Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Hazards, Environmental, in Schools
Linda K. Lemasters
There is potential for many environmental hazards in schools: asbestos, radon, airborne mold and mildew, poor ventilation, odors and noxious chemicals, cleaning agents, improperly maintained air filters, dust, lead, mercury, and carbon monoxide, to name a few. The following will review some of the most frequently noted hazards, with information about them. Every state has its own set of agencies that have some control of the drinking water of a school. Knowledge of these agencies and their regulations is important, especially if the school is on well water rather than water provided by the locality. Water may be contaminated with lead, mercury, or organic and inorganic compounds. Periodic testing will identify the safety level of the water. Personnel should be trained to take the water samples without contamination of the sample. States provide a complete set of waterworks regulations to the school organizations. These regulations include procedures, emergency information, enforcement ...