Are we required to notify parents and athletes about concussions?

Yes, in January of 2012, Assembly Bill 25 added section 49475 to California Education Code.  This new section requires that head injury information be provided to the guardian and athlete annually.  Both the parent/guardian and the athlete need to sign-off on the information sheet and return it to the school site. 49475. (a) If a Read more about Are we required to notify parents and athletes about concussions?[…]

What are the 5 elements of an idependent employee act for purposes of OSHA?

There are 5 elements which must be proven under the theory of Independent Employee Act, they are: The employee is experienced in the job. The employer has a well-developed safety program which includes safety training.  The training must focus on the employee-in-question’s job. The employer must enforce its safety program. The employer must enforce/discipline employees Read more about What are the 5 elements of an idependent employee act for purposes of OSHA?[…]

When is decorative art a hazard?

There have been a few updates to the decorative art standards and requirements since we originally published this article.  I wanted to take a moment and update our post so you can get your classrooms in order. Art is still beautiful and it is meant to be hung on walls.  Hanging too much art on Read more about When is decorative art a hazard?[…]

Do I need to post my OSHA Summary?

The Scenario of the Missing OSHA Summary So, you forgot to report a serious injury and now Cal-OSHA is crawling around your facility. Let’s face it, nobody wants to injure employees or fellow co-workers.  Organizations should provide a safe working environment.  That being said, it is much better to use funds to pay to abate Read more about Do I need to post my OSHA Summary?[…]

Do we have to care for animals on school campuses?

Yes, you must care for animals that are classroom pets.  The big problem here is not the day-to-day maintenance of the animal while school is in session, but those times when everyone is on break.  When that happens we tend to run into problems with the animal care:  feeding, warmth and our own difficulties driving Read more about Do we have to care for animals on school campuses?[…]

Can our school be used for religious purposes?

Many people understand that there is a separation of church and State, however what most people don’t understand is that this separation has certain exceptions.  If you are trying to manage risk in your school and you are asked if you can allow rental of your facilities to a church to hold services, you may Read more about Can our school be used for religious purposes?[…]

What is the Civic Center Act?

The Civic Center Act is codified in California Education Code 38130. The spirit of the law was to ensure that structures and facilities built with public dollars were allowed to benefit the public for other purposes beyond just schooling.  If you have heard of facility use agreements, this piece of Code is the basis for Read more about What is the Civic Center Act?[…]

Can I enroll a volunteer in the EPN program in California?

This is a tough one because it often depends on the CHP officer or DMV analyst that you speak to. Some will tell you that you cannot and others will say you can.   The reality is that just because a person is a volunteer driver, does not mean that their free labor reduces your Read more about Can I enroll a volunteer in the EPN program in California?[…]