Learn about different health hazards — molds, pests, chemicals, and others — that are sometimes present in schools and what you can do about them.
- Access to toilet facilities
OSHA requirements for access to toilet facilities in schools.
The precise risk of disease from low-level, short-term exposure to asbestos is unknown. There is no scientific evidence that casual exposure to asbestos — such as the amounts typically found in schools — will cause a problem.
- Bed bugs
Information about how to handle bed bug infestations in schools.
- Construction work protocols for occupied school buildings
The UFT and the DOE have developed a site-construction protocol that requires contractors to implement protective methods and procedures to safeguard students and staff.
- Indoor air quality
This booklet describes the major sources of indoor air pollution and the measures that can be taken to improve indoor air quality. It also discusses how the UFT can assist school staff to resolve indoor air pollution problems.
- Indoor temperature regulations
- Laboratory and chemical safety
Lead hazards in paint and water.
- Making schools green
Ideas and initiatives to promote sustainability and environmental health in NYC schools.
Information about how to prevent and address exposure to mercury.
Practical information about the risks and issues concerning mold in schools.
- PCBs in city schools
- Pest management
- Wireless radiation