Commit to building the school and community partnerships that put a high priority on chemical clean outs and other precautionary steps.
Many states have created resources to help schools do chemical clean-outs and to provide staff training because of accidents such as mercury spills and lab injuries. They can be allies and partners for school safety. See US EPA Safe Chemical Management in Schools.
- Dangerous Chemicals You Don't Want to See in a School or Child Care Center (ppt)
- Hazards in High Schools and Middle Schools
- School Chemical Cleanout presentation (PDF) Peaks to Praries P2 Webinar January 13, 2010
- It avoids waste, reduces hazards and saves money on inventory duplication.
- It saves time searching for non-inventoried chemicals.
- You avoid accumulating products that cost time and money for expensive hazardous waste disposal.
- It makes sure that hazards are accounted for.
- The wise use of chemicals (purchasing, storage, labeling, and disposal) reduces injuries and prevents costly property damage.
- It sets a high standard everyone can trust for health security and safety.
- It prevents explosions, chemical spills, fires, and poisoning.