Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools (CLASS)
Background and Purpose
One in five Californians spends their day in school, increasing the stakes for addressing asthma in the school setting. Custodians have high rates of work-related asthma, while 17% of the state’s children have been diagnosed with the disease.
Cleaning products are used in schools and other workplaces. They can cause or worsen asthma and release unsafe chemicals into the air. The Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program developed the Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools (CLASS) Project to help California schools adopt safer cleaning methods that protect workers and students from asthma.
- Partnering with California school districts to provide technical support for switching to safer cleaning products and practices;
- Creating and distributing educational materials about safer cleaning methods and products;
- Raising awareness about the importance of asthma-safe cleaning via newsletter articles, webinars, and presentations; and
- Creating school guidelines for asthma-safe cleaning.
More about the CLASS project (PDF)
Cleaning Products and Work-Related Asthma Fact Sheet (PDF)
Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools Webinar
Cleaning for Healthier Schools - Infection Control Handbook (PDF)
Additional Information on Green Cleaning and Asthma
Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program main page
Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program publications
Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OHSEP)
Occupational Health Branch
Contact Information and About Us
To learn more about the program or for technical assistance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org