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Article 24 – Employee Protection

24.0 Employee Protection

24.1 Assault or Threat of Harm

An employee who is physically attacked, verbally assaulted and/or threatened with bodily harm on district property or assignment shall immediately notify the appropriate site administrator and may contact appropriate authorities.

24.1.1 The site administrator shall immediately notify the proper authorities and take immediate action and every precaution to ensure the safety of the employee in the performance of his or her assigned duties.

24.1.2 The District will make every effort to reduce the risk of retaliatory action that may result from reporting an assault.

24.2 Accidental Injury and Workplace Hazards

24.2.1 The District acknowledges its responsibility to provide a safe and healthful work environment for District employees. The District agrees to investigate and give consideration to departmental recommendations to improve the working environment for represented employees. The District agrees to maintain safety standards for represented employees as required by the pertinent provisions of Cal‐OSHA.

24.2.2 In case of an accident on the job, the District shall make available the necessary accident reports and provide assistance in completing the correct form if requested. Bargaining unit members shall not be required to participate in work activities under conditions which may physically endanger their personal safety or well‐being.

24.2.3 Employees will not be required or permitted to violate posted restricted areas that may result in exposure to
hazardous materials or personal risk beyond that included in their job description.

24.2.4 If bargaining unit member has a good faith belief that a project to which they have been assigned presents health and/or safety risks beyond those normally associated with their classification, said unit member may request a review of the project or assigned work by the District Safety Officer or his designee. Such request shall not be unreasonably denied.

24.2.5 Material Safety Data sheets and hazardous materials surveys shall be available and accessible for inspection by employees, and their Union Representative.

24.3 An employee who is assigned to be a member of the Emergency Response Team in accordance with the District or Site Emergency Preparedness Plan(s) shall receive a copy of the Plan(s) to review their assigned duties. Such employees shall receive training on implementation of the Plan(s) within 30 days of the start of the school semester and updated as needed.

24.4 The District and the Union shall establish a Union‐Management Safety Committee designed to investigate ways to minimize job‐related injuries/illnesses, including such issues related to computer use.

24.5 Health Services Guidelines for Infectious Diseases

Current copies of the Health Service Guidelines for Infectious Diseases will be available in all schools and facilities.

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