Policy Reference: Safety and Building Emergency Plans
Ohio Administrative Code Reference: 5123:2-1-02 (K) (1-9)
I. SUBJECT: SAFETY AND BUILDING EMERGENCY PLANS
Safety is the first priority in the delivery of services and supports of every staff employed by the Board. During the decision making process of each day, safety must guide and rule every action. Each staff person is responsible to account for the safety and whereabouts of each individual under their authority. This responsibility does not end until another authorized person assumes that obligation.
III. STAFFING QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING:
A. All Board staff shall be credentialed as required by the appropriate state agency or licensing board before providing services or supports to individual or individuals and their families.
B. In the event of the establishment of a swimming program operated directly, or through contract by the Board, a person shall be present possessing either a current water safety instructor certificate, or a senior lifesaving certificate, or adapted aquatics certificate.
C. All staff shall successfully complete background checks, driver’s abstracts (where the position requires) and drug tests prior to employment. Staff shall receive training in specialized areas such as recognition and reporting of abuse and neglect, reporting of unusual incidents, delegated nursing training for applicable board workers and any other specialized training required to ensure the safety of those receiving services and supports.
D. No less than one staff member shall be trained in techniques of fire suppression at each facility operated by the Board.
IV. PRACTICING SAFETY:
- The Board shall have systems in place to increase the likelihood of successful evacuations of the facilities in the event of emergencies or natural disasters and lessen the risks to all persons being served including staff. Building evacuation drills will be conducted as required by the Administrative Code and be conducted as outlined in building emergency plans.
- Practices of tracking and analyzing unusual incidents, major unusual incidents to identify patterns and trends for the purpose of recommending preventive measures shall be initiated by the Board.
- A safety committee shall be composed and regularly meet for the purpose of addressing safety needs in the program; if deemed necessary and appropriate by the superintendent, individual safety committees for each building may fulfill the requirements of this policy. Special attention shall be directed to the review of any accidents reports for the purposes of initiating recommendations to prevent future re-occurrence.
V. WEAPONS AND THREATS OF VIOLENCE:
- The Board is committed to providing a safe environment, which is free from the dangers of firearms, knives and other dangerous weapons.
- A firearm shall include any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to, or may readily be converted to, expel a projectile by action of an explosive. Any weapon, firearm muffler or firearm silencer, or any destructive device which includes, but is not limited to, any explosive, incendiary, poisonous gas, bomb, grenade, or rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, or missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine or device similar to any of the devises described above are considered a firearm.
- Individuals and staff are prohibited from bringing a firearm or knives, metal knuckles, straight razor, explosives, noxious irritation or poisonous gasses, poisons, drugs and other items possessed with the intent to use, sell, harm, threaten, or harass staff, individuals, parents, volunteers or other community members on board property, in a board vehicle, or to any board sponsored activity. The superintendent may make exceptions for certain tools such as pocket knives, box cutters which are deemed appropriate to the individual’s work environment through the issuance of procedures addressing such instances.
- Threats of violence shall always be reported and will not be tolerated under the Board safety policy and applicable procedures.
Each facility owned or operated by the Board shall be inspected in accordance with applicable local and state entity rules and regulations. Facilities shall conform to the design and be equipped in conformance with all applicable laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
VII. DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATION OF EMERGENCY BUILDING PLANS AND SAFETY PROCEDURES:
Procedures outlining emergency building plans shall be developed and be
communicated and available to all members of staff. All prescribed sections in the administrative code section 5123:2-1-02(K)(4-9) shall be addressed in the procedures.
VII. ANNUAL REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF POLICIES:
This Policy shall be maintained on file in the administrative offices and reviewed and updated annually or as needed. The Superintendent is authorized to develop corresponding procedures to assure implementation of this policy.