WAXIE would like to provide the following information to our public education customers in the State of California regarding the Healthy Schools Act (HSA). This legislation was originally established in 2000 and has subsequently been amended in 2005, and then again 2006 to include private child day care facilities.
The following information has been compiled from documents provided by DPR, University of California Office of the President (UCOP) and California Agriculture.
What is the Healthy Schools Act?
The Healthy Schools Act of 2000 (Assembly Bill 2260) put in place right-to-know requirements such as notification, posting, and recordkeeping for pesticides used at California public schools and public child day care facilities. The legislation also put into law the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) existing School IPM (Integrated pest management) Program and requirements for reporting pesticide use.
For more information, including a copy of the laws, go to DPR’s School IPM Web site: www.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolipm.
What types of facilities are subject to the Healthy Schools Act?
Public K-12 schools and both public and private child day care facilities are subject to the Healthy Schools Act. The Healthy Schools Act excludes family day care homes, colleges and universities, and private kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school facilities.
What is considered a Pesticide?
Under state and federal law, a pesticide is a substance that controls, destroys, repels, or attracts a pest. Pesticides include insecticides, insect repellents, miticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants, nematicides, rodenticides, avicides, plant growth regulators, defoliants, desiccants, antimicrobials, and algicides. Disinfectants and sanitizers are exempt from notification and posting. (To see if a product is registered in California, go to DPR’s Web site, www.cdpr.ca.gov, and click on “Look up pesticide products” at the bottom right.) You may also click on this link directly: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/label/prodnam.htm
Link to WAXIE disinfectant products which are registered and authorized for use in the State of California: http://apps.cdpr.ca.gov/cgi-bin/label/numberbook.pl?p_firmno=14994&activeonly=on
What are the requirements of the Healthy Schools Act?
What type of training is required by the Healthy Schools Act?
Beginning July 1, 2016 school IPM coordinators and anyone who may apply a pesticide at a school or child care center must take a DPR-approved training course before making a pesticide application. http://online.cce.csus.edu/enrol/index.php?id=75
How often must HSA training be completed?
School district staff, child center staff, and any other unlicensed individuals using pesticides at a school or child care center must take a training course each year.
Link to log on for training: http://online.cce.csus.edu/enrol/index.php?id=75
This information has been provided as a courtesy to WAXIE customers. Please refer to the CA DPR website for additional information on specific requirements for schools in the State of California related to compliance with the Healthy Schools Act.
Child Care IPM Program: www.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolipm/childcare
California Department of Pesticide Regulation: www.cdpr.ca.gov
CA DPR Forms and Tools: http://apps.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolipm/tools_templates/main.cfm
Healthy Schools Act Requirements for Schools: https://www.dtsc.ca.gov/Schools/upload/SC_CGHS_HSA_Reqs_For_Schools-2.pdf