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Safety and Security

Safety and SecuritySafety and security of school staff and students can be threatened by safety hazards in the school facility and playgrounds. Planning for emergency preparedness can help reduce the impact of fire, natural disasters, violence and vandalism, and terrorism. PEOSH regulations are designed to control a wide variety of safety hazards.

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Parents and Students

The Safe Schools Manual is a manual of self-inspection checklists covering environmental, health and safety regulations for New Jersey public schools.  The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) developed it with support by the New Jersey Department of Education. Volume II contains 79 checklists ranging from recordkeeping to welding.

Multihazard Emergency Planning for Schools, Tool Kit for Schools, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA recommends the following actions for all school officials: 1) Identify hazards likely to happen to your schools; 2) Mitigate against the hazards; 3) Develop a response plan, including evacuation route; 4) Plan for coping after a disaster; and 5) Implement drills and family education.

New Jersey School Security

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School Staff

The Safe Schools Manual is a manual of self-inspection checklists covering environmental, health and safety regulations for New Jersey public schools.  The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) developed it with support by the New Jersey Department of Education. Volume II contains 79 checklists ranging from recordkeeping to welding. The complete manual can be purchased for $75.00 or downloaded piece by piece.

Multihazard Emergency Planning for Schools, Tool Kit for Schools, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA recommends the following actions for all school officials: 1) Identify hazards likely to happen to your schools; 2) Mitigate against the hazards; 3) Develop a response plan, including evacuation route; 4) Plan for coping after a disaster; and 5) Implement drills and family education.

School Nurse Role in Bioterrorism Emergency Preparedness and Response. Position Statement. Revised.

New Jersey School Security

DOH School Crossing Guards Topic Page

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School Administrators

The Safe Schools Manual is a manual of self-inspection checklists covering environmental, health and safety regulations for New Jersey public schools.  The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) developed it with support by the New Jersey Department of Education. Volume II contains 79 checklists ranging from recordkeeping to welding. The complete manual can be purchased for $75.00 or downloaded piece by piece.

A Guide for Development of a District-wide School Safety Plan, NJ Department of Education, November 2001. Provide NJ schools with tools for addressing school safety in a comprehensive manner.

Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools [Online Study Course]. Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2004. This on-line, independent study course will help educators and first responders develop effective emergency operations plans for the wide array of potential emergencies that schools face.

New Jersey School Security

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Architects and Engineers

NIOSH Guidance for Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Attacks, 2002. Identifies actions that a building owner or manager can implement without undue delay to enhance occupant protection from an airborne chemical, biological, or radiological attack.

NIOSH Filtration and Air Cleaning Systems to Protect Building Environments, 2003. Provides preventive measures that building owners and managers can implement to protect building air environments from a terrorist release of chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants.

New Jersey School Security

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Other Resources

  1. Bio-terrorism
    1. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Resource List on School Preparedness for Terrorism
    2. NIOSH Topic Page on Emergency Response Resources
    3. OSHA Topic Page on Bioterrorism
  2. Emergency preparedness
    1. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Resource List on Disaster Preparedness and Response.
    2. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Resource List on Fire Safety
    3. OSHA Topic Page on Emergency Preparedness
    4. Can your District Deal with a Chemical Emergency? 2008, NJEA
  3. Playgrounds
    1. EPA Home Page on Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) -Treated Wood
    2. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Resource List on Playgrounds
    3. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publications on playground safety
  4. Security
    1. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Resource List on Safety and Security
  5. Safe Routes to School
    1. Crossing Guards, Be Seen, Be Safe, DOH, 2007
    2. National Center for Safe Routes to School
    3. NJ Dept. of Transportation, Safe Routes to School

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