Notice Concerning Use of Pest and Weed Control Materials
The school district utilizes Guardian Pest Control, a licensed, professional pest control
service firm for the prevention and control of rodents, insects and other pests in the
buildings. Their program consists of inspection/monitoring, maintenance
recommendations, and utilization of both nonchemical measures and EPAregistered
pest control materials. Services typically occur the second work week of every month.
Any chemical applications that are needed will be done afterhours, not while the area(s)
is (are) occupied. The district utilizes the Philips Tree Care Company for grounds fertilizing
and weed control. The materials used are also registered by the EPA and applied according to
the manufacturer’s recommendations. Treatment usually occurs on selected weekends
during the months of May and August. A schedule of pest and weed control inspections
and treatments is available at the school office. The longterm health effects on children
from the application of pest and weed control material are not fully understood. Parents
and residents may request to receive, at their expense, prior notification of any
application of a pest and weed control material, different from the days specified in the
schedule. Please notify the District’s Health & Safety Consultant, at (612)798-6019 with
any questions, or if you would like to receive prior notification of unscheduled
Annual Asbestos Notification for Parents, Employees and Community Members
In 1988, all of our school buildings were inspected for asbestos containing materials
according to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) protocol, using
accredited inspectors. Based on the results, management plans were developed for each
school identifying where asbestos was found. The plans and subsequent updates are on
file and available for review in each School’s red safety center. Information is also
available by contacting the Principal’s office or the Asbestos Designated Person at (612)798-6081.
AHERA compliance activities include annual notification of building occupants
regarding asbestosrelated activities, periodic inspections, and repairs (every six months)
and a complete reinspect of all our buildings every three years to ensure that the
materials are maintained in a safe condition. The sixmonth periodic inspections
typically occur during the winter and summer breaks when school is not in session. The
district’s ongoing efforts related to the management and control of asbestoscontaining
materials are focused on providing a safe and healthy environment for our building
occupants. If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may contact the
Asbestos Designated Person at (612)798-6081.
Indoor Air Quality Management Plan
Richfield Public Schools has developed and implemented an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
The management plan addresses indoor air quality issues throughout the District.
Walkthroughs and inspections of the buildings are performed annually to detect current
problems and prevent future problems from occurring.
Information is also available from the Minnesota Department of Health at
https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/air/schools/index.html. If you have any
questions or concerns regarding indoor air quality, please contact the District IAQ
Coordinator at (612)798-6081.
General Health & Safety Information
The schools all have a safety center (red two-drawer filing cabinet) located in the main
office, which contains site specific health and safety records. This safety center allows
for easy access for all staff, parents and community members to any health and safety
related document (e.g., asbestos reports, OSHA written plans, indoor air quality surveys
and testing results). Employees and the general public are encouraged to visit the
Departments/Facilities & Grounds/Health and Safety section of the district’s website at:
http://www.richfieldschools.org/ for additional information including names and numbers
of the Health & Safety Team (i.e., Health & Safety Consultant, Indoor Air Quality
Coordinator, Asbestos Coordinator, & Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Control Officer).