A bill requiring the safer use of pesticides in schools will be making its way to the Governor announced Thursday.
The bill, authored by Senator Mark DeSaulnier who represents Pleasanton, provides more stringent guidelines on the use of toxic pesticides.
"Our young people deserve to be protected from harmful pesticides when they are at school," Senator DeSaulnier said. "Families should be assured that their children are not exposed to pesticides unless absolutely necessary. SB 1405 will promote the usage of preventative measures at school sites that can lessen the need for toxic pesticides. If pesticides must be used on campuses, employees should receive the proper training to apply them in the safest manner possible."
SB 1405 requires school sites to report all pesticide use to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Currently, the law requires only professional applicators to report the use.
In addition, the bill requires anyone using pesticides on school sites to to undergo an annual training on integrated pest management and the safe usage of pesticides.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, children are more susceptible to chemicals than adults -- an estimated 50% of lifetime pesticide exposure occurs at a young age.
This is DeSaulnier's third attempt to regulate the use of pesticides on school sites. He previously authored SB1157 in 2010 and SB 394 in 2011.