Health and Safety Training and Information Service
CoSer: 617.010The amount of federal, state and local health and safety regulations can often seem innumerable and overwhelming. Nassau BOCES’ Health & Safety Training and Information Service is here to help. Developed to help Nassau County school districts comply with these safety regulations, the Health & Safety Training and Information Service assists districts in building an environment conducive to both learning and teaching.
Recognized nationally as a leader in this field, the Health & Safety Training and Information Service works with all component districts, using a cost-effective model cognizant of the specific nature of schools in a way that a company outside of the system may not be.
This service provides training on numerous health and safety issues, including emergency preparedness and response, violence prevention, chemical safety, air quality, green cleaning, infection control and more. The Health & Safety Training and Information Service acts as a liaison between districts and regulatory agencies, providing written compliance plans and guidance along with two separate websites for compliance assistance. Due to the fact that many regulations mandate specific training curriculum, staff development is also a major focus of the program.
Routine in-district training, along with special seminars and workshops, are offered throughout the year in the following areas:
–Regulatory Compliance & Written Plans
–Personal Protective Equipment
–Occupational Illness and Injury
–Integrated Pest Management
–Indoor Air Quality
–Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety
–Emergency Planning and SAVE Legislation
–Building Safety & RESCUE Regulations
In addition, this service helps school districts develop health and safety risk management programs. A professional staff works with districts to achieve and maintain compliance with ever-changing—and increasingly stringent—federal and state regulations. The service provides staff development and maintains a resource center that keeps members updated and makes relevant materials available and individualized to meet district needs. 56 Nassau County school districts currently participate in this service.
Another level of service can be obtained through an In-District Health & Safety Manager. This supervisor will work in-district from one to four days per week for more intense assistance with health and safety issues. 32 Nassau County school districts currently participate in this service.