The Asbestos Emergency Hazard Response Act (AHERA) of 1986 required that schools be inspected for asbestos and that management plans be developed and implemented for each school. As required by AHERA, re-inspections are conducted every six months. An in-depth, three-year re-inspection is conducted at each site. Inspection results are available at each site and the George Washington Carver Education Leadership Center.
Custodians and maintenance personnel receive training to make certain that asbestos-containing materials remain in good condition until their eventual removal from buildings. Designated Facilities personnel are receiving annual instruction and testing to keep up with the latest in asbestos regulations, research, and maintenance. They are licensed by the Maryland Department of the Environment to inspect, remove, repair and manage asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
Coaches of hard contact sports, nurses, nursing students, bus drivers, head custodians, and other designated employees who handle blood and blood product waste receive training in Bloodborne Pathogens. These employees are protected by engineering controls, personal protective equipment, vaccination, and administrative procedures. The program follows State and Federal guidelines and provides medical evaluation for those employees who encounter contamination from a contaminated sharp, Class One Exposure.
Emergency Preparedness Procedures for Utility Related Emergencies
Cecil County Public School, in cooperation with the Maryland State Department of Education, has developed plans for utility-related emergencies. Utility system emergencies are defined as follows:
- Electrical system emergencies are caused by power outage.
- Water system emergencies are a result of (a) boiler breakdown or malfunction or (b) water main, line break and/or pumps or valve failure or hot water overheating.
- Gas system emergencies are the result of a line leakage or break.
- Fuel oil, propane or natural gas emergencies which result from a link, pump or valve failure.
Each facility in the Cecil County Public Schools is represented by its own emergency plan, which includes a floor plan, indicating the location of the shut-off valves and switches. Facilities personnel are contacted by the school as needed to assist with coordination of restoration of the facility.
Hazardous chemicals are those which pose either a physical or health hazard. Cecil County Public Schools makes every effort to use chemicals that are not harsh or harmful. All chemical spills are reported to the Safety Officer. No employee may bring any chemical on-site without a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Employees may bring chemicals in the form of personal hygiene, cosmetics, and medicines without a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). No employee may share such chemicals as discussed in the above paragraph with students or other staff.
Indoor Air Quality
Cecil County Public Schools has an award-winning Indoor Air Quality Program. In 2005, CCSP was one of six school systems in the United States awarded the "IAQ Excellence Award". The program is based on suitable ventilation, air conditioning, elimination of condensation on cold pipes, pipe leaks and water intrusion from the outside. The control of water in the school environment ensures that mold does not have an opportunity to grow in this environment. The program includes training of maintenance and administrative employees, specific temperature controls, use of equipment to detect Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, temperature, and relative humidity, and a response system to investigate and correct complaints.
Questions? Contact Andrew Curran, Assistant in Facilities for Safety @410-287-4653