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Title: Chemical Management Resource Guide for School Administrators

URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/pubs/chemmgmt/

Abstract: This practical guide (and video) can help your school reduce the use of dangerous chemicals and install safer chemical management practices. It is aimed especially at helping school administrators to set policies that protect against dangerous chemical exposures. It is also aimed at helping parents and concerned citizens to determine if their children's schools are minimizing potential exposure to dangerous chemicals.

The Chemical Management Resource Guide for School Administrators is designed primarily for school administrators (principals and other policymakers), but may also be of value to teachers, maintenance personnel, superintendents, school business officials, insurance industry risk managers, and parents. This document is intended to aid K-12 public school districts and private, religious, and independent schools and school system policymakers in reducing dangerous chemical use and implementing responsible chemical management practices. Institutionalizing such practices will help to minimize the incidence of chemical spills, exposures, and emergency scenarios in schools. This document focuses on broad policy considerations that EPA recommends school administrators consider implementing to properly manage and use chemicals.

The Chemical Management Resource Guide for School Administrators is part of EPA's Healthy School Environments Initiative. The Healthy School Environments website serves as a gateway to on-line resources to help school administrators, teachers, facility managers and other staff, and parents address environmental health issues in schools. This document is also an integral part of the EPA Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) toolkit. The goals of the SC3 are to: remove potentially harmful chemicals from schools; emphasize the implementation of preventive programs such as chemical management training for lab instructors; and raise national awareness of the issue of chemicals in schools. The ultimate goal of the SC3 is to create a chemically safer school environment in which chemicals are purchased wisely, stored safely, handled by trained personnel, used responsibly, and disposed of properly.

For additional information, contact your EPA Regional Office or consult on-line resources to understand environmental health issues in schools, such as EPA's SC3 and EPA's HealthySEAT, another tool developed by EPA as a resource to address chemical management and other environmental, safety, and health issues. When implemented effectively, chemical management promotes awareness about the range of chemicals and products used in schools and creates a healthier and safer atmosphere for school occupants and the surrounding environment.

Source: U.S. EPA

Date of Publication: March 2007

Resource Type: Manual/Handbook - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours

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