807: Health and Safety

Policy reflects Minnesota statute and aligns with other District 270 policies.


It is the policy of Hopkins Area Schools to provide a safe and healthy environment for its staff and students. Safety and health protection will be an integral part of all operations.


A. The District will establish a Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) program with the following goals:

1. Promote employee involvement in safety and health;

2. Reduce the number of lost time injuries at each school’ and

3. Comply with occupational health and safety regulations.

B. The District will implement a Health and Safety Program that includes plans and procedures to protect employees, students and visitors. Planning will include a one-year budget and second year forecast included in Long-Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM) planning and budgeting. The objectives of the Health and Safety Program will be to:

1. Assign responsibilities for implementing and maintaining the program;

2. Establish joint a labor / management safety committees;

3. Establish procedures for identifying, analyzing, and controlling hazards;

4. Establish procedures for communicating hazards and controls to employees;

5. Where required by law, regulation or best practice, establish periodic health and safety inspections;

6. Establish procedures for investigating accidents and near misses to prevent reoccurrence;

7. Establish procedures for training employees on safe work practices;

8. Establish procedures for enforcement of workplace safety rules; and

9. Establish procedures for maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.

C. The District will develop a Crisis Management Plan in consultation with local emergency response agencies that addresses prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from a crisis. The Crisis Management Plan and accompanying program are governed by policy, District Code: 806 Crisis Management Plan.


Adopted: May 2012
Revised: September 26, 2013, March 4, 2021
Reviewed: April 3, 2018