House of Representatives
Office of Program Research
|Select Committee on Environmental Health|
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
Brief Description: Limiting the use of high hazard pesticides on school facilities.
Sponsors: Representatives Pedersen, Upthegrove, Campbell, Kenney, McDermott, Morrell, Chase, Appleton, Dunshee, McIntire, Santos, Moeller, Darneille, Roberts, Hudgins, Hunt, Hasegawa, Conway, O'Brien, Green, Rolfes, Simpson, Schual-Berke, Goodman, Wood and Lantz.
Brief Summary of Bill
Hearing Date: 2/6/07
Staff: Brad Avy (786-7289).
Pests common in schools can harm both children and adults. Pests can spread disease, cause allergies and asthma attacks, precipitate allergy attacks from stings, contaminate food, cause painful bites, and cause structural damage. Pesticides are powerful tools for controlling these risks.
Children are more sensitive than adults to pesticides. Young children can have greater exposure to pesticides from crawling, exploring, or other hand-to-mouth activities. Since children spend much of their day at school it is important to limit children's exposure to the hazardous effects of pesticides.
Summary of Bill:
The legislature finds that children are more vulnerable than adults to the hazardous effects of pesticides. The intent of the bill is to limit, for the protection of students and staff, the use of high hazard pesticides in and on school facilities.
No person may apply a high hazard pesticide at a school facility except when authorized under a single-use waiver. The waiver may be authorized only if the following conditions are met:
The bill does not limit the authority of a county health officer, state agency, mosquito control
district, or noxious weed control board that is responsible for pest management decisions
regarding school facilities to make decisions and take actions regarding school facilities.
The bill does not limit the authority of the director of a licensed day care center or the officers of a school district to establish pesticide application policies that are more restrictive.
The State Board of Health must adopt by rule a list of products that the board considers to pose a high hazard to the health of children or staff if applied in or on school facilities. The list must at least include products that fall in each of the following categories, including products that:
The State Board of Health must review and update this list every five years.
Application of a pesticide in violation of the bill is in violation of and subject to penalties under the Washington Pesticide Application Act, chapter 17.21 RCW.
Fiscal Note: Requested January 30, 2007.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.