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 […]


Monday, March 27th, 2017

America’s Schools Don’t Make the Grade

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

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a “report card” that assesses the physical condition and needed investments for America’s infrastructure. This year, the report gave America’s schools a D+. The report found that 53% of schools need repairs, renovations and modernizations to reach what the ASCE considers “good” condition. In addition to increasing […]


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 […]


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A Cautionary Tale: Abiding by OSHA Mandates

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

OSHA creates mandates for staff training, facility inspections, and safety tasks for good reason and should thus be taken seriously. If districts do not address and meet these mandates, staff and students could get hurt, which exposes the district to greater liability and possible litigation. A school custodian from Dearborn Heights, MI, pursued legal action […]


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 […]


Friday, February 12th, 2016

Safety Considerations for Winter Weather Conditions

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

Just because winter weather often comes with ice, it doesn’t have to come with employee injuries. There are a couple of preventive and reactive actions you should consider to taking to minimize risk: Train staff immediately before the time period when most incidents are likely to occur Train staff involved in incidents immediately after to […]


Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Customer Highlight: Wayzata Public Schools

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Operations, OSHA, Student Well-Being

Wayzata Public Schools in Wayzata, MN is expanding to keep up with the ever-increasing student population in the area. The district was approved to build another elementary school and put an addition on the high school. Once completed, Wayzata High School will be the largest high school in the state. With the growing number of […]


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 […]


Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

HOT, HOT HEAT: Summer Heat Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, OSHA

Summer brings different types of excitement like vacations and no homework for students. However, summer is also the time for seasonal jobs for employees and sports team try-outs for students, much of which occur outside in the heat. The heat combined with the hard labor of jobs or the high intensity of some sports can […]


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!


Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Product Highlight: OSHA 300 Reporting System

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, OSHA

Attention all OSHA states: Completed OSHA 300 Reports are due!

Make this tedious and time-consuming process easier and more efficient with our OSHA 300 Reporting System. This online system keeps districts in compliance with all appropriate state and federal reporting requirements, and includes both automated and manual tools. The OSHA 300 AutoComplete tool is integrated with the EmployeeSafe Suite Accident Management System, allowing it to pull any reportable accidents for the OSHA Reports immediately. OSHA 300 AutoComplete’s processing mechanism ensures that only reportable accidents are documented, saving administrators time in creating the reports. The OSHA 300 ManualComplete is useful for districts that started using the OSHA 300 Reporting System mid-year. This manual entry tool seamlessly integrates data with the AutoComplete tool.


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.


Monday, September 16th, 2013

Customer Highlight: Forest Hills goes Self-Insured with PublicSchoolWORKS

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

Choosing between using an insurance provider or being self-insured was one of the big decisions Forest Hills School District (FHSD) in Cincinnati, OH, was considering in 2010. While deciding to go self-insured can be a scary endeavor for school administrators, using an effective safety management system provides a safety net. FHSD was looking to save money by going self-insured, but needed the safety net of to ensure their entire safety program was being implemented, managed and sustained, and they did so with PublicSchoolWORKS.


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:


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.


Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Customer Spotlight: Using Technology to “Green” Galion City School District Processes

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

Technology has definitely impacted education. Not only is technology being used to increase student interaction in the classroom, it is being used to decrease paper and ink usage in districts. This not only lowers district spending, but it creates a more eco-friendly approach to district operations.

Galion City School District in Galion, OH has decreased its printing costs and impact on the environment by moving away from traditional communication methods. Instead of sending important documents home with students, parents can access digital versions on the district’s website. Galion has further perpetuated its “green” initiative by switching from traditional paper record-keeping to using PublicSchoolWORKS’ web-based system for addressing staff and student safety initiatives.