Manual

The Safe Schools Manual is a manual of self-inspection checklists covering environmental, health and safety regulations for secondary occupational and career orientation programs in New Jersey public schools. It was developed by the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute with support by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education.

The Manual is intended to assist schools in meeting regulatory requirements, but does not cover all hazards, regulations or school responsibilities. It remains the school's responsibility to ensure a safe and healthful environment and to comply with relevant federal, New Jersey, and local regulations.

The Manual has been updated 1-2 times each year since is initial release to reflect changes in regulations. Through spring 2014, 36 updates were issued. Updates are provided to all vocational school, high school and junior-senior high school districts in New Jersey. Updates have also been provided to those elementary and middle school districts who sent a representative to past Safe Schools Manual trainings.

The New Jersey Safe Schools Manual is available via mobile app download in both the App Store and Google Play.  When accessed on a mobile device, you will be prompted to download the free app. The name of the app is "NJ SS Manual" if you want to look it up directly for free download in GooglePlay or in iTunes.

Additional copies of the Safe Schools Manual may be ordered from the Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education (order form). The recent versions of the Manual are split into two volumes. Volume 1 includes all parts of the Manual except the checklists. Volume 2 includes all of the checklists.

Safe Schools Manual Supporting Chapters
Title of Supporting Chapters [Last Update] File Name (size)
Acknowledgments [Update #36 dated 05/14] Ack.PDF (61KB)
Introduction  [Update #28 dated 09/07] Introduction.PDF (23KB)
Chapter 1:  Making Sense Out of Regulations   [Update #23 dated 6/05] Chapt1.PDF (40KB)
Chapter 2: How to Establish and Effective Environmental, Safety and Health Program  [Update #28 dated 09/07] Chapt2.PDF (32KB)
Chapter 3: Implementing a Checklist Program  [Update #23 dated 6/05] Chapt3.PDF (202KB)
Training Handout  [Update #24 dated 09/05] Hndouts.PDF (28KB)
Vocational Program Index to Checklists  [Update #35 dated 01/13] Program.PDF (123KB)
Hazard Index to Checklists and Regulations  [Update #26 dated 9/06] Hazard.PDF (29KB)
Checklists Organized by Exposure Categories  [Update #29 dated 05/08] Exposure.PDF (43KB)
Alphabetical Listing of Checklists by Title  [Update #28 dated 09/07] Checklist.PDF (15KB)

Safe Schools Manual Checklists
Check- list # Checklist Title [Last Update] Pages File Name (size)
1 Vocational Safety Program  [Update #39 dated 06/17] 1-4 Checklist 01 (57 KB)
2 Occupational Injury and Illness Reporting  [Update #39 dated 06/17] 5-8 Checklist 02 (57 KB)
3 Access to Exposure and Medical Records  [Update #38 dated 05/16] 9-12 Checklist 03 (69KB)
4 Medical Services and First Aid  [Update #17 dated 04/02] 13-14 Checklist 04 (57KB)
5 General Clasroom Conditions  [Update #35 dated 06/13] 15-20 Checklist 05 (76KB)
6 Indoor Air Quality  [Update #39 dated 06/17] 21-22 Checklist 06 (33KB)
7 General Fire Requirements  [Update #38 dated 05/16] 23-28 Checklist 07 (30KB)
8 Means of Exit/Escape  [Update #36 dated 05/14] 29-34 Checklist 08 (78KB)
9 Electrical-General Requirements  [Update #39 dated 06/17] 35-42 Checklist 09 (88KB)
10 Electrical -Wiring Design and Protection  [Update #33 dated 05/11] 43-50 Checklist 10 (86KB)
11 Electrical Components and Equipment for General Use  [Update #35 dated 06/13] 51-58 Checklist 11 (28KB)
12 Use of Electrical Equipment  [Update #31 dated 05/09] 59-64 Checklist 12 (78KB)
13 Electrical - Temporary Wiring  [Update #31 dated 05/09] 65-68 Checklist 13 (20KB)
14 Right to Know (RTK)  [Update #38 dated 05/16] 69-78 Checklist 14 (30KB)
15 Alarm Systems and Evacuation Plans  [Update #37 dated 05/15] 79-84 Checklist 15 (68KB)
16 Portable Fire Extinguishers  [Update #36 dated 05/14] 85-92 Checklist 16 (43KB)
17 Standpipe and Hose Fire Protection Systems  [Update #31 dated 05/09] 93-96 Checklist 17 (31KB)
18 Fixed Ladders  [Update #13 dated 02/00] 97-100 Checklist 18 (21KB)
19 Fixed Stairs  [Update #13 dated 02/00] 101-102 Checklist 19 (22KB)
20 Guarding Floors, Stairs, and Other Openings  [Update #13 dated 02/00] 103-110 Checklist 20 (41KB)
21 Portable Ladders  [Update #12 dated 09/99] 111-116 Checklist 21 (19KB)
22 Mobile Ladder Stands [Update #12 dated 09/99] 117-118 Checklist 22 (9KB)
23 Guarding of Farm Equipment  [Update #13 dated 02/00] 119-128 Checklist 23 (29KB)
24 Pesticides  [Update #39 dated 06/17] 129-134 Checklist 24 (18KB)
25 Toxic and Hazardous Substance Exposure  [Update #35 dated 06/13] 137-140 Checklist 25 (21KB)
26 Air Pollution Control  [Update #11 dated 05/99] 141-154 Checklist 26 (61KB)
27 Asbestos During Brake and Clutch Service Work  [Update #11 dated 05/99] 155-162 Checklist 27 (26KB)
28 Air  Compressor Tanks  [Update #13 dated 02/00] 163-164 Checklist 28 (16KB)
29 Compressed Gases  [Update #18 dated 09/02] 165-170 Checklist 29 (89KB)
30 Bakery Equipment - General 171-178 Checklist 30 (20KB)
31 Bakery Flour-Handling Equipment and Ovens 179-184 Checklist 31 (26KB)
32 Food Preparation and Service - Part 1  [Update #23 dated 6/05] 185-194 Checklist 32 (25KB)
33 Food Preparation and Service - Part 2  [Update #23 dated 6/05] 195-202 Checklist 33 (25KB)
34 Food Preparation and Service - Part 3 [Update #24 dated 09/05] 203-210 Checklist 34 (31KB)
35 Food Preparation and Service - Part 4 [Update #24 dated 09/05] 211-216 Checklist 35 (21KB)
36 Food Preparation and Service - Part 5 [Update #24 dated 09/05] 217-222 Checklist 36 (21KB)
37 Fire Protection for Cooking Areas  [Update #37 dated 05/15] 223-226 Checklist 37 (21KB)
38A Dip Tanks [Update #15 dated 03/01] 227-232 Checklist 38 (24KB)
38B Dip Tanks Containing Flammable or Combustible Liquids  [Update #15 dated 03/01] 233-234 Checklist 38B (30KB)
39 Flammable and Combustible Liquids  [Update #37 dated 05/15] 235-246 Checklist 39 (45KB)
40 Spray Finishing  [Update #15 dated 03/01] 247-258 Checklist 40 (49KB)
41 Hazardous Waste  [Update #12 dated 09/99] 259-270 Checklist 41 (41KB)
42 Jacks and Hoists  [Update #13 dated 02/00] 271-276 Checklist 42 (24KB)
43 Powered Lawnmowers  [Update #21 dated 06/04] 277-282 Checklist 43 (19KB)
44 Control of Hazardous Energy Sources  [Update #13 dated 02/00] 283-288 Checklist 44 (17KB)
45 Machines - General Requirements  [Update #17 dated 04/02] 289-292 Checklist 45 (72KB)
46 Woodworking Machinery - General Requirements 293-298 Checklist 46 (24KB)
47 Woodworking Machinery - Saws 299-304 Checklist 47 (25KB)
48 Woodworking Machinery - Other Than Saws 305-312 Checklist 48 (30KB)
49 Abrasive Wheel Machinery and Tools 313-318 Checklist 49 (30KB)
50 Portable Hand and Power Tools [Update #32 dated 03/10] 319-326 Checklist 50 (20KB)
51 Noise 327-332 Checklist 51 (26KB)
52 Mechanical Power-Transmission Apparatus [Update #31 dated 05/09] 333-338 Checklist 52 (24KB)
53 Electrical Safety  Work Practices  [Update #37 dated 05/15] 339-348 Checklist 53 (36KB)
54 Personal Protection for Electrical Work 349-352 Checklist 54 (12KB)
55 Nonionzing Radiation  [Update #7 dated 08/97] 353-354 Checklist 55 (18KB)
56 Personal Protective Equipment  [Update #34 dated 05/12] 355-360 Checklist 56
57 Respiratory Protection  [Update #28 dated 9/07] 361-370 Checklist 57 (33KB)
58 Servicing Multi-Piece and Single Piece Rim Wheels 371-380 Checklist 58 (28KB)
59 Slings - General Requirements 381-384 Checklist 59 (20KB)
60 Slings - Steel Chain, Wire Rope and Metal Mesh 385-392 Checklist 60 (32KB)
61 Slings - Natural Rope, Synthetic Rope and Synthetic Web 393-398 Checklist 61 (26KB)
62 Accident prevention Signs and Tags 399-402 Checklist 62 (22KB)
63 Underground Storage Tanks (UST)  [Update #10 dated 08/98] 403-408 Checklist 63 (35KB)
64 Welding, Cutting and Brazing - General Requirements  [Update #18 dated 09/02] 409-416 Checklist 64 (34KB)
65 Welding and Cutting with Oxygen-Fuel Gas  [Update #18 dated 09/02] 417-426 Checklist 65 (38KB)
66 Welding With Arc Welding Equipment  [Update #18 dated 09/02] 427-434 Checklist 66 (32KB)
67 Welding With Resistance Welding Equipment 435-438 Checklist 67 (12KB)
68 General Safety and Health Provisions for Construction [Update #32 dated 03/10] 439-446 Checklist 68 (22KB)
69 Noise, Radiation and Other Exposures for Construction  [Update #13 dated 02/00] 447-452 Checklist 69 (26KB)
70 Fire Protection and Prevention for Construction 453-456 Checklist 70 (12KB)
71A Fall Protection - Part 1 [Update #13 dated 02/00] 457-460.6 Checklist 71 (30KB)
71B Fall Protection - Part 2 [Update #13 dated 02/00] 460.7-460.18 Checklist 71b(31KB)
71C Fall Protection - Part 3 [Update #13 dated 02/00] 460.19-460.28 Checklist 71c (28KB)
72 Electrical Work Practices for Construction  [Update #21 dated 06/04] 461-464 Checklist 72 (17KB)
73 Portable Ladders for Construction 465-472 Checklist 73 (20KB)
74A Scaffolding - Part 1 [Update #13 dated 02/00] 473-478.8 Checklist 74a (35KB)
74B Scaffolding - Part 2 [Update #13 dated 02/00] 478.9-478.24 Checklist 74b (44KB)
75 Servicing Appliances Which Contain Refrigerant  [Update #11 dated 05/99] 479-488 Checklist 75 (29KB)
76 Service and Repair of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (MVACS)  [Update #11 dated 05/99] 489-492 Checklist 76 (14KB)
77 Bloodborne Pathogens - Part 1  [Update #18 dated 09/02] 493-500 Checklist 77 (34KB)
78 Bloodborne Pathogens - Part 2  [Update #18 dated 09/02] 501-510 Checklist 78 (36KB)
79 Regulated Medical Waste  [Update #3 dated 01/95] 511-518 Checklist 79 (22KB)
80 Hazard Communication [Update #38 dated 05/16] 519-526 Checklist 80 (59KB)
81 Integrated Pest Management  [Update #24 dated 09/05] 527-536 Checklist 81 (25KB)
82 Cutting and Grinding of Masonry [Update #27 dated 06/07] 537-538 Checklist 82 (19KB)

Safe Schools Manual Appendices
Title of Appendices [Last Update] File Name (size)
List of Appendices  [Update #10 dated 08/98] Applist.PDF (3KB)
Appendix A:  Resources  [Update #26 dated 9/06] AppA.PDF (109KB)
Appendix B:  Using Safe Schools to Teach Students About Occupational Safety and Health  [Update #27 dated 06/07] AppB.PDF (15KB)
Appendix C:  Tips for Making an Inspection a Cooperative Rather Than an Adversarial Experience AppC.PDF (17 KB)
Appendix D:  Emergency Procedures in Public Secondary Schools in the Event of a Chemical Spill  [Update #20 dated 10/03] AppD.PDF (90 KB)
Appendix E:  Text of Selected Regulations  [Update #36 dated 05/14] AppE.PDF (142KB)
Appendix F: Additional Fire, Electric, Health and Safety Related Checklists  [Update #33 dated 05/11] AppF.PDF (28KB)