Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety includes workplace hazard assessments, required safety training for various District departments, record keeping, program management, and implementation. Programs managed through this department include:

Indoor Air Quality Management Plan

    District 192 has implemented an IAQ Management Plan that will help monitor and improve the quality of air in school buildings. The objectives of the IAQ Management Plan are: 1) reduce the levels of indoor air pollutants through preventive measures such as routine maintenance activities, periodic building evaluations and inspections, and IAQ-specific policies; 2) provide and maintain adequate air exchanges by repairing and maintaining ventilation equipment, which will promote a comfortable and healthful learning and working environment, and; 3) respond to IAQ-related concerns and problems in a thorough and prompt manner, and to effectively communicate the progress of investigations and their resolutions to all interested parties.

Asbestos Management Plan

    District 192 continues its ongoing efforts to manage and control asbestos-containing materials within the three buildings that still contain asbestos to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and other occupants.

Periodic surveillance will be conducted at the Tiger Legacy and Learning Center, Special Services Center, Farmington Elementary School and Boeckman Middle School. Management plans are maintained in each of the individual building’s custodial offices.

Lead in Water Management Plan

Farmington Area Public Schools is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment for employees and students. We have developed this Lead-in-Water Management Plan to reduce the potential for exposure to lead in drinking water and to comply with Minnesota Statute 121A.335, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). This plan will also endeavor to comply with the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health’s “Reducing Lead in Drinking Water: A Technical Guidance for Minnesota’s School and Child Care Facilities” recommendations and be inclusive of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's "Ensuring Drinking Water Quality in Schools During and After Extended Closures" fact sheet and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's "3Ts Toolkit for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities" manual.
Minnesota Statute 121A.335 requires public school buildings serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 to test for lead in potable water sources (water for consumption) every 5 years.  We test all of our buildings every five years. The previous testing cycles included the 2016-17 and 2021-2022 school years.  We will test again during the 2026-27 school year.
In the event a test reveals the presence of lead at or above five parts per billion, remediation efforts will be made. Depending upon the exact fixture location and type, remediation efforts could involve removing the fixture from service, adding signage indicating the fixture is not to be used for drinking water, removal of the existing fixture and replacement with filtered fixture, etc.
Anyone interested in discussing the district Lead in Drinking Water program or test results, please contact the Director of Operations, Dan Miller, at 651-463-5058 or [email protected].

Radon Testing Plan

    Farmington Area Public Schools contracts with the Institute for Environmental Assessment (IEA) to conduct radon testing in all occupied district buildings every 5 years as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Farmington Area Public Schools last conducted a long-term monitoring test in the 2021-22 school year.  All tested sites registered less than the MDH and EPA annual average threshold. The next five-year cycle will become due in the 2026-2027 school year.  

Contact Dan Miller at 651-463-5058 or [email protected] for more information about our environmental health and safety programs.