• Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial
    Health and Safety Annual Notification 2015-2016
     
    Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Public Schools is committed to providing a healthy
    and safe environment for all employees, students, and public citizens utilizing the school
    facilities. The District maintains a Board approved Health and Safety Program that lists and
    documents the procedures and plans for maintaining a safe and healthy environment. The Health
    and Safety Program also helps the District maintain compliance with the numerous state and
    federal regulations and laws governing health and safety issues in the District. As a part of that
    compliance, each year the District notifies the employees and parents of following ongoing
    programs.
     
    1. Presence of Asbestos within District Buildings
    The Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Public School District has continued to respond
    to asbestos present in our school buildings through monitoring and maintenance. Asbestos, most
    often found contained in thermal pipe insulation, is a mineral fiber associated with increased
    levels of disease when inhaled.
     
    Since the implementation of the Asbestos Management Plan in 1989 the District has
    continued with its ongoing asbestos operations and maintenance program, including a periodic
    surveillance every six months in each of the District’s buildings. During the periodic
    surveillance, damage to material containing asbestos is noted and repaired following strict
    procedures. Asbestos is dangerous only when it is broken loose from building material into fine,
    dustlike fibers and inhaled. When this condition becomes a possibility, asbestos is removed.
    This past year the District conducted the periodic surveillance as required by the
    Asbestos Management Plan. These inspections are done to maintain asbestos containing
    materials in a safe condition in all areas of the buildings where asbestos is present. In addition,
    this summer the District employed a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to remove asbestos
    floor tiles and mastic in 5 rooms and encapsulated asbestos pipe insulation throughout the
    Elementary Building.
     
    The detailed Asbestos Maintenance Plan and updated information for each building, and
    for the entire district, is open to public review. You can find the Asbestos Management Plan
    located in the District Office of Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Public Schools. If you have
    any further questions about asbestos or other safety related issues, please contact the District’s
    Safety Coordinator, Timothy Harbo, at (507) 3515495or the District Office.
     
    2. Integrated Pest Management
    Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Public Schools, as part of the District’s Health and
    Safety Program, has an Integrated Pest Management Program. This program establishes
    procedures on the use of pesticides in and around the District’s Buildings.
     
    Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Schools utilize a licensed, professional pest control
    service firm for the prevention and control of rodents, insects, weeds, and other pests in and
    around the district’s building. Their program consists of :
    1. Inspection and monitoring to determine whether pests are present, and whether any
    treatment is needed;
    2. Recommendations for maintenance and sanitation to help eliminate pests without the need
    for pest control materials;
    3. Utilization of nonchemical
    measures such as traps, caulking, and screening;
    4. Application of EPA registered pest control materials when needed after regular school
    hours or when school is not in session.
    Pests can sting, bite, cause contamination, damage property, and spread disease, therefore
    we must prevent and control them. The long-term health effects on children from the application
    of such pest control materials, or the class of materials to which they belong, may not be fully
    understood. All pest control materials are chosen and applied according to label directions per
    Federal law.
    In addition, school district personnel may apply pest control materials inside or on school
    grounds as needed.
    Pest control materials are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    and are selected and applied according to label directions.
     
    An estimated schedule of interior pest control inspections and possible treatments is
    available for review or copying at each school office. A similar estimated schedule is available
    for the application of herbicides and other materials to school grounds. Parents of students may
    request to receive, at their expense, prior notification of any application of a pest control
    material, should such an application be deemed necessary on a day different from the days
    specified in the schedule.
     
    3. Air Quality
    The District maintains a comprehensive program for Air Quality in the school buildings.
    The purpose of this program is to maintain optimum air quality in the District buildings.
    Throughout the year air quality is monitored and air handling systems are maintained on an
    established schedule to insure good air quality. The District will continue to monitor, maintain,
    and address air quality issues. If you have any questions or concerns regarding air quality and
    the Air Quality Management Program please contact Kevin Hammerschmidt, Buildings and
    Grounds, or the District Office.
     
    4. Emergency Procedures
    The District has developed detailed plans for emergency procedures such as fires,
    tornadoes, or other crisis issues. Some of those plans have building specific procedures which
    will be provided by the building administration at the start of the school year. Plans can be found
    in each office.
     
    5. Employee Right To Understand
    The Health and Safety Program provides detailed information on chemicals and
    conditions determined to pose potential hazards to employees who work with these chemicals.
    Affected employees receive annual training and the District maintains material safety data sheets
    on these chemicals and conditions. For more information on this program, contact the District
    Office.
     
    6. Safety Committee
    The District has an employee/administration safety committee that meets regularly during
    the school year to address safety concerns and issues. Please feel free to contact Timothy Harbo
    at the District office if you have concerns or issues relating to health and safety in the District.
     
    Timothy Harbo
    Environmental Coordinator