The Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OOSH) was created on January 2, 1990 to provide the New York City Department of Education (DOE) with the safety and health expertise necessary to ensure that the New York City public school system is in compliance with federal, state, and city safety and health regulations. Under the “General Duty” clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, each employer has a legal responsibility to provide a work environment that is free from any recognizable harm that can cause or be likely to cause serious physical harm or death to employees.
In order to fulfill the Office of Occupational Safety and Health’s mission to ensure that employees of the New York City DOE work in a safe and healthy environment, the Office provides the following services:
- Education and training of department heads, managers, and employees about the provisions of Occupational Safety and Health regulations.
- Assistance to departments and facilities in complying with federal, state, and city safety and health regulations.
- Provision of technical expertise on the assessment of health and safety hazards in the workplace.
- Initiation and implementation of training programs as required by specific safety and health regulations promulgated by the New York State Department of Labor Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH).
State law requires the New York City Department of Education to provide health and safety information and training to its employees. For information, training, and forms related to specific programs, please click on the applicable program listed below:
Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Program
Hazard Communication & Right-to-Know Program
SH 900 - Reporting Occupational Injury and Illnesses
Laboratory Safety Program