School Environmental Health and Safety Program

Primary and secondary schools are responsible for providing a healthy and safe learning environment for school children in Washington State. Schools that provide healthy and safe environments, support academic achievement, and reduce injuries. 

The School Environmental Health and Safety Program works with local health jurisdictions, school districts, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, private schools, agencies, and non-profits to promote incorporation of environmental health and safety into school facility design, operation, and maintenance. The program also provides support for implementation of the State Board of Health School Rule, Chapter 246-366 WAC.

Technical areas addressed include controlling asthma triggers, science lab, art, and shop safety, hazardous waste management, injury prevention, playground safety, indoor air quality, ventilation, emergency response, communicable and vector-borne disease control, animals in schools, integrated pest management, cleaning and disinfection for health and safety, general safety, noise control, and lighting.

Resources We Provide

School Environmental Health and Safety Resources

School Environmental Health and Safety Workshop

Program Activities

Healthy Indoor Air is Important

Indoor concentrations of pollutants are commonly two to five times higher than outdoor concentrations due to chemicals found in some conventional cleaning products, improper cleaning procedures, defective or ineffective climate control (HVAC) systems, interior finishes, exterior pollutants, personal care products, and renovation projects (source: EPA).

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