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Building Management Assistance Program

About Health and Safety

Metro ECSU's Health & Safety/Building Management Assistance Program provides on-site management assistance services to school districts by assisting districts in:

  • COVID-19 Response Information
  • Management and monitoring of air quality programs
  • Management and monitoring of hazard prevention programs for industrial arts shops and school lab settings
  • Performing annual courtesy Mock OSHA inspections
  • Monitoring to assure compliance to regulatory agencies
  • Offering training to comply with local, state and federal regulations on Chemical Hygiene and Unlicensed Electrical Training
  • Identifying concerns regarding MDE Safety Policy Letter and assist schools with project submittals for MDE approval
  • Representing districts when contesting OSHA citations
  • Providing updates on opportunities for Minnesota OSHA match funding programs
  • Providing update on actions involving legislation and fire code changes
  • Online training programs in a wide variety of health and safety related topics  through Coastal Training Technologies

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are generally held the first Thursday of each month from 9:00am to 11:30am at Metro ECSU, 2 Pine Tree Drive, Training Room (first floor), Arden Hills, MN 55112.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Nov 17, 2020, 11:30 AM - COVID Plans for Recreational Activities

Hear from Amy Larson, Risk and Litigation Manager for the City of Bloomington on their COVID plans for recreational activities. This session would be good for COVID coordinators, nurses, legal, risk managers, facilities, health and safety, activities directors and more.

Note: In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, monthly health and safety meetings will be held virtually. More information will be sent to members soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bianca Virnig at bianca.virnig@metroecsu.org

There will be time for questions in each session but feel free to send your questions in advance as well. I will compile and send them to our presenters. These sessions will be open to non members for a fee of $20 per person or $50 per district per session. If you are not a member of the Metro ECSU or the Metro ECSU Health and Safety program, please contact Angela Skrade to register. Angela.Skrade@metroecsu.org

These meetings provide updated information to assist districts and schools in dealing with health and safety issues and developing programs that assist in compliance with regulations and mandates as well as the protection of health and safety conditions and materials in a school environment. Meeting topics have included:

  • Employee Right to Know (ETRK)
  • OSHA Recordkeeping and First Reports of Injury
  • ADA Accessibility
  • Science Lab Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Hazardous Waste Assessments
  • Fire Code Updates
  • Electrical Code, ARC Flash, NFPA 70E
  • Fall Protection

Professional Development and Training

Metro ECSU aims to provide quality professional development and training for a variety of district staff. Registration for training can be done online by going to our Events Registration page (https://metroecsu.myquickreg.com/register/event/). Currently, the following courses have been scheduled at Metro ECSU.

February 10, 2021, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Chemical Hygiene Training (virtual invite sent upon registration) - Event Flyer

Additional Training Resources

Online Training

Metro ECSU, in partnership with Safe Schools, a world-wide leader in the production of work place safety training, offers a variety of internet-based training opportunities.

If you would like more information on the trainings offered please contact the staff below.

Contact Information

Bianca Virnig, Facilities and Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
612/638-1512, bianca.virnig@metroecsu.org

Angela Skrade, Program Coordinator
612/638-1528, angela.skrade@metroecsu.org

Resources


COVID-19 Response Information
List of guidance documents created to help schools as they look at ways to re-open in the future. 


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