Environmental Change

Initiative Description: Prevent leaks and subsequent moisture damage to materials. Replace wet and damaged materials, including drying out underlying surfaces, as soon as possible. Frequently wash floors and other surfaces occupants contact for general hygiene and to minimize pet allergens and bacteria. Use nontoxic or least toxic cleaners, preferably during unoccupied hours but no immediately before school or near the end of lunch. Allow sufficient time for mechanical and natural ventilation to air out classrooms after painting and receiving new furniture or teaching materials

Study Results: Reduced teachers’ symptoms of fatigue and headache.

Reference: Shendell, D. G., Barnett, C., & Boese, S. (2004). Science-based recommendations to prevent or reduce potential exposure to biological, chemical, and physical agents in schools. The Journal of School Health, 74(10), 390-6.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars