Healthy School Environments

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Jul 11, 2019
Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool School Buildings

NIOSH developed this tool to help assess areas of dampness in buildings and to help prioritize remediation of problems areas, and as a way to attempt to prevent the development of mold.

Source: NIOSH

Jan 21, 2017
IAQ Tools for Schools

EPA's Indoor Environments Division has developed this Road Map to assist you in: familiarizing yourself with the IAQ TfS Kit; forming an IAQ team; and getting started down the road to IAQ success.

Source: EPA

Jan 11, 2017
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools

Oregon State law requires that all pesticide applications made in schools (both public and private) be completed by a fully licensed applicator. Pesticides applied must be "low-impact" and schools must implement IPM practices.​

Source: ODA

May 01, 2015
Cleaning for Asthma-Safer Schools Reduces Asthma Risk, Saves Money

The NIOSH Science blog addresses preventative strategies to reduce asthma risk in schools, May 21, 2015.

Source: NIOSH

Nov 01, 2014
Healthy Cleaning and Asthma-Safer Schools: A How to Guide

This guide helps school districts transition to asthma-safer products and practices. Any time the Guide uses the term “asthma-safer,” it refers to products and methods that help prevent asthma or asthma symptoms.

Source: CDPH

Dec 01, 2012
NIOSH Alert: Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and other Nonindustrial Buildings

Owners, employers, or occupants should use the following approaches to minimize the likelihood of persistent building dampness and subsequent respiratory problems in exposed occupants.

Source: NIOSH

Jan 01, 2012
Mold at School

Information provided by Healthy Schools on health hazards and cleanup of mold in schools.

Source: Healthy Schools Campaign

Jan 01, 2010
Managing Asthma in the School Environment

This document prepared by EPA's Office of Air and Radiation describes ways to manage asthma in the school environment as part of the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools.

Source: EPA

May 01, 2009
The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools

USA Today used an EPA model to track the path of industrial pollution and mapped the locations of almost 128,000 schools to determine the levels of toxic chemicals outside.

Source: USA Today

Feb 01, 2009
Children's Exposure to Elemental Mercury: A National Review of Exposure Events (PDF)

This report, titled "Children’s Exposure to Elemental Mercury: A National Review of Exposure Events," was prepared by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Source: ATSDR