COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 185

September 9, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Career and Technical Education Student Safety

 

As the new school year begins, safety of all students enrolled in career and technical education programs is of the utmost importance. Please be reminded that the following Virginia Board of Education regulation applies to all career and technical education programs.

 

8VAC20-120-160 Student Safety

 

1.                 Each career and technical education program shall include health and safety standards that are applicable to the operation of that program which shall be made an integral part of the program.

2.                 Each career and technical education program shall comply with applicable federal and state laws and regulations related to health and safety.

 

Our Trade and Industrial (T&I) Education housing construction projects are governed by certain standards under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA).

 

Safety of all students enrolled in T&I programs is of paramount importance. Because of this concern, the Office of Career and Technical Education conducted two thirty-hour OSHA seminars for teachers this past year. Safety topics covered included electricity, fall protection, fire protection, personal protection equipment, power tools, and trenching. Forty-six instructors received their OSHA credentials and are now endorsed to provide training for their students. We are currently planning five additional OSHA seminars to be held during the 2005-2006 school year and will notify school divisions through a later Superintendents Memorandum.

 

If you have questions concerning the safe operation of programs in career and technical education, please contact Elizabeth Russell (Elizabeth.Russell@doe.virginia.gov) director of career and technical education, at (804) 225-2051.

 

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