State law requires districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and/or to reduce chemical exposure in schools.
Ohio Administrative Code 901:5-11-14. Integrated pest management standard.
(A) This rule shall apply to persons involved in developing and implementing integrated pest management (IPM) activities for non-agricultural uses in this state. This includes pesticide businesses, school personnel, or any other individuals conducting IPM activities. In order to be considered an IPM activity under this rule, the activity shall include the elements set out in paragraph (B) of this rule. (B) Persons developing and implementing IPM activities shall do all of the following: (1) Conduct a comprehensive site assessment of the property for which the IPM activity is being developed. This assessment shall identify the: (a) Structural, mechanical, storage or sanitation conditions that are producing or could produce pest problems, including pest entry points and areas prone to pest harborage; (b) Type and extent of pest activity; which may be determined by using monitoring devices when practical; and (c) Potential impacts presented by the pests to humans, domestic animals and environment. (2) Determine with the entity contracting for service: (a) Structural, mechanical, storage, or sanitation-related measures that will aid in long-term prevention, elimination or control of pests; (b) Priorities for pest control and elimination; (c) Whether chemical control is necessary to prevent, eliminate, or control pests; and (d) The most effective measures, application products, and methods that will result in control of pests while minimizing exposure to humans, domestic animals and the environment. (3) Establish with the entity contracting for service a strategy, schedule, and specific recommendations for ongoing site monitoring and assessment to resolve short term and long-term control or elimination of pest problems consistent with this paragraph. (4) Evaluate the results of implementing the IPM activity in accordance with a time frame agreed to with the entity contracting for service. The evaluation shall include a re-assessment of the site and consider whether: (a) Correction of structural, mechanical, storage, or sanitation problems was completed and effective; (b) Methods used to prevent, control, and eliminate pests at the site were effective; (c) Risks of exposure to humans, domestic animals, and the environment were sufficiently minimized; and (d) Other measures, products, or methods should be chosen for future pest management and control.
Ohio Administrative Code 901:5-11-15 Pesticide use in schools.
(C) Any school subject to this rule shall:
- (1) Develop a policy whereby parents or guardians of minor children, adult students, faculty and staff who are enrolled or employed at the school may request and receive prior notifications of service visits during which pesticide may be applied at the school. The method of prior notifications shall be determined by the school and may include but shall not be limited to e-mail and listserv methods; and
- (2) Designate a school employee to serve as a contact person for pesticide applications made at the school. This contact person shall maintain for inspection by the director or their authorized representative:
- (a) Records provided to the contact person pursuant to paragraph (B)(4) of this rule. The records shall be maintained for a period of one year following the date of the pesticide application; and
- (b) Documentation that requested notifications were made pursuant to the school policy established under paragraph (C)(1) of this rule.