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A Checklist for School Districts Addressing the Needs of Students with Asthma
Type: Checklist
Summary: This is a checklist intended for school administrators and for use in identifying the school's asthma management program.
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ABC's of Asbestos in Schools
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Response Plans
Summary: This is a 20-page document that can "help parents and teachers answer questions and learn the facts about asbestos in schools. It also outlines the responsibilities of school boards and other school officials toprotect school children and employees from possi...
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ABC's of Healthy Schools
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet
Summary: This is brief brochure provides suggestions for creating a voice for children and creating healthy school environments.
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ABC's of IPM Implementation in your School District
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - Response Plans
Summary: This flow chart simplifies the process of IPM.
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America's Children and the Environment (ACE)
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: America’s Children and the Environment brings together, in one place, quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies...
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Art Safety Training Guide
Type: List - Manual/Handbook - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - Web site
Summary: This training guide provides basic information for working safely with chemicals and operations in Visual Arts. The guide is intended to supplement, but not replace, the safety orientation for faculty and students in Visual Arts. Included are chapters on pho...
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Asbestos
Type: Fact sheet - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: From the Healthy School Environments portal is a general overview of Asbestos AND links to valuable sites including AHERA and MAP.
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Asbestos in Schools
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: General information on asbestos, information for parents, teacher snd school employees, information for local education agencies and summary of health effects of asbestos are provided in this comprehensive, yet succinctly brief report on asbestos in schools....
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Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan
Type: Manual/Handbook - Response Plans
Summary: This is the MAP (Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan)as it applys to schools and public/commercial buildings.
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Asbestos News
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This is a Web site devoted to information about Mesothelioma and Asbestos exposures. It provides news on recent legislative activities, sources of asbestos exposures, asbestos management and health risks, mesothelioma law and identifies types of mesothelioma....
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Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Final Rule and Notice (HERA)
Type: Manual/Handbook - Response Plans
Summary: This is a copy of the rules and regulations that apply to all local education agencies. This is a 79-page document.
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Asthma and Indoor Environments
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: EPA provides a downloadable "asthma action card" to help customize an asthma action plan including knowing the asthma triggers for children.Links to learning more information on secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, cockroaches and pests, pets and nitrogen diox...
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ATSDR (Agengy for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Language Options - List - Web site
Summary: ATSDR Activities in Illinois are only a portion of the valuable information provided at this website. A glossary, an alphabatized index, news, feature articles,tox FAQ's, toxicological profiles, CERCLS Priority lists of harzardous substances and minimal risk l...
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Back to School Environmental Checklist
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: A broad coalition of educational, environmental, health and civic organizations have just released a 2004 School Environmental Checklist today at media events across the country. The action checklist is designed to help parents, students and teachers identify...
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CHEC's HealtheHouse A Resource for Environmental Health Risks Affecting Children
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - List - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Very interactive site. A virtual house starts the experience, however, explore the products, resources and protecting your kids sections for resources on how to reduce environmental health risks to children in and around the home (and in the classroom).
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Chicago Asthma Facts
Type: Fact sheet - List
Summary: This is a list of referenced asthma lung facts for the Chicago area.
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Child Care IPM (Indiana)
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Some very basic information about IPM in childcare facilities with regulation information for Illinois and Indiana schools.
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Children's Health Month 2006: Promoting Healthy School Environments
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Children spend a significant portion of their time in schools—more than in any other environment other than their homes. Children’s Health Month is a perfect opportunity to learn more about improving the health of your school environments. A link is provided f...
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Cockroach Allergens Have Greatest Impact on Childhood Asthma in Many U.S. Cities
Type: Article/Report
Summary: New results from a nationwide study on factors that affect asthma in inner-city children show that cockroach allergen appears to worsen asthma symptoms more than either dust mite or pet allergens. This research, funded by the National Institute of Environmenta...
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Controlling Lead in Drinking Water for Schools and Day Care Facilities: A Summary of State Programs
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report is designed to identify state programs that address issues of drinking water contamination that arises from the presence of lead. Chidlren are susceptible to adverse health effects from lead and exposure through water in schools and day care facil...
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Cost of IPM in Schools
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Routine pesticide spraying is common in Illinois schools. The costs are varied, yet they can be reduced to provide cost-effective alternatives using IPM.
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Creating Safe Learning Zones: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The Child Proofing Our Communities Campaign was established two years ago as part of a nationwide coalition of grassroots groups working on school-based environmental health issues. The campaign aims to connect local efforts across the country, raise awareness...
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Death of a Child After Ingestion of a Metallic Charm -- Minnesota, 2006
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Lead-based paint remains the most common source of lead exposure for chidlren under 6 years. Lead can be found in candy, folk and traditional medications and metallic toys and trinkets. This article describes an unsuspected source of lead that resulted in the...
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Dictionary of Toxins
Type: Article/Report - Glossary
Summary: This dictionary provides details on toxins, chemistry, affects, and health/environmental concerns.
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Do Indoor Environments in Schools Influence Student Performance? A Review of the Literature.
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 48-page document was released October 2003.
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Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes?
Type: Article/Report
Summary: From acoustics to temperature to air quality, this report addresses conditions of school facilities and how they affect academic objectives. A comprehensive, and linkable, list of resources follows the end of this 24-page pdf.
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Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities Tool Kit
Type: Web site
Summary: Schools and child care centers can find a wealth of information to assist them in their efforts to improve water quality in their facilities. EPA has published guidance on reducing lead in drinking water.
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Ensuring the Health of Schools and Playgrounds
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Schools need to be environmentally healthy places for children to learn and where teachers and other school employees can work. This sit address toxic metals used in school and playground structures, school pesticides and playground toxins as well as schoolsi...
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Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Children's Health
Type: Article/Report - Research - Web site
Summary: Children's Health is addressed through collaborations working as part of ECOS. This includes the National Childhood Asthma Prevention Campaign. They offer a report from the working group of representatives from state health and enviornmental agencies on strat...
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EPA's Asthma Research Results Highlights
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a report, "EPA's Asthma Research Results Highlights," that describes recent advances in scientists' understanding of the factors which cause and exacerbate asthma and that documents ways to reduce the burden...
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Facts on Lead
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Background on lead (basic facts), childhood lead poisoning prevention strategies (in outline form)and current facts and figures.
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Farm to School
Type: Web site
Summary: The National Farm to School Network is a collaborative project with the goal of strengthening and expanding activities in states with existing programs and assisting others that do not yet have programs. As part of their network they provide links to states wi...
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Federal Requirements for Asbestos Management in Schools
Type: Fact sheet - Response Plans
Summary: This is a brief 2-page guideline for information on maintaining compliance with AHERA Requirements for Supeintendents of Schools,Directors, and others involved in asbestos management at schools.
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Food for Thought: Healthy Habits for Back-top Schoolers and Beyond
Type: Article/Report
Summary: As your kids return to the classroom this fall, are they being schooled in unhealthy eating? Here's how to protect their ability to learn by starting with a healthy diet and reducing exposures to brain-damaging toxins. This includes guideslines on what to do t...
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Getting the Lead Out
Type: Article/Report
Summary: How are decision makers looking at the issues of potential pollutants and links to educational difficulties? Lead poisoning symptoms, sources, societal influences and how it affects learning are thoughtfully presented in this 6-page article by Erik Ness.
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Green Flag Program
Type: Case Study - Checklist
Summary: The Green Flag Program is a project of the Child Proofing our Communities Campaign coordinated by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. They offer a start up kit to help school communities learn about the program and its materials describe how to fo...
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Growing Up Healthy
Type: Article/Report - Research - Web site
Summary: The National Children's Study enters the implementation phase today with the release of a Study Plan, outlining objectives, methodologies, and measures related to the first years of the 21-year Study; the announcement of the locations across the United States...
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Guidance for Assessing Exposures and Health Risks at Existing and Proposed School Sites
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: This 71-page document presents methodology for estimating exposure of school users to toxic chemicals found as contaminants at existing and proposed school sites, and the health risks from those exposures. It incorporates exposure factors unique to the school...
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Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects Related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors
Summary: The Univ. of Connecticut and USEPA have released a 120pp report (available as pdf) "Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects Related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors," published by the Center for Indoor Environments and...
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HeadLice.org
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Current lice and scabies news, facts and photos, prevention and treatment, adverse reaction, product problems, education resources and free downloads and more can be accessed through this website.
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Health & Safety in the Arts
Type: Database - Web site
Summary: This site offers a collection of searchable databases for art mediums, studio safety, and health links. The art medium includes ceramics, child art, commercial art, glass art, painting & drawing pigments-preservatives-techniques, photography, printmaking, scul...
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Healthy Schools Campaign
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: The mission of the Healthy Schools Campaign is to advocate for policies and model programs that allow students and staff members to learn and work in a healthy school environment. To accomplish this goal HSC addresses environmental health and school nutrition/...
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Healthy Schools Network, Inc
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A Kids' Page with online activities accompanies this website. An extensive list of internet resources provides access to a large variety of health-related organizations dedicated to healthy school environments and children. If you register you can download a...
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Illinois Law Requires IPM in Childcare Facilities:Factsheet from Safer Pest Control Project
Type: Fact sheet - Response Plans
Summary: Public Act 93-0381 requires all Illinios licensed childcare facilities to use IPM. This fact sheet provides a brief explanation of the requirement.
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Indoor Air Program
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This is a portal to a variety of facts sheets and educational material links. Included are ABC's of Secondhand Smoke, Air Quality EnvironMinutes, Community Leader Kit for Women and Children, Sick Building Syndrome, Pesticides, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide,...
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Indoor Air Quality Position Statement
Type: Article/Report
Summary: "It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses that supporting evidence-based indoor air quality policies promotes occupant health and educational success. The school nurse is in a unique position to work with administration, staff, teachers,...
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Is Lead hiding here?
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: What is lead, why should we care, sources of lead poisoning and symptoms of lead poisoning as well as research links are provided.
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Know Where Lead Might be Hiding
Type: Checklist
Summary: Visual representation in a schematic house of places to look for lead.
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Lead Paint Assistance/enforcement
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A list of resources from EPA including "Protect Your Family from Lead in your Home" that is offered in six languages.
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Lead: Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This very short glossary links to ATSDR and MMWR for comprehensive glossaries.
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Lead: Topic Home
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Lead is a soft, heavy, blue-gray metal. It occurs naturally in the earth’s crust, and human activities such as burning fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing have spread it throughout the environment, including our homes and workplaces. Fact sheets on lead,...
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Little Green Schoolhouse
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: One in five Americans—55 million people—spend their days in K–12 schools. Besides the students, they are teachers, administrators, nurses, janitors, and parent volunteers. This report—a product of a one year intensive focus on a plethora of issues involving sc...
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Maryland Department of the Environment Land Programs
Type: Article/Report - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: To protect human health and preserve and restore land and water resources, MDE implements various programs ensuring the control and proper disposal of waste, managing lead paint compliance activities, assuring that oil is handled in an environmentally safe man...
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Mercury and Schools
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury and schools is a risky combination! A packet of nine new brochures has been developed to help school personnel identify mercury sources and reduce or remove the risk of a mercury spill. Mercury may be found in many different places throughout a school,...
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Mercury in Your Community and the Environment (A Wisconsin Curriculum)
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Facts, lessons, activites and links to national standards accompany general information on mercury in our world and known health issues. This also addresses cultural and religious uses of mercury as well as some of its unique properties.
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Mercury Ordinances/Resolutions
Type: List
Summary: This portion of the Health Care Without Harm website lists state laws, local ordinances and resolutions from throughout the United States banning the manufacture, sale or distribution of mercury-containing devices. This list includes links to the actual text...
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Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
Type: Article/Report - Glossary - Manual/Handbook - Response Plans
Summary: Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold...
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National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Resolution on Asthma Management at School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This is a position statement that encourages asthma management measures.
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New England Asthma Regional Council (ARC)
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: The mission of the New England Asthma Regional Council is "To reduce the impact of asthma across New England, through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations with particular focus on the contribution of schools, homes, and...
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Outdoor Air Pollution
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Web site
Summary: With emphasis on asthma in children, this provides some basic information and actions to take to reduce irritations and asthma episodes.
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Parent's Guide to Safer Pest Management in Schools (English)
Type: Fact sheet - Language Options
Summary: This fact sheet identifies some of the primary concerns for pest control and laws that parents need to know.This is available in English and Spanish.
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Parent's Guide to Safer Pest Management in Schools (Spanish)
Type: Fact sheet - Language Options
Summary: This fact sheet identifies some of the primary concerns for pest control and laws that parents need to know.This is available in English and Spanish.
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Pest Control in Schools and Child Care Centers (Spanish)
Type: Fact sheet - Language Options
Summary: This fact sheet is designed to help Spanish-speaking parents understand the concerns for IPM.
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Pesticides in Schools and Childcares: What are the health risks?
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: A two-page announcement that identifies some of the primary concerns about pesticide exposure in schools and childcare facilities.
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Playing with Poison: Lead Poisoning Hazards of Children's Product Recalls 1990-2004
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 22-page document (pdf) reviews appropriate legislation and acts, provides facts and statistics and identifies surprisingly common toys and children’s products that have been recalled for lead hazards (including vending machine jewelry). The table of cont...
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Practical Guide to Management of Common Pests in Schools
Type: Checklist - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This manual is designed to help school officials understand the principles of Integrated Pest Management and to aid them in implementing those principles into a comprehensive pest control program in their facilities. This is available as a 31-page pdf.
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Protecting Children's Health Slide Show
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This slide show provides a short (19 slides) position on environmental factos contributing to childhood health and diseases.
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Providing Safety & Hazard Information for the Arts
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: "ACTS is a not-for-profit corporation that provides health,safety, industrial hygiene, technical services and safety publications to the arts, crafts, museums, and theater communities." They offer a valuable selection of data sheets on a variety of art-related...
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Reducing Asthma Triggers in Schools: Recommendations for Effective Policies, Regulations and Legislation
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report is a summary of recommendations for effective policies, regulations and legislation under consider or being created. The recommendations consider ventilation, maintenance, chemicals and products, design-construction-renovation, and the full recomm...
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Resources and References for Safe Healthy Schools
Type: Checklist - Web site
Summary: This list offers parents helpful tips and resources to address any environmental hazards found in schools.
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Safe Schools
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: Safe Schools, a project supported by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs to help schools reduce risk from occupational safety and health hazards. The project is administered through the Public...
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School Health Index
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: The School Health Index is a self-assessment planning guide that will enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your school's policies and programs for promoting health and safety, develop an action plan for improving student health and safety,...
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School-Based Study of Complex Environment al Exposures and Related Health Effects in Children (Part A) Exposure
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: The objectives of this study are to (1) document complex exposure patterns involving multiple acute exposures and exposures to chemical mixtures for school children (K - 5) from two low-income, racially diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, (2) examine tempora...
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Schools Learn to Protect Students, Staff from Exposure to Asbestos Hazards
Type: Article/Report - Response Plans
Summary: Asbestos is still a presence in public buildings, including schools. This six-page report describes issues of asbestos, AHERA and the rules that need to be observed, and it provides guidelines for development of an Asbestos Management Plan. Published Septemb...
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Screening for Young Children for Lead Poisoning: Guidance for State and Local Public Health Officials
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 205-page document is available as a PDF and it contains guidelines and suggestions for lead poisoning prevention, statewide plans for childhood blood lead screening, role of child health-care providers and resources. Appendices provides facts and figures...
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Setting a New Syllabus: Environmental Health Science in the Classroom
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Environmental health is a subject that has only relatively recently become prominent in the social consciousness. Even as its significance becomes known, finding ways to integrate the subject into education for primary and secondary students is difficult becau...
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Silent Scourge: Children, Pollution and Why Scientists Disagree
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction

AuthorColleen Moore

ISBN019515391

Colleen Moore’s book identifies a troubling body of evidence. She shows how environmental pollution places an increasing and quantifiable burden on the education of American children. The book...

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Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey 2003
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report presents both age-adjusted and unadjusted statistics from the 2003 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) on selected health measures for children under 18 yesars of age, classified by sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, family structure, parent's ed...
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Teacher's Guide to Indoor Air Quality
Type: Checklist - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Glossary - List - Manual/Handbook
Summary: The National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center (NSC's EHC) and the US EPA have developed a Teacher's Guide to Indoor Air Quality. This guide is an excellent companion tool to accompany the IAQ Tools for Schools. The guide provides worksheets and an...
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Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children's Health Database
Type: Database - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This is a searchable database, called TEACH (Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children's Health), with over 1,400 references to chemicals that have the potential to affect children's environmental health. The database is designed to improve the informatio...
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U.S. EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools For Schools Kit
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: Twenty percent of the U.S. population spends their days in elementary and secondary schools. And while most parents and teachers would probably accuse schools of being germ factories, that persistent cough and sniffles may not be the result of the latest bug g...
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Wood Working Toxic Woods
Type: Database
Summary: This is a searchable database of Health and Safety information for artists that identifies wood types, reaction types and sites, potency, source of irritant and the incidence. This identifies 46 different woods, both exotics and native woods.
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