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Safe Environment

          All school personnel-administrators, maintenance staff, instructors, and students will be obligated to contribute their individual effort in order to develop, insure, and maintain a safe environment.  Voluntary compliance is expected; however, the Safety Committee will serve in a supervisory capacity to assure continuity of performance and the continuation of a viable program.  The Safety Committee will determine who inspects, when to inspect, how to inspect, and will conduct a follow-up study to evaluate progress.


General Physical Condition

          It is the responsibility of the institution's maintenance personnel to supervise the upkeep of the school's building and grounds.  Their efforts are augmented by student workers and the maintenance performed by the instructors within the individual department.

          The institution's maintenance personnel will devote attention to the condition of stairways, passageways, aisles, floors, walls, windows, ceilings, proper illumination, ventilation, and temperature controls.

          The instructors will insure that their individual or departmental machines, benches, and other equipment are arranged to promote good safety habits.  Further, attention will be devoted to insure that fire extinguishers are the proper type, adequately supplied, and properly located and maintained.  Both the instructor and students are to be orientated as to the location of these fire extinguishers and to their proper use.

          In conjunction with fire considerations, exits are to be properly identified and of adequate number.  Evacuation procedures are to be posted in conspicuous places, regularly referred to for student instruction, and practiced on occasion.



          Housekeeping is an important aspect of the continued effect of maintaining a safe environment.  Hazards must be discovered and corrected through regular and frequent inspection if an optimum environment is to exist.  It is of primary consideration that personnel are kept free from accident, the property is kept safe, and that legal retribution not confront this institution or its staff.  Good housekeeping will largely contribute to the achievement of these goals.


          A complete list of housekeeping duties will be found in the National Standard School Shop Safety Inspection Check List; however, it is absolutely imperative that machines, tools, and materials be maintained in an orderly manner, and that instructor personnel be familiar with this document.  Flammable and dangerous materials are to be given highest caution.  They are to be properly stored, properly utilized, and properly identified to eradicate any chance of possible misuse.



          Equipment will be operated in accordance with standard operational techniques, and in accordance with school rules, maintained in a high state of readiness, and procedurally eliminated when no longer of safe and utilitarian value.

          Machines will be situated to minimize hazards from other equipment or passing personnel.  Danger zones will be properly indicated and moving parts will be protected by permanent enclosure.  Further, close supervision will be imposed on student operators, with no student permitted machine usage without an instructor in the immediate area, and all machine or equipment control switches must be readily accessible for the operator's emergency use.

          Again, attention will be given to machine maintenance, storage of component parts, and daily cleaning of the equipment.  Complete and continued instruction must also be maintained to assure machine safety.


Electrical and Gas Installation

          Utility installation is intended to be in compliance with applicable building codes.  Usage will comply with established safety rules, and regular inspection will attempt to alleviate undue hazard.  Electrical and gas usage items are of primary consideration.


Personal Protection and Instruction

          Personal protection must be afforded the highest priority in any safety consideration.  A carefree attitude will not be tolerated, but should be dispelled by the arousing of the student's interest in safety, by proper instruction, and by the enforcement of established shop or departmental safety rules and regulations.



          Each shop and department has developed and posted its individual safety rules.  These rules cover more than personal protection, but as a guide, include the following considerations:

          1.      No one will be allowed to perform any activity in the shop or department unless an instructor is present.

          2.      Students other than scheduled class members desiring to work in a shop or department must secure permission from the instructor in charge.

          3.      Students will not be allowed to use tools, equipment, or supplies without prior instruction and proper authorization.  (Students absent during instruction and demonstration periods must obtain proper instructions before performing that activity).

          4.      Any injuries sustained during instructional time must be reported immediately to the instructor in charge.

          5.      Damages to tools and/or equipment must be reported to the instructor as soon as possible.

          6.      Shop attire that must be used while performing instructional activities include:

                   a.       Tucked-in shirt with short or rolled sleeves.

                   b.       Long pants.

                   c.       Leather shoes.

                   d.       Approved safety glasses or goggles.

                   e.       Cap, band, or net to confine long hair.

          7.      Individual responsibility by the student must be assumed for the following:

                   a.       Keeping work area clean and in order.

                   b.       Replacing tools and equipment in designated storage area.

                   c.       Returning fuel, oil, and solvent containers to storage area.

                   d.       Replacing manuals on shelves.

                   e.       Placing soiled rags in proper containers.

                   f.       Storing project and unfinished work properly.

                   g.       Disposing of unwanted fuel, oils, paints, and solvents in drain cans.

                   h.       Removing unsafe clothing or jewelry while performing instructional activities.

                   i.       Reporting any unsafe conditions existing in the area.

It is the responsibility of the student to know and practice these safety requirements.

          The instructor is responsible for teaching safety, for posting safety rules, and for determining that these rules are given allegiance.

          Safety posters, lectures, tours of industrial plants, and audio-visual aids are only a few of the resources available for the enhancement of the safety instructional program.


First Aid

          First aid is the immediate and temporary care given to a person who has been injured or has suddenly taken ill.  It includes self-help and shop care if medical assistance is not available or is delayed.  It includes well-selected words of encouragement, evidence of willingness to help, and promotion of confidence by demonstration of competence.

          As published by the American National Red Cross:  "First aid begins with action, which in itself has a calming effect.  If there are multiple injuries or if several persons are hurt, priorities must be set.  Enlist the help of bystanders to make telephone calls, to direct traffic, to keep others at a distance if necessary, and perform similar duties...provide life support to victims with life-threatening injuries, then care for those with less critical injuries.  Telephone or have someone else telephone the appropriate authorities regarding an accident...The circumstances surrounding the accident should be a guide as to whom to call.  Always have a list of emergency numbers available; if the numbers are not readily available, ask the telephone operator for assistance.  Describe the problem; indicate what is being done, and request the assistance needed, such as an ambulance, the fire department, the rescue squad, or utility company personnel.  Give your name, the location of the accident, the number of persons involved, and the telephone number where you can be reached.  Do not hang up the receiver until after the other party hangs up because he or she may wish to clarify some information."

          First aid kits are readily available throughout the institution.  These kits are to be kept in a high state of readiness, and a qualified individual for the administering of first aid is to be available.


Accident Records

          In the event of an accident, whereby an individual is injured, it is the responsibility of the instructor concerned to submit an Accident/Injury Report Form.  The accident report form is so designed that proper procedure is outlined for the treatment of serious injury.  The Accident/Injury Report Form is of further value, in that accidents will be necessarily reported to the proper administrative authority, and written record will be available for statistical studies.  Accident forms are available in the bookstore.


Emergency Health and Safety Procedures

          Safety is a primary concern of H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College. In the case of a student accident or sickness that requires emergency assistance, the college faculty member or staff member responsible for the activity or, if that individual is not immediately available, a faculty or staff member in the area, shall:

1.  Call 911 and give appropriate information.


2. Notify the administrative office of the accident or sickness.


3. Keep other students or persons away from the injured person and do not

administer any internal medicine.


4. Control the situation to avoid student exposure to a dangerous situation.


5.  Remain with the victim until qualified emergency technicians arrive and take control of the situation.


6. Fill out accident/injury report within 24 hours. Turn original in to Student Services and make a copy for your files.


7. The accident/injury report is then forwarded to the Campus Safety Coordinator for investigation of accident.


Fire Escape Routes and Severe Weather Procedures

          Due to the layout of the H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College campuses and the separation of buildings housing the various programs, it is necessary to have a Fire Escape Route and a Severe Weather Cover Procedure for each building.  Each classroom and shop area will have the Fire Escape Route posted on the bulletin board or other   conspicuous place in clear view.  These posted procedures also indicate phone numbers of secure phones, Trenholm Campus, and the proper bell or alarm signals, Patterson Campus, for notification of fire or severe weather.

          Regular drills will be carried out in order to keep everyone in all areas of the campus familiar with the proper procedures to follow in case of a fire or severe weather outbreak.  Administrative Personnel will monitor all drills to ascertain critical timing and that correct procedures are followed.  Log sheets will be kept indicating time and date of fire drills and severe weather practice drills.  All drills will be unannounced except for certain Administrative Personnel.

          See Severe Weather Procedures - Section VIII - Page 6 of this Handbook


Fire Escape Procedure

          In the event of necessary evacuation, all personnel will have received prior and thorough instructions in fire escape procedures.  If an UNCONTROLLABLE FIRE should occur, personnel will be alerted by designated personnel, Trenholm Campus, and a long steady sounding of the school's evacuation buzzer, Patterson Campus, and the following procedures will be followed:

          1.      Secure all machines in operation.

          2.      Make no attempt to extinguish the fire - GET OUT!

          3.      Move to appropriate exit as designated by wall charts located in all institutional spaces.

          4.      Do not run, push, or panic.

          5.      Proceed to area designated by arrows on wall charts.

          6.      Be cautious of vehicular traffic.

          7.      Immediately report missing individuals to your instructor.

          8.      Do not reenter the structure until so authorized.

          9.      Remain with your class at all times.

          10.    Do not in any way hinder the efforts of the Fire Department.


Fire Escape Plan

          A copy of the fire escape plan is posted in all departments.  It is the responsibility of the individual instructor to perform specific duties as follows:

          1.      Insure that all students are instructed in fire escape procedures.

          2.      Insure that all students are safely out of the structure.

          3.      Secure all windows and doors in the assigned instructional area.

          4.      Insure that all machines are secured.

          5.      Account for all students and restrict them to assigned areas until further instructed.

          6.      Ascertain that the students do not obstruct fire-fighting efforts of the Fire Department.

          Immediately report departmental fires to the administrative office (Dial 0), to facilitate prompt notification of the Fire Department.  The telephone number of the Montgomery Fire Department:  Dial 9 - 911.


Severe Weather Procedures

          Upon notification of severe weather from the National Weather Service, personnel will be alerted by security phones, Trenholm Campus, and a long steady ringing of the schools bell, Patterson Campus.  The following procedures will be followed:

          1.      Proceed to area designated on wall charts located in all institutional spaces.

          2.      Do not run, push, or panic.

          3.      Do not leave designated area until "ALL CLEAR" is given.  (Three (3) five second rings of the school bell with pauses between and a verbal call of "All Clear").

          4.      Instructors should remain with your class at all times.

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