School Employee Injury and Illness Prevention
SCHOOL ACTION FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH (SASH)
In December 2008, California launched a state-wide program to help K- 12 school districts develop and implement injury and illness prevention programs. The School Action for Safety and Health (SASH) Program is a state-wide initiative to help school districts reduce the high rate of work-related injuries and illnesses among school employees. Funded by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) and implemented by LOHP, the SASH Program offers:
- A free training program to help build the capacity of district-level health and safety coordinators to be resources to other employees and develop their Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
- Written materials that support injury and illness prevention activities.
- Problem-solving assistance provided by a statewide resource center located at LOHP.
The goal of the SASH program is to assist school districts throughout the State to:
- reduce the high rate of work-related injuries and illnesses among school employees (with a special focus on non-teaching staff) and
- come into compliance with Cal/OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) standard.
IIPPs are required in California workplaces and are a critical component of any health and safety program because they establish key procedures for protecting the health of employees. This project aims to disseminate the lessons learned from the California project to a national audience.
THE SASH TRAINING PROGRAM
LOHP conducts a free one-day training program for school district staff who are responsible for employee safety and health. These employees are typically from human resources/administration and/or the maintenance and operations department. The trainings are provided by University of California trainers at county offices of education and other convenient locations. Once they complete the training, trainees become “SASH Coordinators” for their district and receive a certificate from CHSWC and the University of California. UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) program conducts the SASH training in Southern California.
The SASH Program offers a variety of free written materials to help school employees identify and address health and safety issues in the school environment. Materials are available for California and national schools. Visit our SASH publications page to view and download the materials.