Indiana currently has no laws specifically requiring the use of Integrated
Pest Management in schools or childcare facilities, although voluntary
implementation is strongly encouraged.
In January 2001, Senator Gard introduced senate bill #143 that would
"require the governing body of a public school or nonpublic school
to adopt and implement policies and procedures designed to effectively
control pests and minimize the potential exposure of children to pesticides
in school buildings."
The bill was read in the session on Jan 8, 2001, and referred to
the committee of environmental affairs. A sister bill authored by
Representative Avery was introduced to the House of Representatives
on Jan 9 and referred to the Education Committee. In a hearing on
February 6, it was decided that legislation would be put on hold pending
adequate voluntary adoption of IPM by schools in Indiana. In December
2001, the Office of the Indiana State Chemist was required to report
back to the legislature on the extent of voluntary policy adoption
in Indiana schools. At that time, a survey conducted by the Indiana
School Board Association ISBA indicated that 191 Indiana public school
corporations (65%) had adopted the new policy. By February, 2002,
the number had climbed to 92%, according to ISBA.
Text of proposed legislation
Senate Bill 143
Pest Management Policy Guidelines for Schools
Although IPM is not currently mandated by state law, guidelines for
improved pest management practices have been created by the Indiana
Pesticide Review Board (IPBR) and approved by the Indiana School Board
Association (ISBA) in 2001. This document outlines practices intended
to protect the health of children, faculty and staff in public schools.
These guidelines address adoption of a pest control policy, notification
of staff and parents prior to pesticide applications, and qualifications
of pesticide applicators, among other issues.
This advisory policy and recommended practices are consistent with
the principles of Integrated Pest Management. In fact, adoption of a
pest control policy is one of the most basic components of any IPM program.
This model policy can be used as a template to craft a pest control
policy that is tailored to the needs of individual school corporations
throughout the state.
policy from the Indiana School Board Association
of Indiana Schools with information about policy adoption and pest
management training. Maintained by Improving Kids Environment.