Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Salt Lake City School District: Streamlining School Safety Management

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

Prior to 2016, consistently managing on-site state and federally required staff training at Utah’s Salt Lake City School District was a hefty order. The district’s 41 schools span the entire city limits – approximately 109 square miles – and the time and effort it took to ensure all requirements were met often resulted in inefficiency […]

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Monday, December 19th, 2016

EmployeeSafe Wins…Again!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

Earlier this month, District Administration announced the winners of the 2016 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Awards. Because of YOUR nominations, the EmployeeSafe Suite has won its EIGHTH Top Product distinction and the StudentWatch Suite received an Honorable Mention! Both were featured in the December ’16 issue of District Administration. To browse the entire list […]

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

Customer Highlight – Adams County School District #14

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

When Linda Shamlin became the Interim Chief Human Resources Officer at Adams County School District #14 in Commerce City, CO this past September, she brought with her changes to how the school district would handle employee safety. She implemented PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite, the automated risk management system she had used at her prior district. “At […]

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Customer Highlight: Belle Plaine Unified School District 357

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Compliance, Courses, MSDS, Workers' Comp

Belle Plaine Unified School District (USD) 357 in Belle Plaine, KS, implemented WORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite in the fall of 2012. The additional risk management support was a welcome resource since administrators throughout the district wore so many hats. One of the district’s top needs was deploying required safety training and ensuring employee completion of these […]

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Introducing our NEW & IMPROVED Online SDS Education Binder

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, MSDS

On March 16th, PublicSchoolWORKS launched our new SDS Education Binder, an online database of SDSs commonly used by schools. The EduBinder provides an enhanced, streamlined search lookup function making it easier for staff to find SDSs for the chemicals they use. Additionally, PSW customers continue to have access to the additional 4.5 million SDSs within […]

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

When It Comes to School Safety, Physical Security Isn’t Enough

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Compliance, Crisis Response, MSDS, OSHA, Programs, Workers' Comp

When policymakers refer to “school safety” in funding initiatives, it often references promoting physical security initiatives, such as security cameras, metal detectors, and door locking systems. While device-based approaches can enhance security efforts, some are most useful to delay but not necessarily prevent violent events, and others help to provide additional details – like a […]

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Industry News: PSW Sweeps Education and Customer Service Awards

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Compliance, MSDS, OSHA, Programs, Workers' Comp

Every year, District Administration asks readers to nominate the products that positively impact their school environment for the Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Awards. Thanks to YOUR nominations, the EmployeeSafe Suite was selected as a Top 100 Product!

This is the fifth consecutive year the EmployeeSafe Suite has won this award, and the sixth such award PSW has earned, further emphasizing the PublicSchoolWORKS goal to completely serve our customers’ needs to reduce their time spent administering safety programs, while improving the efficiencies and effectiveness of their programs. Thank you for your continued support – it is GREATLY appreciated!

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Compliance Reminder: GHS Requirement Deadline is Approaching!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, MSDS, OSHA

Reminder regarding the GHS requirement: OSHA requires that by December 1, 2013, all appropriate staff nationwide must be trained on how to read and understand the new standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and the new label elements. In addition, they need to be aware of the district’s Hazard Communication Plan and where to access SDSs. To provide a comprehensive solution, PSW helps districts update their Hazard Communication Plan, and addresses the new requirements utilizing its Hazard Communication course, Getting a MSDS course and MSDS Now! – Bronze System. The combination of these components will help districts meet the regulation without any extra effort.

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Safety Thought: A New School Year Means a New Start

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, MSDS, OSHA, Workers' Comp

As students and teachers come back to school, the start of the new year comes with ongoing and increased responsibilities, including staff safety training, safety tasks and more. Start the year off right by letting PublicSchoolWORKS manage these things for you.

PublicSchoolWORKS helps districts manage a wide variety of school safety concerns, including:

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Product Highlight: MSDS Now! – Silver

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: MSDS

Schools are required to provide ample access to Material Safety Data Sheet ((M)SDS) information for chemicals brought into a school. Having this information readily accessible is necessary for day-to-day use of chemicals and is essential in the case of a chemical spill.

As any administrator can attest to, compiling this information and ensuring that staff is trained to effectively use them is a difficult task. Mesa Public Schools (MPS) in Mesa, AZ, felt the burden of meeting this requirement and was looking for a solution that would manage these compliance-related tasks. MPS began the process by implementing an online (M)SDS provider, but found that progressing to a functional state of use was not as timely as the district needed.

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Customer Highlight: Taking the “Knot in My Stomach” Worries Out of Compliance with Montgomery County Educational Service Center

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, MSDS, OSHA, Workers' Comp

As Montgomery County Educational Service Center’s Director of Human Resources, Beverly Broestl oversees the acquisition of new employees, staff training, teacher licensure, as well as the health and safety the Center’s 330 employees. In addition to all of these responsibilities, Broestl also has to ensure that all of her schools are in compliance with the numerous Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. The required annual reporting associated with OSHA alone could take weeks to compile.

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