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Healthy School Environments

Safe Chemical Management in Schools

More than 53 million children and about 6 million adults spend a significant portion of their days in more than 120,000 public and private school buildings. Many of these buildings are old and in poor condition, and may contain environmental conditions that inhibit learning and pose increased risks to the health of children and staff. The healthy school environments web site is designed to provide one-stop access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools.

Toolkit for Safe Chemical Management

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The EPA's web-based tool kit helps schools and school districts start or improve their chemical management programs. Schools and school districts can use these tools to design programs that reduce chemical hazards by: 

  • Removing inappropriate, outdated, unknown and unnecessary chemicals from schools;
  • Preventing future chemical mismanagement issues in schools through training, curriculum and policy change, and long-term management solutions; and
  • Raising awareness of chemical issues in schools and promoting sustainable solutions.
For more information about this resource, please visit the Toolkit for Safe Chemical Management.
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EPA has assembled a variety of resources on the safe handling of chemicals in schools and school districts including:

  • General resources,
  • Developing a program,
  • Chemical use and management, and
  • Outreach.


For more information please visit the Resources page.



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