Your School Environment - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

benjamin
your school environment l.
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Your School Environment PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Your School Environment

play fullscreen
1 / 16
Download Presentation
Your School Environment
698 Views
Download Presentation

Your School Environment

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

  1. Your School Environment An Ounce of Prevention For A Healthier School

  2. What is your school environment?

  3. A Healthy School Environment is • NECESSARY • POSSIBLE

  4. A Good Way to Achieve a Healthy School Environment Implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) Approach to School Environmental Health

  5. School EMS: The “Ounce of Prevention” Approach • What is a School EMS? • What are the benefits of a school EMS? • What would an EMS for my school look like? • How can my school adopt an EMS?

  6. What is a School Environmental Management System? • A way to assess and continually improve the environment • Not a SCARY Process • Work in a stepwise fashion to address a school environment in an integrated and comprehensive way

  7. Basic EMS Approach to Continual Improvement PLAN ACT DO CHECK

  8. Some Benefits of a School EMS • Reduce HAZARDS to students, teachers, staff, visitors in schools • Reduce Liability (reduce insurance costs???) • Increase Environmental Stewardship • Improve Communications • Improve Relationships • Parents / Administration • Teachers / Administration

  9. What Might a School EMS Look Like?NOT ALL AT ONCE • Develop an environmental policy • Self-audit • Use a pollution prevention approach • Training / awareness / competence • On-going evaluation / improvement • Improve communications • One step at a time!!!!!

  10. Some Elements to Consider in the Self-Audit • Indoor Air Quality • Use of Pesticides (inside & outside) • Presence of Hazardous Chemicals • In classrooms • In janitor’s closets, boiler rooms, garages • Fire prevention • Food safety • Radon • Spills / Emergency Response plans • Diesel bus idling policy • Pollution Prevention / Waste Management

  11. Helpful Hints for Building a School EMS • Use Team Approach • Pace Yourself • Don’t Re-Invent the Wheel • Make use of existing resources • IAQ Tools for Schools Program • School IPM Program • Food Safety Program • Waste Wise Program • Go with your strengths

  12. How Can My School Adopt an EMS? • Identify people who sense the need • Educate yourselves (great resources available) • Figure out who else needs to be involved • Convince, cajole, coerce them to join • Just Do It !

  13. Resources for Schools • Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schoolswww.epa.gov/iaq/schools • Integrated Pest Managementwww.epa.gov/pesticides/ipm • Mercury www.mercury-k12.org/www.mercuryinschools.uwex.edu/

  14. EPA Resources on CEH • www.epa.gov/children • Tips to Protect Children from Environmental Threats (www.epa.gov/children/whatwe/tips.htm) • Engage Youth in Children's Environmental Health Protection (www.epa.gov/children/whatwe/engage.pdf)

  15. A Healthy School = A Healthy You Just Do It!

  16. Please feel free to contact me for more information, or to suggest ways we may be able to partner in activities that will have a positive impact on children’s health Maryann Suero Regional Team Manager, Children’s Health US Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 77 W. Jackson Blvd, T-13J Chicago, IL 60604 (312) 886-9077 suero.maryann@epa.gov