EPA has released a new resource, “Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments.” This easy to use booklet focuses on affordable, sensible ways, to address some of the most common areas of environmental health concerns found in schools. In this era of budget tightening and unfortunate education funding cuts, the booklet is designed to identify and address environmental health issues that school districts can readily address with minimal cost and effort. It is a resource for facilities personnel and school staff, providing:
- one-stop access to learn about a range of school environmental health issues;
- many low cost/no cost, affordable measures, programs and resources available to help prevent, reduce and resolve each of the highlighted environmental hazards;
- a voluntary Quick Assessment Checklist to identify those issues that school districts and schools can address with minimal cost and effort; and,
- waste reduction and energy efficiency actions that will help you conserve valuable financial resources.
While this booklet provides best management practices, it does not preempt, supersede or serve as a substitute for Federal, State, local and Tribal regulations that are applicable to schools. The booklet is available at : http://www.epa.gov/region8/humanhealth/children/SensibleSteps.pdf
In addition to “Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments”, EPA also furnishes a wealth of valuable information and resources on many available web sites. To learn more, go to: http://epa.gov/schools.
NOTE: although the booklet link includes Region 8, the information included is general. The chapter on pesticides and IPM is on page 15.