School district fails inspection
Douglas County School District could face an $1,800 fine for possible violations found during a recent inspection by the State of Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement.
According to Sandy King, personnel administrator for the Douglas County School District, the citation stems from the district’s plan to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as Hepatitis B and HIV.
“It’s a citation issued to the district regarding the exposure determination plan, about some minor gaps in the annual training and annual review plans,” King said. “The district has not violated (OSH) guidelines knowingly.”
According to King, the district makes exposure determinations at each specific school site when job functions change. OSH wants them to revise their plan and make annual checks at the start of each school year in addition to the checks made when job functions change.
She also said that the initial fine of $1,800 was attached to the citation and that the Nevada OSH has offered a 40 percent reduction on good faith compliance.
Pendery Clark, Douglas County School District superintendent, said that the district is seeking a further reduction of the fine but is not interested in contesting the violation.
“We do not want to go to a hearing to contest the violation because we don’t have a problem with their recommendations,” she said. “We’re happy to make the changes.”
Nevada Occupational Safety and Health officials could not comment on the specifics of the inspection or violations but confirmed that the case is scheduled to be heard by a review board.
“It’s just an allegation until the board hears the case and makes a decision,” said Rich Meier, Nevada OSH supervisor.
The review board, which is made up of five to seven members who are appointed by the governor, will hear the case June 9.
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