How Local Health Departments Can Help Reduce the Risk of Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Older School Buildings

NACCHO has produced a fact sheet to help local health departments understand the risk of exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in school buildings and identify strategies to reduce exposure risks in partnership with schools and other public agencies. The presence of PCBs in buildings, especially school buildings, is an emerging environmental public health issue. In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency issued new guidance for school administrators and building managers with information to help minimize possible exposures.

As local health departments are central to protecting and promoting the health of communities, their participation in efforts to assess and address potential exposures to PCBs in schools is often necessary. To learn more about strategies to reduce risks of exposure to PCBs, view the fact sheet and NACCHO Voice blog post on this subject.

About Tina Yuen
Tina Yuen, MPH, MCP, CPH, serves as a program analyst for environmental health at NACCHO.

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