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The US EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage the key environmental, safety, and health issues in their school facilities. This program, Healthy Seat, helps track over 400 items which can be measured within the school programs and facilities. It can be customized to any specific school district. Some of the problem areas and programs discussed include integrated pest management in schools, asbestos, school chemical clean-out campaigns, indoor air quality tools for schools, problems of exposure to sunlight, school bus retrofit and anti-idling programs, lead in drinking water, lead-based paint programs, asthma programs, mercury, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals.

Areas of evaluation in the school environment include chemical management, asbestos management, carbon monoxide, lead-based paint, lead in water, mercury, PCBs, radioactive materials, hazardous materials, non-hazardous materials, pesticide use, drinking water, wastewater, general injuries, traffic problems, occupational injuries and illness, fire safety, custodial areas, laboratories and science classrooms, hazard communications, ventilation systems, food protection, copy rooms, building, roof and floor structure, playgrounds, construction and renovation areas, buses, and bus safety.

 
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