Resources on Environment and Health for School Administrators
Guide to Less Toxic Products www.lesstoxicguide.ca
Health Canada: Indoor Air Quality – Tools for Schools Action Kit www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/air/tools_school-outils_ecoles/index-eng.php
CASLE has produced streamlined checklists for this Kit. Available on its website: www.casle.ca
Canadians for A Safe Learning Environment (CASLE) www.casle.ca
(numerous resources including information on choosing classroom and art supplies, scent-smart management plan, pest control, air filters, ventilation and air quality testing, modified Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit)
Healthy School Design and Construction, and its Appendix: https://casle.ca/ArticleDetail/tabid/77/smid/413/ArticleID/3/reftab/56/t/Healthy-School-Design-andConstruction-Guidelines-2008-Revision/Default.aspx
Why Children are More Vulnerable to Environmental hazards: https://casle.ca/ArticleDetail/tabid/77/smid/413/ArticleID/149/reftab/36/t/EssentialInformation/Default.aspx
Where Do I Start? Essential Guide to School Air Quality: https://casle.ca/ArticleDetail/tabid/77/smid/413/ArticleID/149/reftab/36/t/EssentialInformation/Default.aspx
The Seven Sins of Greenwashing http://sinsofgreenwashing.org/
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 http://www.acminet.org/index.htm
The Big Five: method for determining environmental impacts on health and performance: https://casle.ca/Portals/0/articles/The-BIG-FIVE.pdf
QUEESI test: A scientifically verified method of determining links between indoor environments and health symptoms. Go to: http://familymed.uthscsa.edu/qeesi.pdf
We Share the Air: Dalhousie University http://environmentalhealthandsafetyoffice.dal.ca/radiatio_1589.html Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/scent_free.html
New Brunswick Lung Association Healthy School Program http://www.nb.lung.ca/schools/ Vehicle-Idle-free Schools see http://www.cleanairpartnership.org/idle_free_for_schools
Women’s Health Matters, Environmental Health Centre at www.womenshealthmatters.ca/centres/environmental/index.html
Healthy Indoors Partnership, Buyers Guide for Professionals and Consumers https://casle.ca/ArticleDetail/tabid/77/smid/413/ArticleID/150/reftab/36/t/Buyers-Guides-forProfessionals-and-Consumers-by-Healthy-Indoors-Partnership-HIP/Default.aspx
Healthy School Handbook, published by the U.S. National Education Association, is highly recommended reading. To order, call (202)822-7252. Give stock number 1863-X-20-E.
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.
Healthy Schools Day in Canada – Journée des écoles saines du Canada Register your project on the Healthy Schools Day’s Project Registry at https://casle.ca/HealthySchoolsDay
Safe Renovation for Schools:
US EPA, Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades. 2015
Health Canada’s guidelines: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/air/fungal-fongique/index-eng.php
AIHA Facts About Mold: https://www.aiha.org/about-ih/Pages/Facts-About-Mold.aspx
Canadian Construction Association, Mould Guidelines: www.cca-acc.com/documents/electronic/cca82/cca82.pdf
“Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments” (otherwise known as “the New York Protocol”) advises against antimicrobial use. For instruction on antimicrobial treatments, see page 9 of the executive summary on http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/epi-mold-guidelines.pdf
Mould Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings: www.epa.gov/iaq
NIOSH alert: Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. November, 2012. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2013-102/pdfs/2013-102.pdf
Pesticide Research and Alternatives at www.casle.ca
Steve Tvedten’s Best Control Site: http://www.thebestcontrol.com/sitemap.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.
Children’s Environmental Health
- Guidelines to Accommodate Students and Staff with Environmental Sensitivities: A Guide for Schools. by Nancy Bradshaw of Women’s College Hospital Environmental Health Clinic and Karen Robinson of Canadians for A Safe Learning Environment https://casle.ca/ArticleDetail/tabid/77/smid/413/ArticleID/151/reftab/56/Default.aspx
- Understanding how school environments affect health and learning ability: power point presentation, CASLE, December, 2011 at casle.ca
- Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment healthyenvironmentforkids.ca
- Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment cape.ca
- Toronto Public Health toronto.ca/health/hphe/children.htm
- Pollution Probe http://www.pollutionprobe.org/education/