Keeping kids safe and healthy at school is a top priority for educators, administrators, and — of course — parents and guardians. But while teachers prioritize the health of our students, unfortunately many of the disinfecting products used at our schools often contain harmful chemicals that can actually put children’s health at risk. Thankfully, there are numerous products that are safer and just as effective at killing bacteria and viruses — including COVID-19.
As schools work to best protect their students and staff, it is also essential this protection includes preventing exposures from toxic chemicals, particularly in regards to the overuse and misuse of disinfectants. Safer products are not just important for children and teachers, they are a necessity for protecting the health of workers who are routinely exposed to these products on a daily basis.
This toolkit is designed to help start the conversation with your children’s caregivers, educators and school administrators about harmful cleaners and disinfectants — while also providing helpful resources, sensible solutions and best-practice protocols that will reduce exposures to toxic chemicals, and help keep not only our kids, but our educators and the hard working people who clean our schools, healthy and safe.
A look inside:
- Sample email to school administrators regarding safer disinfectants
- Prioritizing hand-washing protocol
- Health concerns linked to toxic “quats” in disinfectants
- Using disinfectants safely and effectively
- Safer Disinfectants: EPA-certified disinfectants to use against COVID-19
New recommendations from the CDC on using disinfectants to combat COVID-19
Sample letter to schools regarding use of disinfectants and safer alternatives
Concerns about disinfectants foggers, sprayers and misters.
List of Safer Disinfectants – and how-to search for your disinfectant on the EPA’s N-List