State law requires districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and/or to reduce chemical exposure in schools.
Utah Administrative Code R392-200-7. Sanitary Facilities and Controls.
(12) Pest Management.
- (a) The governing body shall minimize in school buildings or on school grounds the presence of pests that are vectors for disease, carry allergens that are likely to affect individuals with allergies or respiratory problems, or may sting or bite causing mild to serious reactions in some individuals.
- (b) The governing body shall adopt integrated pest management (IPM) practices and principles to prevent unacceptable levels of pest activity with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
- (c) The governing body shall have a written integrated pest management plan written by the governing body or provided by the contracted pest management contractor whether IPM is implemented as an internal process or contracted to a pest management professional. The plan shall include sections that cover the following topics: an IPM policy statement; IPM implementation and education; pest identification, monitoring procedures, reporting and control practices; approved pesticides; procedures for pesticide use; a policy for the notification of students, parents, and staff; and applicator requirements. Guidance for an IPM plan can be found in publications of the IPM Institute of North America. The Department or the Local Health Officer may require changes in a school's IPM plan if the plan neglects or causes a threat to the health or safety of the occupants of a school.
- (d) The governing body shall use non-chemical management methods whenever possible to provide the desired control. The governing body shall use a full range of control alternatives including: identification and removal or repair of conditions that are conducive to pests; structural repair and sealing; improved sanitation; removal of clutter or harborage; elimination of food sources; exclusionary measures to protect doors, windows and any other opening to the outside against the entrance of insects, rodents, and other animals. A no-action alternative shall also be considered in cases where the pest has no public health or property damage significance.
- (e) If the governing body chooses to not use a contracted pest control contractor, school personnel who apply pesticides shall follow the Utah Dept. of Agriculture pesticide regulation R68-7. The applicator shall apply all products according to the pesticide label directions.
Utah Administrative Code R392-200-8. Construction and Maintenance of Physical Facilities.
(b) Storerooms or cabinets shall be provided for cleaning materials, pesticides, paints, flammables, or other hazardous or toxic chemicals, and for tools and maintenance equipment. Materials incompatible due to potential contamination or potential chemical reactions shall be separated from one another. These areas shall be kept locked and not used for any other purpose that is incompatible with the materials stored and shall comply with the fire code and any state amendments to the fire code that have been adopted by the Utah State Legislature.
Utah Administrative Code R392-200-9. Health and Safety.
(l) No flammable, explosive, toxic, or hazardous liquids, gases, or chemicals shall be placed, stored, or used in any building or part of a building used for school purposes, except in approved quantities as necessary for use in laboratories, instructional shop classes, and utility rooms. Hazardous liquids or gases shall be stored in tightly sealed containers and hazardous liquids, gases, and chemicals shall be stored in locked safety cabinets or locked storage rooms when not in use.