Washington - Chemical Hazards: Prohibitions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

Revised Code of Washington 17.21.415 Schools—Policies and methods—Notification—Records—Liability.

(2)  A school shall provide written notification, upon request, to parents or guardians of students and employees describing the school’s pest control policies and methods, including the posting and notification requirements of this section.

(3)  A school shall establish a notification system that, as a minimum, notifies interested parents or guardians of students and employees at least forty-eight hours before a pesticide application to a school facility. The notification system shall include posting of the notification in a prominent place in the main office of the school.

(4)  All notifications to parents, guardians, and employees shall include the heading “Notice: Pesticide Application” and, at a minimum, shall state:

  • (a)  The product name of the pesticide to be applied;
  • (b)  The intended date and time of application;
  • (c)  The location to which the pesticide is to be applied;
  • (d)  The pest to be controlled; and
  • (e)  The name and phone number of a contact person at the school.

(5)  A school facility application must be made within forty-eight hours following the intended date and time stated in the notification or the notification process shall be repeated.

(6)  A school shall, at the time of application, post notification signs for all pesticide applications made to school facilities unless the application is otherwise required to be posted by a certified applicator under the provisions of RCW 17.21.410(1)(d).

  • (a)  Notification signs for applications made to school grounds by school employees shall be placed at the location of the application and at each primary point of entry to the school grounds. The signs shall be a minimum of four inches by five inches and shall include the words: “THIS LANDSCAPE HAS BEEN RECENTLY SPRAYED OR TREATED WITH PESTICIDES BY YOUR SCHOOL” as the headline and “FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL” as the footer. The footer shall provide the name and telephone number of a contact person at the school.
  • (b)  Notification signs for applications made to school facilities other than school grounds shall be posted at the location of the application. The signs shall be a minimum of eight and one-half by eleven inches and shall include the heading “Notice: Pesticide Application” and, at a minimum, shall state:
    • (i)  The product name of the pesticide applied;
    • (ii)  The date and time of application;
    • (iii)  The location to which the pesticide was applied;
    • (iv)  The pest to be controlled; and
    • (v)  The name and phone number of a contact person at the school.
  • (c)  Notification signs shall be printed in colors contrasting to the background.
  • (d)  Notification signs shall remain in place for at least twenty-four hours from the time the application is completed. In the event the pesticide label requires a restricted entry interval greater than twenty-four hours, the notification sign shall remain in place consistent with the restricted entry interval time as required by the label.

(7)  A school facility application does not include the application of antimicrobial pesticides or the placement of insect or rodent baits that are not accessible to children.

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