Tennessee - Chemical Hazards: Prohibitions

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

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

Rules of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture 0080-09-02-05 CERTIFICATION CATEGORIES

(7) Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health Related Pest Control (C07).

  • (a) Description. This category includes commercial applicators who use or supervise the use of general or restricted use pesticides in, on, or around food-handling establishments, human dwellings, schools, hospitals, industrial establishments, warehouses, grain elevators, and any other similar institutions, facilities, structures or adjacent areas, public or private. Schools refer to child-serving facilities, for children through 12th grade, public or private. Children are physiologically more vulnerable to pesticides. Children can spend long hours at school and therefore have an increased risk of pesticide exposure if pesticides have been applied in a manner incompatible with integrated pest management (IPM). This category also includes pesticide application for the protection of stored, processed, or manufactured products, and the control of birds, imported fire ants, or rodents.

  • (b) Standards of competency. Applicators must demonstrate a practical knowledge of: a wide variety of pests and their life cycles; types of formulations appropriate for their pest control; methods of application to avoid contamination of food, damage or contamination of habitat, and exposure of people and pets; specific factors that may lead to a hazardous condition, including continuous exposure; and environmental conditions related to the activity of this category. In addition, applicators should be knowledgeable about the components in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in child-serving facilities. Integrated Pest Management is a process for achieving long-term, environmentally sound, pest suppression by using a variety of technologies and management practices including preventing pest populations using sanitation, exclusion and habitat modification and applying pesticides in the least hazardous manner only when needed to correct verified problems to manage targeted pests effectively and economically.


2017 Tennessee Code Annotated 49-2-121. Inspection and evaluation program for indoor air quality in schools.

(a) Each LEA is encouraged to conduct an inspection and evaluation program, such as the environmental protection agency's indoor air quality tools for schools program, for its facilities. Such program may include, but shall not be limited to, the following measures:

  • (1) Ensuring that an adequate amount of outdoor air is being supplied;
  • (2) Testing for radon;
  • (3) Separating students and staff from construction and renovation areas;
  • (4) Reducing use of products, such as adhesives, floor-care products and pesticides that require ventilation during use; and
  • (5) Maintaining relative humidity to an appropriate level during hot and humid summers.

(b) School districts and schools shall encourage:

  • (1) The scheduling of maintenance, cleaning, and repair projects and other works that trigger indoor air pollutants, environmental safety and other pollution concerns in schools at times when students and teachers will not be impacted through chemicals, fumes, exhaust fumes from cars and school buses, room fresheners, aerosol sprays and other chemicals and health damaging elements and particulate matter;
  • (2) The application of products in a manner that conforms to regulations and safety recommendations; and
  • (3) The protection of children from the exposure of health harming substances and chemicals at school.
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