Healthy School Environments
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mold at School
Information provided by Healthy Schools on health hazards and cleanup of mold in schools.
Source: Healthy Schools Campaign
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.
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
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).