ERIC Number: ED437824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pesticides: Use, Effects, and Alternatives to Pesticides in Schools. Report to the Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate.
Wood, David G.
A government study investigated the federal requirements and existing information governing pesticide use in schools, what data exists on health problems associated with short- and long-term use, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state responses to reduce pesticide usage around schools. Findings reveal no federal regulations exist regarding pesticide use involving schools, and while schools are required to use pesticides according to provisions on the labels, the instructions do not protect children differently than anyone else. No comprehensive information exists on the amount of pesticides used in the nation's public schools, and data on pesticide linkage to illnesses is also limited. The EPA and states have taken initiatives over the last decade to reduce pesticide use in schools by employing alternative pest management strategies, commonly referred to as integrated pest management (IPM). The EPA has encouraged schools to adopt IPMs since the early 1990s, including providing financial support to some state and school districts and developing manuals and education kits. Six states have mandated IPM use in their schools. Appendices provide a list of states' legislation and requirements on the use of pesticides in schools as of September 1999, comments from the EPA, and information on the study's scope and methodology. (GR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Pesticides, Pests, Public Schools, School Safety
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013. Tel: 202-512-6000; Fax: 202-512-6061 (first copy free, $2.00 each additional copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.