New Jersey - Chemical Hazards: Prohibitions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

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

New Jersey Administrative Code 7:30-13.3 Integrated pest management coordinator

(a) Each local school board of a school district, each board of trustees of a charter school, and each principal or lead administrator of a private school, as appropriate, shall designate an IPM coordinator to implement the IPM Plan.

    1. The IPM coordinator shall be responsible for:
      • i. Implementing the IPM Policy and Plan;
      • ii. Maintaining information about the school or school district's school IPM Policy and Plan, and about pesticide applications on the school property of the school or the schools within the school district;
      • iii. Acting as a contact for inquiries about the school IPM Policy and Plan;
      • iv. Maintaining material safety data sheets, when available, and labels for all pesticides that are used on the school property of the school or of the schools in the school district;

New Jersey Revised Statutes 13:1F-25. Permitted use of certain pesticides; notice

7.a.  If a local school board, board of trustees of a charter school or principal or chief administrator of a private school, as appropriate, determines that a pesticide, other than a low impact pesticide, must be used on school property, a pesticide may be used only in accordance with this section.

b.  At least 72 hours before a pesticide, other than a low impact pesticide, is used on school property, the local school board, the board of trustees of a charter school, or the principal or chief administrator of a private school, as appropriate, shall provide to a parent or guardian of each student enrolled at the school and each staff member of the school, notice that includes:

  • (1)  the common name, trade name, and federal Environmental Protection Agency registration number of the pesticide;
  • (2)  a description of the location of the application of the pesticide;
  • (3)  a description of the date and time of application, except that, in the case of outdoor pesticide applications, one notice shall include three dates, in chronological order, on which the outdoor pesticide applications may take place if the preceding date is canceled;
  • (4)  a statement that The Office of Pesticide Programs of the United States Environmental Protection Agency has stated: “Where possible, persons who potentially are sensitive, such as pregnant women, infants, and children, should avoid any unnecessary pesticide exposure”;
  • (5)  a description of potential adverse effects of the pesticide based on the material safety data sheet, if available, for the pesticide;
  • (6)  a description of the reasons for the application of the pesticide;
  • (7)  the name and telephone number of the integrated pest management coordinator for the school or the school district; and
  • (8)  any additional label instruction and precautions related to public safety.

c.  The local school board of a school district, the board of trustees of a charter school, or the principal or chief administrator of a private school, as appropriate, may provide the notice required by subsection b. of this section by:

  • (1)  written notice sent home with the student and provided to each staff member;
  • (2)  a telephone call;
  • (3)  direct contact;
  • (4)  written notice mailed at least one week before the application; or
  • (5)  electronic mail.

d.  If the date of the application of the pesticide must be extended beyond the period required for notice under this section, the local school board, the board of trustees of a charter school, or the principal or chief administrator of a private school, as appropriate, shall reissue the notice required under this section for the new date of application.


New Jersey Revised Statutes 13:1F-25. Permitted use of certain pesticides; notice

7.a.  If a local school board, board of trustees of a charter school or principal or chief administrator of a private school, as appropriate, determines that a pesticide, other than a low impact pesticide, must be used on school property, a pesticide may be used only in accordance with this section.

b.  At least 72 hours before a pesticide, other than a low impact pesticide, is used on school property, the local school board, the board of trustees of a charter school, or the principal or chief administrator of a private school, as appropriate, shall provide to a parent or guardian of each student enrolled at the school and each staff member of the school, notice that includes:

  • (1)  the common name, trade name, and federal Environmental Protection Agency registration number of the pesticide;
  • (2)  a description of the location of the application of the pesticide;
  • (3)  a description of the date and time of application, except that, in the case of outdoor pesticide applications, one notice shall include three dates, in chronological order, on which the outdoor pesticide applications may take place if the preceding date is canceled;
  • (4)  a statement that The Office of Pesticide Programs of the United States Environmental Protection Agency has stated: “Where possible, persons who potentially are sensitive, such as pregnant women, infants, and children, should avoid any unnecessary pesticide exposure”;
  • (5)  a description of potential adverse effects of the pesticide based on the material safety data sheet, if available, for the pesticide;
  • (6)  a description of the reasons for the application of the pesticide;
  • (7)  the name and telephone number of the integrated pest management coordinator for the school or the school district; and
  • (8)  any additional label instruction and precautions related to public safety.

c.  The local school board of a school district, the board of trustees of a charter school, or the principal or chief administrator of a private school, as appropriate, may provide the notice required by subsection b. of this section by:

  • (1)  written notice sent home with the student and provided to each staff member;
  • (2)  a telephone call;
  • (3)  direct contact;
  • (4)  written notice mailed at least one week before the application; or
  • (5)  electronic mail.

New Jersey Revised Statutes 13:1F-22. Development of model school integrated pest management policy

4.a. No later than 12 months after the effective date of this act, the commissioner, in consultation with the Commissioner of Education, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and the New Jersey Cooperative Extension of Rutgers, The State University shall develop a model school integrated pest management policy that is based upon recommended integrated pest management plans for schools disseminated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and that conforms to the rules adopted by the department pursuant to the “Pesticide Control Act of 1971,” P.L. 1971, c. 176 (C.13:1F-1 et seq.).

b. No later than 18 months after the effective date of this act, the superintendent of the school district, for each school in the district, the board of trustees of a charter school, and the principal or chief administrator of a private school, shall adopt and implement a school integrated pest management policy for the school property consistent with the model policy developed pursuant to subsection a. of this section and that complies with the provisions of this act.

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