December 18, 2018
Christopher King, Counselor, GW ES; Don Habel, Science CHO, HHS; Geoffrey Boeder, Science CHO, WJH; Jennifer Kopischke, Community Education, District; Julie Anderson, Student Nutrition, Ike ES; Julie Kaczmarek, Benefits / Workman’s Compensation Administrator, District; Karen Marx, Administrative Assistant, TG ES; Kevin Neuman, Assistant Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, District; Lauren O’Neill, EFCE Program, HH FC; Lynn Miller, Administrative Assistant, Ike ES; Mary Jo Martin, Licensed School Nurse, WJH; Renee Shakerin, Administrative Assistant, AS ES; Terry Sharratt, Special Education, MB ES; Tim Amlie, Technology Education Coordinator, HHS; Jeff Kuester, Manager Risk Control & Fleet Services, USI; Jeff Goldy, Health and Safety Coordinator, District (16)
Alan Thompson, Fine Arts Coordinator, District; Chelsea Ritland, Adult Options, District; Jake Waldman, Activities Department, HHS; Mark Parsley, Custodial Coordinator, District; Michelle Gomez, Science CHO, NJH; Patrick Poquette, Supervisor of Buildings Grounds, District; Paula Klinger, Union Representative, District; Sandra Rulec, Royal Cuisine, HHS; Toni Schwartz, Science Coordinator, District; Trenton Lawson, Associate Principal, HHS; Angie Nyamburi, Account Executive – Commercial Lines, USI; Lori Berdahl, Ergo & Loss Control Specialist, RAS (12)
Minutes by: Jeff Goldy, Health and Safety Coordinator
Agenda Item: Welcome and Introductions
Informed everyone that the previous meeting minutes were sent by email and posted on the website.
Agenda Item: Trends in Data
The committee reviewed the claims data and focused on the worst (listed first), second worst (listed second) and third worst (listed third). We now have data for the five previous years and the current school year:
Claims by Cause
Fall / Slip
Claims by Cost
Fall / Slip
Claims by Causal Factor
Fellow Worker, Patient or Other Person (Student)
On Ice or Snow
On Same Level
Also mentioned – Falling or Flying Object, Staff Injured by Combative Patient
Claims by Location
Alice Smith ES
Other locations mentioned – Eisenhower ES, North Junior High,
West Junior High
Claims by Department
Buildings and Grounds
Other departments mentioned – Paraprofessionals and Teachers, both in 2015 / 2016
An insurance number reflecting our risk of injury and impacting our coverage rates stayed below 1.00 throughout the 2017 / 2018 policy year. This is an excellent rate and very favorable compared to other school districts. Early this year, starting July 1, the rate hovered at just over 1.00. The forecast for the current rate is back to less than 1.00.
Distribute “Play It Safe” flyer from RAS. The goal is to increase awareness of the risk of injury when active with students and how to mitigate that risk. – Jeff Goldy & All
Agenda Item: Crisis Management
We have conducted four enhanced drills so far this school year. The theme this year is lockdown. Enhancements included locking down in place, identifying and locatiing the “intruder,” and locking down during passing time.
Jeff Goldy briefed the committee on the kinds of severe winter weather we experience in Minnesota, including definitions of / criteria for blizzards, winter storms, winter weather advisories, wind chill warnings, and wind chill advisories. The briefing included some informational pages on winter weather the local National Weather Service office publishes on its website.
Stay weather aware. – All
Agenda Item: Health and Safety Update
Pharmaceutical Waste Update
The district is receiving some help from the Golden Valley Police Department. We don’t have that help yet from Hopkins or Minnetonka. Health and Safety and School Nursing peer groups will lobby the state legislature for some help.
Influenza / Illness Update
Mary Jo Martin provided an update. We have not seen any outbreaks of illness yet this season. The flu vaccine is proving a good match so far. Preventive measures remain key. “Fighting the flu starts with you.”
Indoor Air Quality
Every year, our consultants take air quality measurements in all occupied spaces of the district. We prefer to do this in late November or December, during the heating season. We measure for
- Carbon Dioxide – >1200 ppm
- Carbon Monoxide – >5 ppm
- Relative Humidity – 30% to 60%
- Temperature – 68F to 75F
We inspect for issues / staining regarding
- Animals / Aquariums
Send flu flyer out with meeting minutes to the committee. – Jeff Goldy
Agenda Item: Safety Concerns
None raised. No action items.
Next meetings: February 19, 2019; April 16, 2019
At the Eisenhower Community Center
Jeff Goldy is always looking for agenda suggestions.