On August 21, 2000 a law was enacted that provides increased protections for children and other New York residents from the potentially harmful effects of pesticides. New York State has one of the most effective pesticide registration and control programs in the country and this law goes even further to protect public health and the environment. In cities and towns across the state, the pesticide notification bill helps arm teachers, parents and community residents with important information they need to limit their exposure to pesticides and protect themselves and their families from unnecessary risk.
The major tenets of this law that effect day care programs are as follows:
- Schools and day care facilities must provide notification to parents at least 48 hours prior to the application of pesticides to their grounds and buildings. Notification must include a posting in a common area of the program, which is conspicuously visible to persons dropping off or picking up children from the facility. The notices must contain information regarding the date and location of the application, the product being applied, the product's EPA registration number and a precautionary statement providing phone numbers where more information about pesticides can be obtained.
- Toll free numbers for the New York State Department of Health (1-800-458-1158) and the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network (1-800-858-7378) have been in existence for some time now. All notification postings at day care sites must include these referral numbers. Both agencies are responsible to provide information to the public regarding the harmful effects of pesticides and what precautions to take to avoid exposure.
- New York's Pesticide Application Notification Law
- Pesticide Application Notification (PDF)
Notificación Sobre la Aplicación de Pesticidas (PDF)
- Social Services Law § 390-c. Notice of pesticide applications
- The Neighbor Notification Law, Rule and Regulation - NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
- Neighbor Notification Law Fact Sheet - NYS Department of Health
- General Pesticide Information - National Pesticide Information Center
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- Child Care, Foster Care and Adoption:
- Child Care Complaint Line:
311 or 646-632-6101 NYC