This week, the McClure Elementary School in Philadelphia finally re-opens its doors after being closed since before winter break. Between these times, it has been at the center of controversy, protests, and costly contractor work. McClure, and several other schools in the Philadelphia School District, has been targeted by administrators because of the presence of asbestos and the need to finally detect and remove the asbestos in schools. McClure and other schools stand as an example of how asbestos still affects our children today, years after asbestos-containing materials were discontinued in construction. [Read more…] about McClure Elementary School: An Example of the Impact of Asbestos in Schools
Everyone wants to make sure their kids grow up strong and healthy. The last thing they want is for hazardous materials and conditions children can be exposed to cause life-long life or health issues, or even death. Among other hazardous materials found in homes, businesses, and childcare facilities such as schools and daycares is asbestos. It’s important to understand the specific risks that asbestos exposure can cause to infants and children. [Read more…] about Is Asbestos Exposure More Dangerous to Children and Infants?
Does your kid have the sniffles, or is it something else? Children, especially those with strong allergies or asthma, can be very sensitive to air quality. If your kid complains of certain symptoms or smells at school, there could be a mold problem at school. This article will give you some basic information on how mold forms in schools, symptoms to watch out for, and what you can do as a parent to get to the bottom of it. [Read more…] about Mold in Schools: What Parents Should Be Aware Of
When it comes to our children, their safety is paramount. Keeping the places they live, learn, and play safe has led to many of our first regulations and rulings on hazardous construction materials in America. From asbestos to lead, many of these materials that impact the health and air quality of schools and other childcare facilities are being diagnosed and removed. However, due to its very nature mold is a reoccurring problem in schools and you need to work to prevent it. Learn the basics in this article. [Read more…] about Mold in Schools: Finding and Solving Air Quality Problems
Lead, just like many of the heavy metals, is hazardous to the human body. But until other hazardous substances were controlled at the federal and state level, lead’s use – specifically in paint as a coloration and material enhancing aid – was only regulated after 1978. As the years progressed and the harmful effects have been better documented, it’s become more than just critical to protect children from lead poisoning, but also the law to have child-care facilities like daycare centers and school inspected for lead paint. As such, it’s vital to get your building inspected if there are children present. [Read more…] about The Importance of Checking for Lead in Schools & Childcare Facilities
As we’ve talked about in previous blogs, such as Buying a Home Built Before 1990? It May Contain Asbestos, the rules around asbestos regulation in private homes is murky, with the need for inspection and abatement largely left up to the individual. This can lead to heated debates when the home is sold for the health hazards it poses to the new buyers. What isn’t murky is the laws surrounding asbestos in schools. Acts such as AHERA law down strict guidelines for schools to follow, and allow the EPA to enforce them with civil suits and fines. [Read more…] about The Federal Regulations for Asbestos in School Buildings