Quick Resource Guide – Healthy Schools
Canadians for A Safe Learning Environment (CASLE) receives many requests for information on such topics as less-toxic cleaning agents, Scent-Free programs, less harmful materials/methods for renovations, and identifying and solving unhealthy building conditions. We hope this information helps you find what you need and we invite you to circulate it.
- CASLE’s website, articles, video, presentations, classroom materials on Healthy Schools: www.casle.ca
- Indoor Air Quality: Tools for Schools IAQ Action Kit – VERY USEFUL kit for use by school staff, students or others to improve school Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Health Canada’s version is on line at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/air/tools_school-outils_ecoles/index_e.html. It can also be found by calling (613)954-7612 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. CASLE’s streamlined checklists can be found at www.casle.ca
Also, the US EPA’s Design Tools for Schools (for new or renovated schools) can be found here: www.epa.gov/iaq/schooldesign
- Healthy School Design and Construction explains the design and construction of Healthy School buildings, including how to choose non-toxic products and materials, choosing a good building site, Draft Building Readiness Guidelines, and much more. The Appendix contains excellent additional information. www.casle.ca
- Guidelines to Accommodate Students and Staff with Environmental Sensitivities: A Guide for Schools
By Women’s College Hospital’s Environmental Health Clinic and CASLE. Approximately 1 million Canadians, many of whom are students or staff of schools, have been diagnosed with EI/MCS. This guide explains how to fully integrate them into your community. www.womenscollegehospital.ca.
- The School Administrator’s Guide to a Healthy School: for principals and VPs, experienced and new, at www.casle.ca
- Mold Remediation guidelines. See:
- Health Canada’s Guidelines: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/publications/healthy-living-vie-saine/mould-moisissure/alt/mould-moisissures-eng.pdf and www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
- CMHC: http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/grho/moaiprre/moaiprre_005.cfm and https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/ab/cayoho/upload/68360_w_ACC.pdf
- The Canadian Construction Association mould guidelines: www.cca-acc.com or www.cca-acc.com/mould/index.html
- NY Guidelines: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/epi-mold-guidelines.pdf
- US EPA guidelines: www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/mold_remediation.html
- NIOSH: Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings. www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2013-102/pdfs/2013-102R.pdf
- The New Brunswick Lung Association’s Healthy School webpage is temporarily off line. Check for videos on school Indoor Air Quality: how to do a building walk-through, and Scent-Free schools. www.nb.lung.ca
- Cleaning for Health: Products and Practices for a Safer indoor Environment. Culver et al., 2002, www.informinc.org/cleanforhealth.php.
- Pest Control: Steve Tvedten’s Best Control Site: www.stephentvedten.com/Stephen_Tvedten.htm
Or, Pest Control in the School Environment. Texas Structural Pest Control Board, P.O. Box 9536-172, Austin, Texas. Prepared in conjunction with the US EPA. See: Pesticide Research and Alternatives at www.casle.ca.
- Teachers: Use the Indoor Air Quality lesson plans available on the US National Education Association’s website www.neahin.org/assets/pdfs/iaq_lesson_plans.pdf
- Less Toxic Art Materials Information: McCann, Michael, Phd., CIH, Artist Beware: The Hazards and Precautions of Working with Art and Craft Materials. New York, Watson & Guptill Publishing.Art materials and information: The Art and Creative Materials Institute at www.acminet.org/index.htm
- The Guide to Less Toxic Products from the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia. A guide to the selection of safe personal care products and more. Endorsed by Dr David Suzuki and the Sierra Club. www.lesstoxicguide.ca.
- Indoor Air Quality Handbook. (The best we have ever found!) Spengler, Samet and McCarthy, McGraw-Hill, 2001. ISBN0-07-445549-4
- The Toxic Schoolhouse, an engaging history of environmental health in North American schools, including current status, hazards, and progress, and including a section on CASLE’s work. 2014, Baywood Publishing Co. INC. 26 Austin Avenue, PO Box 337, Amityville, New York 1170.
- The Healthy School Handbook, U.S. National Education Association, highly recommended reading. To order, call (202)822-7252. Give stock number 1863-X-20-E.
- Companies are flocking to be seen as “green” and healthy. How can consumers tell the difference?
- QUEESI test: A scientifically verified method of determining links between indoor environments and health symptoms. Go to: http://familymed.uthscsa.edu/qeesi.pdf
- Understanding Environmental Sensitivities: http://www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca/eng/content/policy-environmental-sensitivities Dr. Meg Sears report to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, 2007
- Health Canada’s free publications, Health and Environment
- Is This Your Child’s World? Rapp, 1996, ISBN 0-553-10513-2. Also, A CD video called Environmentally Sick Schools by Dr. Doris Rapp, Practical Allergy Research Foundation, PO Box 60, Buffalo, N.Y., 14223. (1-800-787-8780) Earlier videos also available.
- Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment, www.cnhhe-rcshe.ca
- Hazardous materials website, California Department of Health: www.dhs.ca.gov/ohb/HESIS/hesispub.htm
- National Research Council Canada’s program for selecting low-emission building materials. http://ia-quest.software.informer.com/1.1/
- Building Materials for the Environmentally Hypersensitive, and other publications from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). (see local listings)
- Envirodesic Certification Program: evaluates products for better Indoor Air Quality. (905) 642-8866
- Environmental Choice Program ECOLOGO: evaluates products for Mother Earth and IAQ. (613) 247-1900.
- Indoor Air Quality in Schools, The Material Specification Guide, and other publication from the Cutter Corporation. (617) 648-8700.
- Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes. Ashford & Miller, NY Van Nostrand & Reinhold, 1998.