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Biological and Chemical Safety in Schools

Biological and Chemical Safety in Schools


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) (www.atsdr.cdc.gov). This Congressionally-mandated agency provides public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, and education and training concerning hazardous substances. The site has links to numerous resources on hazardous chemicals and hazardous waste sites.

Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC), Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) (www.aoec.org/PEHSU.htm). The PEHSUs work with pediatricians to assist them in developing pediatric environmental medical expertise and to improve the ability of locally practicing health care providers and parents to access this expertise. These units, located at universities, provide telephone clinical consultation and outreach, and clinical evaluation of children who may have been exposed to hazardous substances in the environment.

Beyond Pesticides (www.beyondpesticides.org). Study Finds Over One-Quarter of U.S. School Districts Adopt Plans to Restrict Children's Exposure to Pesticides.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (www.cdc.gov/nceh). This site includes information on asthma and childhood lead poisoning prevention in addition to more general environmental health issues.

Center for Health, Environment and Justice Advocacy (www.chej.org). The Center is a national organization that includes a focus on reducing child environmental health risks in schools. Recent activities include publication of a report, "How to Build a Green School," initiation of a campaign named "Child Proofing Our Communities" (www.childproofing.org) and establishment of an Air Quality Committee that has developed an air quality checklist for schools. Also helpful, reports from local projects to reduce harm and improve safety in schools.

Environmental Protection Agency: Office of Pesticide Programs (www.epa.gov/pesticides/ipm/). Information for schools from an EPA office committed to controlling pests by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Minnesota Department of Health, Children's Environmental Health Program/Schools. (www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/children) Site contains resources on reducing lead in school drinking water and managing pesticide use in schools, and monitoring indoor air quality. Provides a model notice for upcoming pesticide use in schools.

The National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (www.beyondpesticides.org). Sponsors a Healthy Schools project that aims to reduce risks associated with pesticides by promoting the adoption of school pest management policies and programs.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): Children's Health and the Environment (www.ncsl.org/programs/environ/envhealth/cehdb.htm). This site is a searchable database of current children's environmental health legislation (asthma, indoor environments, lead, mercury, and pesticides) by state.

"Parents Take on Toxic Schools," an article published by The Children's Advocate, September-October 2001, is reproduced in the Benton Foundation's Connect for Kids web site, http://www.connectforkids.org/node/331

Parent Resource Center: School building safety. A resource to help parents assess how safe their child's school building is.

School IPM: Integrated Pest Management in Schools (http://schoolipm.ifas.ufl.edu/ipm_admn.htm/). Fact sheets, toolkits, and other resources to assist schools reduce their use of pesticides.