Pennsylvania - Chemical Hazards: Prohibitions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 2002 Act 36 Section 772.2 Notification of Pesticide Treatments at Schools.

(1) Except as provided in clause (3), notification of pesticide treatments shall be as follows:

  • (i) For a pesticide treatment at a school building, the school shall be responsible for all of the following:
    • (A) Posting the pest control sign received under subsection (a)(1) in an area of common access where individuals are likely to view the sign on a regular basis at least seventy-two (72) hours before and for at least two (2) days following each planned treatment.
    • (B) Providing the pest control information sheet received under subsection (a)(1) to every individual working in the school building at least seventy-two (72) hours before each planned treatment.
    • (C) Providing notice, including the name, address and telephone number of the applicator providing the treatment, day of treatment and pesticide to be utilized, to the parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school at least seventy-two (72) hours before each planned treatment as follows:
      • (I) notice to all parents or guardians utilizing normal school communications procedures; or
      • (II) notice to a list of interested parents or guardians who at the beginning of each school year or upon the child’s enrollment requested notification of individual application of pesticides. The school shall provide procedures or materials for such requests to parents and guardians of students. Notification of each pesticide application shall be provided using first class mail or other means deemed appropriate by the school to each parent or guardian requesting notification.
  • (ii) For a pesticide treatment on school grounds, the school shall be responsible for all of the following:
    • (A) Posting the pest control sign received under subsection (a)(2) at the place to be treated at least seventy-two (72) hours before and for two (2) days after the planned treatment.
    • (B) Providing the pest control information sheet received under subsection (a)(2) to every individual working in the school building at least seventy-two (72) hours before each planned treatment.
    • (C) Providing notice, including the name, address and telephone number of the applicator providing the treatment, day of treatment and pesticide to be utilized, to the parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school at least seventy-two (72) hours before each planned treatment as follows:
      • (I) notice to all parents or guardians utilizing normal school communications procedures; or
      • (II) notice to a list of interested parents or guardians who at the beginning of each school year or upon the child’s enrollment requested notification of individual application of pesticides. The school shall provide procedures or materials for such requests to parents and guardians of students. Notification of each pesticide application shall be provided using first class mail or other means deemed appropriate by the school to each parent or guardian requesting notification.
  • (iii) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, where pests pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employes, the school may authorize an emergency pesticide application. In the case of an emergency pesticide application, the school shall notify by telephone any parent or guardian who has requested such notification. School officials shall annually advise parents or guardians of their right to request notification of emergency pesticide use and shall explain procedures for requesting such notification.

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 2002 Act 35 Section 772.1 Integrated Pest Managment Programs

(a) Each school shall, by January 1, 2003, adopt an integrated pest management plan in accordance with the integrated pest management policies established by the department on the effective date of this section until regulations are promulgated by the department.

(b) The department shall do all of the following:

  • (1) Maintain a Hypersensitivity Registry to assist in the notification of students and employes who are especially sensitive to pesticides.
  • (2) Designate an integrated pest management coordinator within the department to assist schools in the adoption and administration of integrated pest management plans.
  • (3) Prepare a standard structural integrated pest management agreement and distribute the standard agreement to schools.
  • (4) Provide other materials and assistance to schools to aid them in developing integrated pest management plans.
  • (5) Promulgate regulations, consistent with its policies in effect on the date of this section, to assist schools in implementing their responsibilities under this section.
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