SUB-PROBLEMS INCLUDING LEADING TO IMPAIRMENT AND BEST PRACTICES FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES AND PEOPLE
The top five sources of injuries in schools are trips and falls (40%), playgrounds (25%), gym class (12%), industrial arts (8%), and science laboratories (6%). Some 200,000 children aged 14 and younger are treated at emergency hospitals for playground-related injuries each year. Approximately 45% of the injuries are severe. Many of non-fatal injuries are related to the playground equipment in public playgrounds, while most occur at schools and day care centers.
There are intentional injuries, many of them due to bullying and other forms of violence, and also unintentional injuries. Bullying causes a significant number of students to seek emergency room help for physical injuries while much is unknown about the mental problems caused. (See School Environment in Chapter 4, “Children’s Environmental Health Issues” for an extensive discussion of the nature of the school injury problem for children and the potential problems for adults working within this occupational environment. There is also an extensive discussion of Best Practices in that chapter.) (Also see endnote 19.)