ERIC Number: ED445483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Pesticides in Schools: Reducing the Risks.
New York State Office of the Attorney General, Albany.
This report presents findings of state-wide use of pesticides in New York public schools along with a description of the survey, information about the potential dangers of these chemicals, and the steps schools and communities can take to minimize pesticide use. Findings show that 87 percent of New York's schools use pesticides that contain chemicals which may cause immediate or long-term health problems, but only limited precautions are observed. New York City schools reported posting signs only for insecticides applied by "fogging." Students and parents often are unaware of their being exposed to these chemicals. Recommendations include that schools adopt least toxic pest management policies and practices and put these into practice; warning signs should be used before and after pesticide applications along with information about what pesticides are being applied, where, how, why, and by whom; pesticides should be applied by certified personnel; and schools should not use pesticides containing known carcinogens for merely aesthetic purposes, such as lawn care. Appendices provide lists of New York schools that completed the pesticide survey, some active pesticide ingredients reported used by schools, and some sources of information about integrated pest management. (GR)
Full text: http://www.oag.state.ny.us/environment/schools96.html.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Attorney General, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York