Cleaning for Infection Control in Schools
November 6, 2012
Schools and colleges are petri dishes for the spread of communicable diseases like flu, pink eye, MRSA and whooping cough.
This NYSUT webinar is about how to clean during communicable disease outbreaks in schools. The webinar covers issues such as: typical diseases spread in schools; diseases of particular concern and cleaning vs. disinfecting during outbreaks.
PVC Plastic: Unhealthy for Kids and Schools
May 23, 2012
Healthy schools are critical to children's health. PVC is an emerging toxic plastic of concern. Also known as vinyl, PVC is widespread in back-to-school supplies, office supplies and building materials.
This plastic is often filled with phthalates - chemicals harmful to children's health that have been banned in toys, but widespread in schools.
The good news is safer and affordable alternatives are available for schools and parents to use and purchase.
Learn how you can help create healthier and safer schools for all, by joining this webinar sponsored by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), United Federation of Teachers (UFT), and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ).
PCBs in Light Fixtures
January 24, 2012
Were all or some of the lighting fixtures in your facility built or renovated before 1979?
If yes, they probably contain PCB light ballasts.
NYSUT recently sponsored an EPA-led health and safety webinar on the topic of PCBs in light ballasts. The webinar was customized for custodial and maintenance NYSUT members, health and safety activists and local leaders interested in this issue, which is now gaining public attention.
The webinar addresses PCBs and their health effects; why the EPA is concerned about school light fixtures containing PCBs; how to recognize PCB light fixtures and leaks; how to handle leaking ballasts; storage and disposal of PCB fixtures; and the ongoing experience of New York City schools that are dealing with this issue.
The webinar was produced by NYSUT in partnership with Region 2 of the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Federation of Teachers.