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Scope and Services

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests are our top two objectives. The process of learning can only take place in a safe environment.

With safety a Number One concern, plans and procedures are in place for incidents such as sickness, accidents, or emergency healthcare needs. Beginning with the first day of class, the instructor addresses with the students examples of emergency situations and the proper way to recognize and report them. In addition, as part of the instructors’ continuing education, emergency plans are reviewed.

Budgetary Resources

Because we are a tech school, and our faculty employs an EMS/EMT services instructor and several nurses who have BSN degrees, including one is also a paramedic, no budgetary resources are needed for this plan.

Major Activities

  • Each student is given an enrollment packet which requires an Emergency Contact Form to be filled out and returned to the postsecondary secretary. The secretary then inputs the data into IGrades which can be attained in the case of an emergency.
  • During orientation, the student handbook is reviewed with the students by administration, and again by the instructors after they break into their classrooms.
  • FERPA laws are discussed and enforced.

Major Publications

All plans, include the Health and Safety of Students in Case of Sickness, Accidents, or Emergency Healthcare Needs, are posted on the website.

Evaluations of the Plan

Plans are evaluated by the faculty and approved by the Administrative Council.

Each month the school safety committee reviews all accident reports and completes a checklist to ensure that the current procedures are effective. The committee recommends changes, if deemed essential, and presents them to the faculty for review. It is at that time that revisions, if needed, are made.

Revised safety procedures are presented to the faculty at each year’s orientation, and teachers include the revised safety rules during their orientation with students at the opening of school.

To ensure safety, inspections are conducted by outside sources to give an unbiased evaluation and assignment of needed changes. This list includes but is not limited to:

  • BRIM (Bureau of Risk Management)
  • Fire Marshal
  • Health Inspector (food services)
  • School Safety Committee
  • Fire Equipment
  • Health Department (Child Care Facility)
  • State of West Virginia (Back flow)
  • Fire Alarm
  • School Custodians (Daily Checklist)
  • School Maintenance Custodian (Daily Observation)

For each program, students are trained on each piece of equipment and the safety of program’s equipment. Any tool or piece of equipment deemed unsafe is tagged and locked up. Any procedure not safe is changed. In conclusion, safety is not an option; it is a continuous process within the school. It begins day one, lesson one, and continues all year.

Reporting and Investigating Accidents/Incidents

Overview

An accident* or incident* is an unplanned occurrence that resulted or could have resulted in injury to people or damage to property, equipment, or the environment.

*Accident – Any unplanned event that results in personal injury or damage to property, equipment, or environment.

*Incident – An unplanned event that does not cause any injury or damage but could have done so.

This document describes the procedure when a student, employee, or visitor is injured or property is damaged. James Rumsey Technical Institute must obtain the best information as soon as possible in the event of an accident or incident that has happened.

This procedure must be initiated immediately following an accident or incident that may have caused an injury. The accident form must be completed by the person responsible for risk management.

Purpose

The purpose of the accident and incident investigation process is to:

  1. Document the facts and methods of the investigation.
  2. Identify loss trends and effectiveness of current safety programs, and
  3. Prevent similar accidents or incidents.

James Rumsey Technical Institute must follow-up on each accident or potential accident to ensure:

  1. It was reported properly,
  2. Injured person(s) received proper first aid, and
  3. Unsafe conditions are quickly corrected, or state why possible solutions were delayed.

Documentation

Documentation created during the investigation process, i.e., accident report, photographs, witnesses, or work orders for repairs, produce a permanent record for future use by James Rumsey Technical Institute

Instructor Roles and Responsibilities

The person responsible for the student at the time of the accident must register the incident and assure all documentation is filled out entirely and correctly.

  • Evaluate the accident/injury/illness scene.
  • Direct any unaffected persons to a safer and secure area.
  • Call 911 and advise of situation, type of injury, or illness.
  • Notify the front office. Emergency medical responders are notified and report to the area of the emergency.
  • Assess severity of injury or illness; render first aid if qualified to do so.
  • Use universal precautions if handling bodily fluids.
  • Assist emergency medical responders.
  • If the scene is not safe, i.e. electrocution, downed wires, etc., wait for Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Maintain classroom control and class roster information.
  • Do not move injured/ill person(s) unless there is a threat or imminent danger.
  • If the medical emergency involves a staff member, the incident commander assigns someone to take control of the staff member’s classroom.
  • File incident report and make appropriate notifications.

The previous items are reviewed at the beginning of each year during in-service/continuing education sessions. Any changes or improvements by administration, state, or federal authorities are noted and discussed. Faculty feedback and discussion of previous years’ experiences also take place during this time.

When an emergency arises, the following people will be notified:

  1. Administration
  2. Fire Science Instructor (NREMT – Basic)
  3. Therapeutic Services Instructor (NREMT – Paramedic)

Sickness (Teacher/Staff Responsibility)

In the event of a student becoming ill:

  1. The student reports to the instructor.
  2. The instructor contacts a member the front office who then contacts the appropriate team member.
  3. The team member responds, evaluates, and determines the appropriate treatment for the student.

Accident (Teacher/Staff Responsibility)

In the event of an accident, the following list is used as a guide for responding:

  1. Evaluate the accident scene
  2. Direct those individuals not involved to a safe, secure area.
  3. Notify the front office, who then contacts the team members.
  4. Assess and render first aid if qualified.
  5. Do not move injured person(s) unless there is a threat of immediate danger.
  6. Team members provide care until EMS or transportation for the injured person arrives.
  7. The injured student’s instructor (or the immediate supervisor) completes the Accident Report Form.

Copies are placed with the instructor and the administrator

Emergency Healthcare Needs (Teacher/Staff Responsibility)

In the event of an Emergency Healthcare Need, the following is a guide for responding:

  1. Evaluate the scene.
  2. Direct those individuals not involved to a safe area.
  3. Notify the front office who will then activate the team members.
  4. Office will call 911 and initiate a LOCKDOWN.
  5. Emergency team members, along with administrative staff, will isolate the parties involved and make treatment decisions based on the current situation.
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