ARTICLE 21

HEALTH AND SAFETY

21.1

Head Start recognizes the importance of procedures for the protection of health and safety of employees and shall endeavor to maintain such conditions conducive to the health and safety of the employees. In the event of earthquake, other natural disasters, or a state of emergency declared by the Program Head, the Program shall endeavor to take necessary health and safety measures as required. At an appropriate time, the Program agrees to meet with the Union to review such measures taken during an earthquake or other natural disaster.

21.2

Safety equipment shall be provided and maintained as applicable as determined by the Program Head to maintain safe and healthful conditions.

21.3

An employee shall endeavor to maintain safe working conditions and shall adhere to Program-established safety rules, regulations, and practices.

21.4

An employee who observes or detects any safety hazard shall report it first to the immediate supervisor or appropriate administrator as soon as possible, and may report it to Program Human Resources.

21.5

Recommendations and suggestions regarding safety presented by an employee or the Union shall be considered. When such recommendations and suggestions are submitted to the appropriate administrator and to the Program Human Resources Office in writing, the employee shall receive a response in writing that provides the disposition of such a recommendation or suggestion.

21.6

When an employee in good faith believes they are required to work under unhealthy or unsafe conditions, he/she shall notify the appropriate administrator. The appropriate administrator shall investigate as soon as possible the alleged unhealthy or unsafe conditions and shall immediately communicate with the employee the results of such an investigation and, as appropriate, the steps that shall be taken to correct the condition.

If the unhealthy or unsafe condition is an imminent hazard, as defined by CAL/OSHA, in which there is a reasonable certainty that a hazardous condition could be expected to cause death or serious physical harm, the appropriate administrator shall respond as soon as possible.

21.7

An employee who believes in good faith that their present assignment presents a clear danger to health and safety may request a temporary reassignment. The appropriate administrator shall promptly respond to such a request. Such a request shall not be unreasonably denied during the preliminary investigation. If an unsafe or unhealthy condition is found during the investigation, the temporary reassignment shall continue until a remedy is implemented. If, after the remedy is implemented, the employee still believes the unsafe or unhealthy condition exists, they may contact the Program Human Resources Office. Program Human Resources will make a determination as to whether an Environmental Health and Safety Officer will be consulted and respond to the employee as soon as possible.

21.8

Three employees from the bargaining unit shall be designated by the Union to represent the safety interests of employees in the bargaining unit. The name of these individuals shall be provided in writing to the Program Head.

21.9

The Union may request a meeting to be held within two weeks to discuss serious Health and Safety issues. The meeting will be on paid time.

21.10

When available, upon the Union's written request, the Program shall furnish location disaster plans and the Material Safety Data Sheets on hazardous substances used by unit employees. Where available, other similar information, such as an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, shall be provided to the Union or an employee, upon written request and within the requirements of the law.

21.11

As deemed necessary by the Program Head, the Program shall provide safety training and instruction to minimize potential illness or injury to employees.

 

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