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- What is School IPM HELPR? (School Health and Environmental impact LookuP Resource)
- Use School IPM HELPR: Look up hazard information for UCIPM recommended tactics
- How to read a pesticide label
- How pesticides are regulated
- About health and toxicology
- About the environmental impacts of pesticides
- Scientific and technical information on pesticides
How risky is pesticide use on school grounds? It is important to remember that the amount of health risk is a combination of two factors: hazard (toxicity) and exposure (how much of the pesticide actually reaches a child). With enough exposure, any material can pose a significant risk to children. On the other hand, some highly toxic chemicals at extremely low exposure levels may pose negligible risks.
The links on this page will help you to compare the environmental and health impacts of pesticides used in California schools. In the future, we will continue to expand the resources offered here.
What is School IPM HELPR?
(School Health and Environmental impact Lookup Resource)
We have integrated authoritative pest management recommendations from UCIPM with DPR's product-label database resources to put all the important information in one place. Starting with a specific pest, you can first read the appropriate management recommendations from UCIPM's Pest Notes series. A click of the mouse then takes you to a page summarizing toxicological and exposure data for all of the management tactics mentioned in the Pest Note. This page includes:
- Information on toxicity (fact sheets from National Pesticide Information Center, Extension Toxicology Network, and others).
- Information on exposure (availability of lower-exposure formulations such as baits, traps, or gels/pastes).
- Consequences of not treating (health, economic, and environmental implications).
- Lists of products available, with U.S. EPA signal words and restricted status.
- Status of pesticide active ingredients on various official government lists.
Use School IPM HELPR:
Look up hazard information for UCIPM recommended tactics
Choose a pest from the list below. We recommend reading the UCIPM Pest Note first; a link will then take you to the health & environmental impact pages. Or, you may go directly to that page. (Note that the information on the School IPM HELPR pages alone is not sufficient for making management decisions.)
How to Read a Pesticide Label
Pesticide labels are legal documents, and using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with label directions is against the law. Labels also contain a wealth of useful information on health and environmental impacts. To make interpreting labels easier, we have provided a link to the US EPA "Keep Safe: Read the Label First" documents.
- Read the Label First. An interactive pesticide label from the U.S. EPA.
- What are signal words?, PDF (189 kb) From the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network.
- "Read the Label First!", PDF (199 kb) - DPR Pesticide Info series pamphlet.
How Pesticides Are Regulated
- "Regulating pesticides: Who, why and how?", PDF (129 kb) - DPR Pesticide Info series pamphlet.
- "Pesticide complaints? You have the right to... ", PDF (77 kb) - DPR Pesticide Info series pamphlet.
- "County plays key role in regulating pesticides", PDF (131 kb) - DPR Pesticide Info series pamphlet.
- A Guide to Pesticide Regulation in California (2011)
- How the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates pesticides on a national level
About Health and Toxicology
- Toxicology information briefs - EXTOXNET: The Extension Toxicology Network.
- Toxicology - Toxicology Information from the National Library of Medicine.
- Pesticide exposure - Enviro-Health Links from the National Library of Medicine.
- National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences - Information about how the environment affects people.
- Pesticides and Cancer - Evaluating Pesticides for Carcinogenic Potential, U.S. EPA
About the Environmental Impacts of Pesticides
- Environment and pesticides - National Pesticide Telecommunications Network.
- Endocrine disruptor screening program - U.S. EPA.
- Endangered species project - DPR.
- Environmental hazards assessment program - DPR.
Technical Information on Pesticides
- Look up active ingredients associated with product name. DPR product/label databases.
- Pesticide health effects on humans - Brief summaries from Cornell University.
- Toxicology data network - A cluster of somewhat technical databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas, from the National Library of Medicine.
- Glossary of pesticide chemicals, PDF - U.S. Food and Drug Administration list of alternative chemical names for pesticides and metabolites and Chemical Abstract Service Registry numbers.
- DPR Toxicology data review summaries
- Pesticide active ingredient information - Compilation of databases from Cornell University.