Hawaii - Chemical Hazards: Prohibitions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and to reduce chemical exposure in schools.

H.R.S. §321-26.5 Environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for use in public schools; approved list of products.

(a) The department of health shall maintain a list of products that have been approved by the Green Seal program for public school facilities to use as a first preference guideline when purchasing and using environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products; provided that the department may add or remove any product from the list as deemed necessary by the director.

(b) The department shall review and evaluate existing research regarding environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products, including any research and guidance issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.


H.R.S. §302A-1509 Environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for use in public schools.

The department of education shall require that all public school facilities give first preference, where feasible, to the purchase and use of environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products that have been approved by the Green Seal program pursuant to section 321-26.5, for use in public school facilities:

  • (1) To clean hard surfaces in bathrooms such as counters, walls, floors, fixtures, basins, tubs, or tile;

  • (2) To eliminate dirt and stains on rugs and carpeting;

  • (3) For routine cleaning of hard surfaces, including impervious flooring such as concrete or tile; provided that this category shall not include:

    • (A) Products intended primarily to strip, polish, or wax floors; or

    • (B) Cleaners intended primarily for cleaning toilet bowls, dishes, laundry, upholstery, or wood;

  • (4) To clean glass, windows, mirrors, or metallic or polished surfaces;

  • (5) For routine, non-specialized hand cleaning;

  • (6) Paper towels or other paper used for cleaning; provided that this category shall not include toilet paper, facial tissue, or paper towels used for drying hands; and

  • (7) Other categories as identified in the department of health.

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