Safe and Healthy School Environments

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Overview

Millions of children and adults across the nation spend their days in school buildings, and they need safe, healthy environments to thrive, learn, and succeed. This book explores the school environment using the methods and perspectives of environmental health science. Though environmental healht has long been understood to be an important factor in workplaces, homes, and communities, this is the first book to address the same basic concerns in schools. The editors are physicians and educators trained in pediatrics, occupational and environmental medicine, and medical toxicology, and the authors are experts in their fields drawn from across the United States and abroad. Each section of the book addresses a different concern facing schools today. In the first six sections, the various aspects of the school environment are examined. Chapters include the physical environment of the school, air quality issues, pest control, cleaning methods, food safety, safe designs of playgrounds and sports fields, crime and violence prevention, and transportation. In the last two sections, recommendations are made for school administrators on how to maximize the health of their schools. Appropriately evaluating the school environment, implementing strategies to address children and adults with disabilities, emphasizing health services, infectious disease prevention and recognition, and occupational health for faculty and staff are all addressed. The entire book is evidence-based, readable, generously illustrated, and practical. An indispensable resource for parents, school staff, administrators, government officials, and health professionals, this book is for anyone who cares about the health of our schools.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: The authors explore the school environment from the perspective of environmental health sciences. The authors are physicians and educators trained in pediatrics, occupational and environmental medicine, and medical toxicology. It is astonishing that this has not been previously attempted. This book is what you need if you are involved with a pediatric environmental health specialty unit or similar enterprise.
Purpose: The authors intend the book to be evidence-based, readable, generously illustrated, and practical. Its larger goal, creating and maintaining a suitable school environment, is important for parents, school staff, administrators, officials, and health professionals. In other words, this book is for all of us who care about the health of school children.
Audience: The audience includes parents, school staff, administrators, and health professionals. It should become an accepted reference for all pediatric environmental health specialty units and similarly functioning organizations. It is written at a thorough enough level to permit its adaptation in a variety of circumstances. Rather than endless regulations, many of us need a book such as this that can serve as a guide.
Features: In its first six parts, various aspects of the school environment are examined. These chapters include the physical environment of the school, air quality issues, pest control, cleaning methods, food safety, safe design for playgrounds, crime and violence prevention, and transportation. The last two parts make recommendations for school administrators to maximize the health of their schools. The book evaluates the school environment, implementing strategies to address children and adults with disabilities, emphasizing health services, infectious disease prevention and recognition, and occupational health for faculty and staff. It is both thorough and temperate in its treatment of difficult issues.
Assessment: I liked this book a lot. Its balance of authors across continents (North America and Europe with some Pacific Rim experience) includes an eclectic mix of trainers, engineers, family and school learning specialists, and poison control personnel. The book isn't particularly preachy, but it insists upon an in-depth examination of issues. It takes on a thorough examination of the design characteristics needed for a high-performance school. The book provides remedies that can be attempted in districts where budgets are quite limited or in cases where so-called portable classrooms have become fixtures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195179477
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Emory University School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine

Emory University

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: Safe and Healthy School Environments, Howard Frumkin
THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE SCHOOL
2. Crowding, Class Size and School Size, Lorraine E. Maxwell
3. Lighting, Barbara Erwine
4. Noise, Lorraine E. Maxwell
5. Temperature and Humidity, Jouni J.K. Jaakola
6. Ergonomics for Students and Staff, Cheryl Bennett, Andree Woodcock, and Diane Tien
7. Animal Safety, Jerome A. Paulson and Chinonye Harvey
8. Playgrounds, Robin Moore
9. Injury Prevention, Sandra West, Hope Jackson, Robert Geller, and Howard Frumkin
AIR QUALITY IN SCHOOLS
10. Indoor Air Quality, Bob Axelrad
11. Mold, Robert J. Geller
12. Ambient Air Pollution, Andrea Hricko
TOXIC HAZARDS IN SCHOOLS
13. Pest Control, Troy Pierce and Robert J. Geller
14. Cleaning Materials and Methods, Stephen Ashkin and Richard Ellis
15. Chemical Exposures In and Out of the Classroom, Jennifer Audi and Robert J. Geller
NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
16. Food Safety, Jeannie Sneed
17. Nutrition at School: Creating a Healthy Food Environment, Nicole Hanson and Mary Story
18. Safe and Healthy Sports Environments, David Marshall
VIOLENCE AND DISASTERS
19. Crime and Violence Prevention Through Environmental Design, Tod Schneider
20. Emergency Management, Angelo Bellomo
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL
21. Safe School Travel, H. Douglas Robertson and Jeffrey C. Tsai
22. Healthy School Travel: Walking and Bicycling, Linda B. Crider and Amanda K. Hall
MANAGING FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS
23. High Performance School Buildings, Charles Eley
24. The Economics of Safe and Healthy Schools, David Mudarri
25. Evaluating the School Environment, Angelo Bellomo
26. Children and Adults with Disabilities, Kathy Gips, Janice Nodvin, and I. Leslie Rubin
HEALTH SERVICES IN SCHOOLS: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ASPECTS
27. Health Services at School: Environmental Considerations, Julia Lear
28. Care of Asthmatic and Allergic Students, W. Gerald Teague
29. Infectious Disease in Schools: Prevention and Control, Harry Keyserling
30. Occupational Health Safety for Faculty and Staff, Darryl Alexander

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