiciously, especially where children are present. Children are more sensitive than adults to pesticides. Young children can have greater exposure to pesticides from crawling, exploring, or other hand-to-mouth activities.
An IPM program takes advantage of all pest management strategies and uses the common sense approach of reducing sources of food, water and shelter for pests in your school buildings and grounds. Since children spend so much of their day at school, integrated pest management provides an opportunity to create a safer learning environment - to reduce children's exposure to pesticides as well as eliminate pests. School District 91 has implemented an Integrated Pest Management Plan for District buildings.