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Healthy Schools and Managing Chemicals

Chemicals are used in schools for a range of activities including building maintenance and classroom learning. High schools usually have larger inventories and more hazardous chemicals than middle and elementary schools, but hazardous chemicals can be found in all schools, especially in science classes and labs (e.g., mercury), shop classes, and store rooms. Thoughtful chemical purchasing, use and management is critical for reducing chemical exposures and costly accidents which ultimately affect student learning and attendance. EPA's comprehensive healthy schools website offers additional resources for establishing, maintaining, or enhancing a school environmental health program.