ERIC Number: ED541364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
Dry erase whiteboards come with toxic dry erase markers and toxic cleaning products. Dry erase markers labeled "nontoxic" are not free of toxic chemicals and can cause health problems. Children are especially vulnerable to environmental health hazards; moreover, schools commonly have problems with indoor air pollution, as they are more densely occupied than commercial offices and not well-maintained. Children are at risk for exposures to hazards through breathing, touching, and tasting the world around them, and by working directly with toxic instructional products. Preventing exposures should be a top priority for adults on the job and for children at school. As recommended in this paper, (1) Children should not use permanent or dry erase markers at school or at home; (2) Teachers whose classrooms have whiteboards should use the lowest-odor, small-tip dry erase markers and maintain good ventilation in the classroom; (3) Schools should avoid buying or recommending supplies that contain or require the use of hazardous chemicals: whiteboards, paints, glues, air fresheners, cleaning products, pest control products; and (4) If a child is healthy at home and often sick at school, find out about the environment at school.
Descriptors: Pollution, Olfactory Perception, Animals, Sanitation, Experiments, Annotated Bibliographies, Environmental Influences, Children, Risk, Instructional Materials
Healthy Schools Network, Inc. 773 Madison Avenue 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12208. Tel: 518-462-0632: Fax: 518-462-0433; Web site: http://www.healthyschools.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Healthy Schools Network, Inc.