Hazardous Materials

Title Abstract Publication Date
PCBs in School? Persistent Chemicals, Persistent Problems. Examines a rapidly emerging base of evidence shows that PCBs can be widely found in caulking and paint in masonry buildings constructed or renovated from about 1950 to the late 1970s. These materials... 12/31/2009
PCBs in Schools and Corporate Responsibility for Remediation: Yorktown Central School District v. Monsanto Company. Asserts that just as concerns about lead and asbestos were raised decades ago, regulators must now act to curtail the dangers associated with PCBs in school building materials and develop a broad... 12/31/2009
PCBs in Schools: What about School Maintenance Workers? Addresses the insufficient consideration of the school maintenance workers and contractors who maintain and replace PCB caulk, even though they may constitute the school population with the highest... 12/31/2009
PCBs: Mandatory Testing in Schools Provides extensive information on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in building caulking before 1977. The effects of PCBs, testing, removal, and mandatory state programs for PCB testing are... 12/31/2010
Pediatric Environmental Health. 2nd Edition. This handbook provides physicians with a tool for identifying, treating, and preventing pediatric environmental health hazards. The 2nd edition includes 10 new chapters addressing a wide range of... 10/31/2003
Physical School Environment. Presents facility-related information from The Centers for Disease Control's 2006 School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS). Text, graphs, and tables illustrate percentages of states,... 12/31/2006
Planning for a Healthier School Facility Recommends that facility planners and managers specify low-emitting nontoxic products, called source control, for healthier schools. Reviews VOCs, children and poor indoor air quality, chemicals in... 05/31/2012
Playgrounds and Arsenic Wood. This guide offers some facts about Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) treated lumber used in playgrounds, the New York State Law, and resources for further information. 12/31/2002
Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. This pocket guide includes the following: 1) Chemical Names, synonyms, trade names, conversion factors, CAS, RTECS, and DOT Numbers; 2) NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limits; 3) Occupational Safety and... 12/31/2004
Poisoned Playgrounds: Arsenic in 'Pressure-Treated' Wood. This study of 180 pressure-treated wood samples shows that treated wood is a much greater source of arsenic exposure for children than arsenic-contaminated drinking water. The report determines that... 04/30/2001
Poisoned Schools: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions. A Report of the Child Proofing Our Communities: Poisoned School Campaign. This report embodies the findings of several studies, which conclude that America's schools have fallen into disrepair and sometimes present students and teachers with an unhealthy, unsafe, or... 02/28/2001
Pollution Prevention Measures for Safer School Laboratories. Advises on maintaining the chemical inventory, chemical purchasing, storage, labeling, waste minimization, laboratory ventilation, protective equipment, and spill prevention and cleanup. Includes 16... 01/31/2006
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Indoor Air: Source Investigation and Remedial Approach for a Public School Building in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. Describes the testing for and removal of PCB-bearing material from this school's HVAC system. Includes eight references. 07/31/2008
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Steps to Safe Renovation and Repair Activities. Highlights precautionary measures and best work practices to follow when conducting a repair or renovation in older buildings where PCB-containing caulk could be encountered or where it is assumed... 12/31/2009
Potential Exposure to Lead in Artificial Turf: Public Health Issues, Actions, and Recommendations. Discusses concerns over potentially high lead levels in artificial sports turf, as indicated by tests on fields in New Jersey. Information on the presence of lead in various types of fibers,... 06/17/2008
Predicted Concentrations in New Relocatable Classrooms of Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Standard and Alternate Interior Finish Materials. Reports on a laboratory study evaluating emissions of toxic and/or odorous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used to finish the interiors of new relocatable classrooms. The study implemented a... 07/17/2001
Preparing for an EPA Inspection and Avoiding Common Mistakes. Discusses how a higher education facility can prepare for an Environmental Protection Agency inspection with some quick topics designed to smooth the process. Tips include determining if waste is... 06/30/2000
Preventing Exposure to PCBs in Caulking Material Summarizes the threat of PCB's in building caulk, used before 1978. Advice on testing, avoiding exposure, and protection during removal is included. 08/31/2009
Preventing Mercury Pollution. Discusses mercury pollution as a source of many of today's school closings and provides insight for developing a spill response plan as well as hints for reducing mercury pollution occurrences. 06/30/2001
Proper Maintenance, Removal, and Disposal of PCB-Containing Fluorescent Light Ballasts. The U.S. Environmental Agency recommends removal of all pre-1979 flourescent light ballasts in schools to prevent accidental exposure of occupants to highly toxic polychlorinate biphenyls (PCB's... 12/31/2010
Protocol for Addressing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Caulking Materials in School Buildings. Advises on testing and abatement of PCB-laden caulk typically found in school applications from 1950 to 1977. Caulk that is in place and fallen into the soil are potential sources of contamination.... 05/31/2007
Public Health Levels for PCBs in Indoor School Air. Explains the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prudent public health levels for PCB exposures that are below the amount that is considered to cause harm. An explanation of how school PCB... 12/31/2008
Questions and Answers CCA-Treated Wood. Discusses safety issues concerning the use of CCA, chromated copper arsenate, a chemical preservative that is used to protect wood from being destroyed by microbes and insects, on outdoor playground... 01/31/2002
Radiation Effects: Implications for Educational Facility Planning. Some of the available research on the effects of electromagnetic and electrostatic radiation on organisms is summarized and how these findings may influence designers and users of learning... 12/31/1989
Radon in Schools: What You Need to Know. Slides from a webinar that provided a basic overview of radon as an environmental health threat. Includes a practical look at how Colorado Springs School District 11 applied the IAQ Tools For Schools... 08/23/2011