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.

“Compliance was always on my mind,” said Broestl. “We constantly worried about an OSHA visit. We were nervous that they would find something that we missed.”

To ensure complete compliance with the many OSHA requirements, the Center implemented PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite to help automate the tracking, management and completion of compliance tasks, staff accident reporting and staff training.

Instead of trying to keep up with the daunting task of managing MSDS binders, , employees call to talk to chemical specialists or they print MSD sheets straight from EmployeeSafe’s MSDS Now! online system. In addition, from a training perspective, Broestl and supervisors automatically receive reports letting them know who has not completed their assigned training. And, to help reduce worker’s compensation claims, the system auto-notifies key staff to complete safety tasks and the resulting data helps to implement programs to effectively prevent further injuries and claims.

Using EmployeeSafe, the Center was able to streamline safety, risk management, human resources and other administrative processes, saving valuable time and money.

“PublicSchoolWORKS takes away the knot in your stomach,” said Broestl. “It takes away that worry, day and night, that I am forgetting something. It is peace of mind.”

To learn more about how your district can use the EmployeeSafe Suite to streamline human resources, email

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