The school safety committee function is often combined with other required committees operating within a district to ensure compliance with different laws, such as Project SAVE or Project RESCUE. Committees can be formed on both the district and building-level committees – such as required under Project SAVE.
In some districts, the safety committee stands alone and is charged with monitoring and addressing general, district-wide safety-related responsibilities.
Typical topics include:
- Reviewing incident reports and identify loss trends (i.e., high frequency of incidents on a particular stairwell).
- Reviewing loss runs and investigate accidents. Look for the cause or reason for the loss.
- Interpreting and implementing Right-To-Know and Emergency Management Preparedness Requirements.
- Conducting building or facility walk-throughs.
- Conducting security assessments.
- Identifying hazards and making recommendations (i.e., loose handrails, broken sidewalks).
- Soliciting information from the staff about hazardous conditions (i.e., indoor air quality, open access points, poor ventilation).
- Reviewing safety procedures (i.e., location of fire alarms, extinguishers).
- Participating in Safety Promotion Programs (i.e., pins or certificates for accident-free performance).
- Inviting outside experts to conduct internal training for staff (i.e., Fire Marshall).
- Utilizing films and videos.
- Maintaining motivation and interest by promoting the Committee (i.e., posting minutes, publishing a newsletter).
The safety committee is typically under the leadership of the superintendent of buildings and grounds.
The committee is often consists of the following individuals:
- Building-level administrators
- Athletic Director
- Representative of the Board of Education
- Transportation Supervisor
- Security Director
- Representatives from the PTA
- Union Officials
- Local Police and/or Fire Representatives