Classroom Health & Safety Rules
Fort Bend & Harris County Fire Departments
No open flames except in science and shop classrooms as part of the curriculum.
Possession of candles, plug-in air fresheners, or potpourri is not allowed.
Door lights (glass in doors) should be free of visual obstructions. All door exits from room must be free of combustible material.
No combustible decorations are to be placed within 3 feet of classroom doors.
All exits from the room must be kept clear for egress.
The area within 18 inches of the ceiling is to be kept clear of decorations, storage, and other items; for schools without a fire sprinkler system, this clear-zone distance increases to 24 inches.
Do not hang any items from the ceiling or ceiling tiles. Do not install colored paper or anything else in the overhead light fixtures.
Flash-fire items (e.g. wood huts, live-cut Christmas trees, hay bales) must not be stored or used as decoration in the school.
Materials which may spontaneously combust (oiled fabric or shop rags, high intensity light fixtures, combustible liquids or combustible metals), if used, must be a legitimate part of a written curriculum. The safe handling, storage and disposal of the materials must be included in the written curriculum and those instructions followed.
Each teacher is responsible to learn the location of the nearest fire extinguisher and how to use the extinguisher. All electrical panel boxes must have a 3-foot clearance on all sides including above from any materials.
An evacuation plan indicating the primary and secondary emergency egress routes must be posted in every classroom or other child-occupied space (library, gym, cafeteria, theater, etc.). Severe weather sheltering location maps must also be posted.
Electrical equipment shall be turned off when not in use.
Extension cords must have a grounded plug (three prongs) be of heavy gauge and be used for temporary applications only.
When electrical power is needed in a classroom the cord should be:
a. be shorter than 7 feet,
b. have an in-line circuit breaker (as on surge protectors),
c. not be "daisy-chained" or plugged one into another.
Hallways, corridors, stairways, and vestibules must never be obstructed and should not be or used for any purpose other than ingress and egress.
Personal space heaters shall not be used.
Walls within the school facility must be 80% free of paper and other combustibles. No 3 dimensional combustible artwork or designs are allowed.
Chemical Safety Rules
Right to Know & Hazard Communications
Pesticides are not allowed to be used, stored or kept in the schools.
A hazardous chemical is a material which poses a hazard for fire, adverse health effect, or chemical reaction. The hazardous chemical may be a solid, liquid, or gas. The label will often have the terms, "caution, hazard, warning, or danger." The following are not included as hazardous: food or drink, wood or wood products, consumer cosmetics (commercial or salon cosmetics may be hazardous), articles (meaning manufactured items formed to a specific shape which has an end use dependent on the shape), or biological materials. These hazardous chemicals must be used and stored in accordance with the label and material safety data sheet.
Use only chemicals for which the District possesses a current Material Safety Data Sheet. Tell your department head if you are unable to locate hazardous materials using the YuckMan icon link.
All aerosol cans and other abusable volatile chemicals must be under lock and key when not in use by teacher. Non-aerosol and non-toxic materials are preferred. (Specific abusable volatile chemicals include items which contain organic solvents such as mineral spirits, toluene, or other petroleum based solvents).
Use and storage of rubber cement is prohibited. Use and storage of bleach is only allowable when the bleach is used in curriculum with written safe handling and storage procedures. Any other use of bleach is prohibited; use bleach alternative.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
EPA's Tools for Schools
Keep classrooms and work areas clean and dry. Report any signs of water intrusion immediately.
Keep all food areas, microwaves, and refrigerators, clean. Store food in sealed plastic or glass containers.
Limit fabric items in classrooms such as: upholstered furniture, pillows, stuffed animals, and mattresses.
Limit other fabrics to those associated with curriculum needs. If fabrics are necessary, wash them routinely and when soiled.
Personal rugs are prohibited.
Tell the custodian about any air vents that need to be cleaned. If the vent does not get cleaned or becomes dirty quickly after cleaning, report the situation to the campus safety liaison or individual responsible for maintenance work orders on campus.
Possession of candles, plug-in air fresheners, or potpourri is not allowed.
Follow chemical safety rules and do not use aerosols unless absolutely necessary.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Texas Department of Agriculture
Keep areas as clean and dry as possible and remove debris. Remove all clutter, cardboard boxes, and papers.
Limit food and beverage consumption to designated areas. Keep food preparation and service areas clean. Store food in sealed plastic or glass containers. Food consumption in instructional areas should be limited as much practical.
Keep lockers and desks free of food and beverages.
If indoor plants are kept, keep the plants healthy and not overwatered. Personal plants should be placed in waterproof containers. Plants are to be kept to a reasonable number per area and are to be neatly trimmed to a length no longer than 2 feet; the maintenance of personal plants is the responsibility of the employee. Dead plants shall be removed immediately.
Store animal foods in science laboratories and classrooms in tightly sealed plastic or metal containers. If animals are a necessity, cages/tanks must be cleaned regularly.
Report unclean trash receptacles to custodians.
Clean up and report spills immediately to prevent a water source for insects and safety hazards.
Report plumbing leaks promptly.
Note: lice are not considered a pest under IPM. Refer students with head lice to the school nurse immediately.
Katy ISD Police
Keep valuables and personal belongings under lock and key. Secure any personal medications including both prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Visibly wear your district photo I.D. at all times; prefer that the ID be worn in the center of the chest. ID should be worn when staff is at school sponsored events on or off District property and during or after school hours.
No self-defense sprays are allowed to be used within the school; secure any self-defense spray to prevent inadvertent student access.
Ensure all doors and windows are locked when exiting your room.
Review the District Emergency Response Guide, including tornado, hurricane, shelter-in-place procedures, etc.
Report any unsafe condition(s) or unsafe acts to your school safety liaison, principal or supervisor.
Log off or lock your PC when not in use.
Be aware of your surroundings and report anyone in the building who does not have a visible ID and/or whose behavior is suspicious. Report suspicious behavior, vehicles, items, or conditions outside the building to the front office immediately (for example anyone attempting to gain access by other than the front entrance).
Pick up loose items and clean up spills to reduce slip-trip-fall hazards.
Keep one hand free when walking on stairs; if you need to move heavy or bulky items up or down from the second floor use the elevator.
Desk drawers, cabinet doors, and file drawers should not be left open while unattended. Open only one drawer at a time.
Chairs, wastebaskets, electrical cords, rugs, and other articles should not be left where they will become tripping hazards.
Do not stand on chairs or desks. Obtain a step stool or ladder from the custodial staff.
Do not sit on the edge of a chair or tilt back while sitting in a chair. Do not sit on a student desk. Do not attempt to roll your chair across the room while in the chair.
Get assistance from someone when lifting heavy items, do not lift heavy objects by yourself.
Place heavy items on middle shelves or in middle drawers to avoid lifting above your shoulders or below your knees. Keep the heavy lifting load near your body's center of mass.
Wear and ensure your students wear eye protection whenever there is a risk of dust, flying debris, projectiles, hot liquids, or dirt or dust falling into your eyes or the eyes of your students.
Wear gloves when providing first aid or handling chemicals that may pose a skin-contact hazard. Wear protective aprons of lab coats in labs or other work areas in which chemical splashing is possible.
When teaching follow safe work practices and demonstrate those safe work practices for students. The written curriculum should include safety precautions and hazard minimization instructions.
Never use broken equipment, or any equipment which is missing safety features such as guards or dust collection bags. Report damaged equipment to the campus safety liaison immediately. Alter teaching schedules, if necessary, to allow use only when the equipment is in good working condition and all required safety equipment is available.
Report unsafe acts or unsafe conditions immediately to your campus safety liaison.
Report all work-related accidents to the school nurse and your campus safety liaison immediately.
REMEMBER: THINK SAFETY- PRACTICE SAFETY
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