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Safety

Campus Safety

The policies and procedures in this section are put in place to keep faculty, staff, and students safe.  If you come upon or have a safety issue or concern, you should notify a member of the staff right away.  It is our mission to provide faculty, staff, and students with a safe environment.  Please lock your car in the parking lot before going to class.

Turpentine and Unmarked Container Restrictions

Please note that all students are required to use only odorless turpentine or odorless mineral spirits in painting classes.  Faculty will inform students of appropriate turpentine use and disposal.  LAAFA reserves the right to remove or destroy all prohibited hazardous items.  The transfer of chemicals from the original container to another container for ease of use in the classroom or studios is allowed; however, the containers must be sealable, marked to note their contents, and of an appropriate material such as glass or metallic.  Most Styrofoam and plastic containers will melt if used to store turpentine or mineral spirits.

All oily rags should be disposed into the metal containers located inside each studio. Do not dispose oily rags into large plastic trash bins.

Attire

In order to ensure each student’s safety, shoes and proper attire must be worn at all times. Students determined to be a risk to themselves due to their attire may be asked to leave the classroom or studio by the instructor or anyone from the LAAFA Administration.

Personal Injury

While the school exercises great care with regard to student safety, it is not responsible for personal injury occurring on the school property or in connection with school activities.  The school does not assume any responsibility for loss or damage to student property.  Faculty and Administrators who accompany student groups on field trips and supervised activities cannot be held responsible for actions of students, injury, or loss of personal property.

Criminal Actions

Any criminal activity involving students, faculty, or staff taking place within the school or on its premises shall be reported immediately to the Administration Office.  Authorities will be contacted and a thorough investigation of the incident will be conducted.  In case of extreme emergency, please call 911 directly.  For incidents involving students, a written description of the incident shall be submitted by any faculty or staff member present, within one working day, to the Administration Office.  A security file of all reports will be maintained by the school.

Weapons on Campus

Possession of firearms, fireworks, weapons, and hazardous chemicals is strictly prohibited and, in many cases, violates state law.  This applies to students and employees except where authorized to handle weapons or chemicals.

Sexual Harassment

LAAFA is unequivocally committed to protect the rights of all persons in the school community.  We consider all expressions of sexual harassment as threats to the concept of community that we are striving to create; further, we deplore any acts of harassment pertaining to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic or cultural origins, or age.

  1. The above statement is school Policy and is stated in published materials to the school community.
  2. Charges brought against an individual or group, filed in writing, will be investigated promptly by the President.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault, including rape by an acquaintance or stranger, is prohibited by the school and the State of California.  It is important to tell someone you trust when you have been sexually assaulted. (It is also important to preserve evidence for proof of a criminal offense.)  Campus resources include the President, the faculty, and the staff.  The school will assist in notifying the local law enforcement authorities, if requested.  Violators of this policy will be subject to disciplinary measures, including dismissal, following a final determination by a school disciplinary proceeding and the President.  The accuser and the accused are both entitled to have others present during the disciplinary proceedings.  The victim will be informed of the school’s final determination and any sanctions that are imposed against the accused, although this information may not be disclosed to the public in general.

Fire Drills

Fire drills are held once each quarter.

Procedure: Upon hearing the alarm sound, students are required to exit the building immediately.  Do not pack up items.  Students should quietly exit the building from the closest exit and proceed to the parking lot.  Faculty should exit the class rooms and studios last and close the doors.  Faculty, staff, and students should remain in the parking lot until a member of senior management or the fire marshal allows everyone to return to the building.

Public Safety and Crime Statistics

In accordance with legal requirements, LAAFA will provide a copy of the uniform campus crime report, “Campus Safety at the College”, to any individual who sends a written request for the report to: Crime Report Request, c/o Registrar, 16926 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406.

General Safety Rules

  • Learn and practice safe work habits.
  • Report any unsafe conditions immediately to the Administration Office.
  • If you are asked to perform a task, which you think is unsafe; you may refuse the request without fear of reprisal.
  • Report all accidents and even minor injuries to the Administration Office immediately.
  • When using electrical equipment, make sure your hands are dry and you are standing on a dry surface.  Make sure electrical cords and wires have no breaks.
  • Know emergency procedures, such as the locations of fire extinguishers, the first aid kit, and emergency telephone numbers.

Emergency Plan – Fire Prevention

  • Smoke outside the building – No smoking is allowed inside the building.
  • Do not empty ashtrays or anything hot in wastebaskets that contain paper or other flammable material.
  • Unplug all electrical equipment that is not working properly or is in need of repair. Notify the Administration Office immediately.
  • Do not overload wall outlets.
  • Keep heat-producing devices away from objects, which will burn.
  • Assign someone to ensure appliances are turned off when leaving the building.
  • Store and use flammable liquids according to container instructions and city/code regulations.
  • Do not allow accumulations of trash or waste material that is flammable.
  • Do not hold doors open with door stops or other items.

Emergency Plan – Earthquake

Earthquakes strike without warning and you may have only seconds to react.  Intensity can range from slight tremors to great shocks.  Your first concern should be shielding yourself from falling debris and objects.

DO:

  • Stay Calm
  • Take cover under a sturdy desk or table, away from any glass or windows, in a kneeling position, while holding on to the desk/table or stand in a doorway, using hands to brace yourself, making sure that the door does not close.
  • Stay clear of bookcases, file cabinets, windows, brochure racks, and similar items.
  • Follow instructions of the management.
  • Do not evacuate the building until evacuation routes have been checked and are determined to be safe.
  • Turn off all electrical equipment.
  • Once outside, go to the parking lot in the back of the building away from all structures.
  • Do not run.
  • Wait for instructions from management in the event of extended power failure.

DON’T:

  • Use telephones.
  • Use elevators.
  • React in a manner that may cause undue alarm or panic.
  • Stand near windows.
  • Use matches, if power fails.  If you feel the need to leave the building, please do not leave the premises.  We will want to account for everyone.
  • Inform management of injuries so first aid can be administered.  First Aid supply kit is located in the Administration Office.