Board of Directors
Julie Elena Brown
Jean D. Lachowicz
Victoria Persky, M.D.
Sandra Thomas, M.D. M.S.
Senate Bill 1079: Bill Summary
Senate Bill 1079 would amend the Structural Pest Control Act to require licensed day cares to practice Integrated Pest Management. The amendment to the Structural Pest Control Act simply extends Integrated Pest Management requirements currently required of schools to licensed child cares. The Bill allows child care facilities to opt out of the IPM requirement if it is not economically feasible by providingwritten notification to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) combines preventive techniques, nonchemical pest control methods, and the appropriate use of pesticides with preference for products that are the least harmful to human health and the environment. If SB1079 is passed, children in daycares would be protected from unnecessary exposure to pests and pesticides. Parents have a right to know if toxic chemicals are going to be used around their children. With parental notification procedures in places, parents of children with asthma or other sensitivities can take additional steps to reduce exposure. In addition, it enables health care providers to identify reactions that may occur due to pesticide exposures. Notification requirements also act to encourage the use of pest control measures and products that do not involve exposure by children and do not require notification.
Just as school age children are protected from unnecessary exposure to pesticides, children in licensed day cares should be also be protected. Younger children are more susceptible to the adverse health impacts associated with pesticide exposure; therefore, it is especially important to limit their exposures. By requiring Integrated Pest Management in licensed day cares and parental notification when pesticides are applied, children in day cares will be better protected from exposure to these hazardous chemicals.
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the public health risks and environmental impacts of pesticide use
and promoting safer alternatives in