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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools: Barriers to Change
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
Operations
Reasons for Change
Barriers to Change
Case Studies
Environmental Regulations
P2 Opportunities
Curricula
Glossary of Terms
Key Contacts
Acknowledgements
Complete List of Links

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Administrator Information, School IPM
Administrator Information includes sample policy statements, organization directories, sample...

California School Integrated Pest Management Program
A variety of documents, Web links, and other resources related to the California Healthy Schools Act...

Developing an IPM Policy Statement for Your School District
A first step in developing your integrated pest management (IPM) program is drafting an IPM policy. ...

IPM Handbook
Included is a summary of state laws requiring IPM and notification, IPM sample policies, IPM forms (...

IPM Institute of North America, School IPM
Comprehensive source of information for schools that includes standards for school buildings and gro...

IPM Overview
This brief fact sheet identifies benefits of IPM and common barriers to implementing school IPM prog...

What is School IPM
Parents: how to get IPM implemented in your child's school; administrators: how to get IPM implement...


<big><b>Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools:Barriers to Change </b></big>

Factors that may impede the implementation of Integrated Pest Management plans at schools may include a lack of:

  • Allocation of budgetary resources required for performing necessary repairs and conducting sanitation practices,
  • Time necessary to draft and adopt an IPM policy and designate an IPM coordinator,
  • Support at the decision-making (district or state) level for implementation of an IPM program,
  • Legislative requirements or compliance directives from the state or district,
  • Awareness of environmental risks and health hazards associated with traditional pest management,
  • Internal support and commitment for maintenance and monitoring, and
  • Knowledge of the pest?s biological requirements.
Readily available resources can help with overcoming the common barriers to successful implementation of IPM. Some examples include:

Barriers to Change Possible Position/Argument to Address the Barrier Resources
Budgetary limitationsInvestment costs will provide future financial savings Fears that IPM is more expensive than traditional pest control(See page 166)
Time necessary to draft and adopt an IPM policy and designate an IPM coordinatorPest management practices and policies can have an important impact on the quality of the school's environment. Writing an Integrated Pest Management Policy
Support at the decision-making (district or state) level for implementation of an IPM programU.S. EPA is encouraging school officials to adopt IPM practices and supporting this with guidelines for beginning the process.Integrated Pest Management in Schools
Legislative requirements or compliance directives from the state or districtSchool pesticide policies and programs are being adopted across the country and are continually improving.State and Local School Pesticide Policies
Awareness of environmental risks and health hazards associated with traditional pest managementU.S. EPA uses the National Research Council's four-step process for human health risk assessment when evaluating health risks from pesticides.Assessing Health Risks from Pesticides
Internal support and commitment for maintenance and monitoringExamples of school IPM plans and forms, as well as what to look for, assist maintenance with monitoring.IPM for Pennsylvnia Schools, A How-tp Manual
Knowledge of the pest's biological requirementsCockroaches in schools can be better controlled with knowledge of their biological needs.Identification and Biology of Cockroaches

 

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