State law encourages districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and to reduce chemical exposure in schools.
Green Steps Chemical Posters
Posters regarding proper storage and disposal of chemicals in school buildings.
Indiana Administrative Code 357 1-16-7 Pesticide storage restrictions
Pesticides stored at schools must be in:
(1) the original pesticide container or a clearly labeled service container, as described in 357 IAC 1-14-3;
(2) a locked area or cabinet clearly marked as pesticide storage; and
(3) an area separated by a solid wall from areas where:
(A) food is stored;
(B) food is served; or
(C) students have access.
Indiana Administrative Code 410 33-4-8 Chemicals
(a) Student exposure to chemicals must be kept to a minimum. When evaluating student exposures, the more stringent of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) limits or Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) limits must be used.
(b) Where chemicals are used during class, such as, but not limited to, chemistry, biology, and shop classes, appropriate ventilation, such as a local exhaust system, must be used to minimize students' exposure to these chemicals.
(c) The school shall adopt and enforce a policy that minimizes student and staff exposure to chemicals.