Region 4 HealthySEAT Programs
The HealthySEAT program allows school systems to comprehensively coordinate environmental management systems. Read on to learn about HealthSEAT activities taking place in Region 4.
In 2006, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality was awarded an Indoor Environments grant of $28,900 to integrate the environmental health and safety requirements and best practices from Mississippi’s Education, Environmental and Health Programs into the HealthySEAT software tool developed by EPA. The program also includes piloting HealthySEAT with the Cleveland School District and incorporating lessons learned and successes realized into a training program which will be conducted for other school districts. Implementation will help school districts in Mississippi better evaluate, manage and maintain their school buildings for key environmental, safety and health issues and prevent health problems due to poor indoor air quality and other environmental hazards.
Beginning in 2005, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System participated in field testing for HealthySEAT to assess and track school facility environmental health and safety conditions and obtain guidance on methods to address potential issues. The 4th largest school district in the United States, M-DCPSS has 360,000 students and 2000 buildings. During field testing Miami-Dade Public School Maintenance Environmental Compliance and Administrative Program representatives, as well as representatives from Miami-Dade Pollution Prevention Program met with EPA to discuss efforts to field test HealthySEAT and provide recommendations that EPA then incorporated into the final version. As a result of HealthySEAT the school district observed improved coordination, tracking and implementation of the environmental health and safety programs.