Health and Safety Service
SDS sheets: To access SDS sheets for BOCES locations, visit the link www.msdsonline.com and log in using the username Herkimer BOCES and the password Herkimer BOCES. Please note that there is a space between Herkimer and BOCES in both the username and password.
Safety drills: To download a letter to parents and guardians on safety drills, click here.
Pesticide notice: To download a Feb. 1, 2017, pesticide notice, click here.
About the Health and Safety Service:
The Health and Safety Service provides information, leadership, training and technical support to assist component school districts with the implementation of a comprehensive safety program, and to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal regulations. The goal is to promote the safety and well-being of school district students and staff in an efficient, cost-effective manner with staff development as a major focus. Services are organized into six areas:
Staff Training: Most school safety regulations require employee orientation and training. The Health and Safety Service provides in-district employee training, such as Right-To-Know, Bloodborne Pathogens and Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), in compliance with regulatory requirements. Specialized training is provided as needed, encompassing physical health and safety (AED/CPR, Safe Lifting, etc.), emotional well-being (school climate, bully-prevention) and crisis preparedness and response.
Written Compliance Programs: In response to various agency mandates, our staff assists school districts with the development, implementation and review of written programs to comply with state and federal regulations, as well as school district policies and procedures. Examples include district and building safety plans required by SAVE Legislation and OSHA Hazard Communication and Confined Spaces Standards.
Records Development: Our staff provides assistance with recordkeeping and documentation of compliance efforts such as the Toxic Substance Inventory, Material Safety Data Sheets, Employee-Exposure Records, Illness/Injury Log, Fire Inspection Records and Hepatitis B Vaccination Records.
Facilities Inspections and Audits: Asbestos inspections (AHERA Triennial) and NYS code certified fire inspections are conducted. Our staff is also available to provide room-to-room facilities audits prior to a routine government inspection. Recommendations are offered to assist the district in creating a safer working environment to reduce the potential for accidents and/or injuries.
Liaison and Consultation: Our service functions as a liaison between school districts and regulatory agencies, law enforcement and local governments. During school or community crises, the service acts as an agent for the schools.
Cooperative Services: In some instances, the Health and Safety Service may not have the capacity to fill every district need. In these cases, cooperative services and purchasing will be utilized where possible to reduce costs.