a grant with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Indoor
Environments Program located within the New Jersey Department of Health and Consumer and Environmental Health Services, is
working to implement the Tools for Schools program for both public
and private schools throughout New Jersey.
What is Tools for Schools?
The Tools for Schools program
was developed by the EPA to encourage schools to take a proactive approach
for improving indoor air quality using low or no cost solutions.
Why are schools targeted?
have an increased risk of suffering the adverse health effects of poor
indoor air quality because they spend a significant amount of time
in school and are especially susceptible to the affects of pollutants.
Asthma is very common among school-aged children and it is one of the
leading causes of school absenteeism. Many indoor air pollutants
contribute to asthma attacks, including molds, dust mites, pests (cockroaches,
rodents, etc.) and other allergens.
What are some other ways that schools benefit from this program?
air quality can cost schools a great deal of money and resources. Good
indoor air quality is an important part of a healthy indoor environment,
and can help schools reach their primary goal of educating students.
Who would be involved in the activities required?
The program would involve
all members of the school staff including teachers, school nurses,
and custodial staff as well as students and parents.
What are some of the things schools can do to improve indoor air
Here are some simple
solutions schools can initiate to improve indoor air quality:
- Keep classrooms clean,
dry and free from clutter
- Inspect ventilation
systems to make sure they are working properly
- Use less-toxic cleaners