Emergency Pesticide Application Determinations at Schools and Day Care Centers

February 4, 2011

Summary

Recent legislation (Laws of 2010, Chapter 85) generally prohibits the use of pesticides on turf, playgrounds and athletic and playing fields at schools and day care centers, except when an emergency pesticide application is determined to be necessary. Both state and county health departments are authorized to make public health related emergency determinations. This guidance document:

  • provides information for health department staff to consider when reviewing emergency pesticide application requests from schools and day care centers.
  • informs schools and day care centers about what does or does not constitute an emergency, based on public health concerns.
  • provides contact information for authorities who have a role in implementing Chapter 85 laws and other aspects of pesticide use at schools and day care centers.