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ESF COSER List

TITLE: Energy Management Program
PROGRAM NUMBER: 609

This program provides assistance to participating school districts in evaluating their energy use. This evaluation involves energy auditing of existing buildings to determine the potential savings from renovations, as well as a review of plans and specifications of proposed building renovations and/or additions for energy efficient design. Surveys of a building™s energy using systems are performed to determine their operating performance, including boiler efficiency tests and lighting surveys. Monthly and annual monitoring of utilities is provided along with recommendations for savings through changes in service classification or purchasing of natural gas or electricity. To assist maintenance staffs, technicians are available to assist with temperature control calibrations, steam trap inspections and HVAC repairs. Inservice workshops are held for maintenance personnel to discuss the efficient operation and maintenance of building systems. Equipment such as boiler firetube cleaners, temperature recorders and electrical testing devices are available for loan to the maintenance personnel. For further information on this program contact: William Walsh, Program Manager for Safety, Energy and Facility Services (Extension 249).

Additional Services Available Under 609 COSER
District Must Belong to Base Service to Receive Additional Services

TITLE: Cooperative Purchase of Natural Gas
PROGRAM NUMBER: 609.495

A school district that meets the requirements of their local utility may purchase natural gas directly from a supplier and transport this gas over local utility lines, resulting in significant savings to the district. Participating school districts in this service will cooperatively purchase natural gas.

TITLE: Cooperative Purchase of Electricity
PROGRAM NUMBER: 609.595

A school district that meets the requirements of their local utility may purchase electricity directly from a supplier and transport this electricity over local utility lines, resulting in significant savings to the district. Participating school districts in this service will cooperatively purchase electricity.


TITLE: Safety/Risk Management
PROGRAM NUMBER: 610

The program provides assistance to participating school districts in complying with state and federal regulations governing the health and safety of their students and employees. These regulations include Hazard Communications (Right-To-Know), AHERA asbestos regulations, emergency planning, the Chemical Hygiene Standard for laboratories, Bloodborne Pathogens and Petroleum Storage Tanks. Current information on regulations and other issues such as Indoor Air Quality is disseminated through bimonthly newsletters. BOCES staff meets with district administrative personnel to review their safety plans, training programs and records and to make suggestions for improvement. Assistance is provided to the district staff in chemical inventory, labeling and storage, the implementation of asbestos management plans,the development of emergency plans, the development of safety policies and procedures and employee training. Training videos and materials are made available to district staff. BOCES staff will also assist district personnel during any PESH inspection. For further information on this program contact: William Walsh, Program Manager for Safety, Energy and Facility
Services (Extension 249).

Additional Services Available Under 610 COSER
District Must Belong to Base Service to Receive Additional Services

TITLE: Safety Policy Manual/Fire Safety and Building Inspections
PROGRAM NUMBER: 610.010

BOCES staff provides and annually updates a District Safety Policy Manual that contains all policies required by the various regulatory agencies. The policies include Hazard Communications, Chemical Hygiene, Disaster Preparedness, Exposure Control, Lockout/Tagout and Confined Space Entry. The manual is provided both in hard copy and as word-processor files. NYS certified code enforcement officials are provided to perform the annual fire inspections and to be members of the district team that performs the annual visual fire and safety inspections.

TITLE: Chemical Inventory and MSDS Coordination
PROGRAM NUMBER: 610.020

BOCES staff will complete and update a district chemical inventory and compile a file of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS™s) both in hard copy and as computer files. A management system for the inventory of hazardous substances and the organization of MSDS™s will be developed. The service includes the development of a written Hazard Communications Plan and a Chemical Hygiene Plan for school laboratories.

TITLE: Asbestos Training / Specialized Training
PROGRAM NUMBER: 610.030

School district employees who may disturb asbestos-containing material or who update the district's asbestos management plan are required to hold valid New York State certificates. Training through a certified agency is required to obtain these certificates. Initial and annual refresher training is provided for asbestos worker/handler, contractor/supervisor and inspector management planner.
BOCES staff will coordinate and/or provide all required safety training for school district personnel as well as other requested training as necessary. Training includes hazard communications (Right-to-Know), asbestos awareness, emergency procedures, lockout/tagout procedures, bloodborne pathogens and safe work practices. Training records will be maintained by BOCES and provided to the district.

TITLE: In-School Safety Specialist
PROGRAM NUMBER: 610.040

This program provides a safety specialist who works on a shared time basis in two or more districts as the District Safety Coordinator. The safety specialist would be responsible for assisting the district administrative personnel in ensuring district compliance with the requirements of the various regulatory agencies
(PESH, DEC, SED, EPA, etc.) The BOCES Program Manager for Safety, Energy, and Facility Services provides supervision and support. Services 610.010, 610.020, and 610.030 are included in service 610.040.