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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools: Barriers to Change
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools:Barriers to Change
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 limitations||Investment 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 coordinator||Pest 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 program||U.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 district||School 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 management||U.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 monitoring||Examples 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 requirements||Cockroaches in schools can be better controlled with knowledge of their biological needs.||Identification and Biology of Cockroaches |
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