Important Steps

What your local association can do

  • Protect you when you're threatened for refusing unsafe work.
  • Insist that the district and school comply with PEOSH standards (notably on Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment, and Respiratory Protection), as well as state and federal asbestos laws and the New Jersey School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Act.
  • Insist that custodians are not assigned hazardous cleanup work beyond their training, protective gear, and environmental controls.
  • Work toward a school policy of green cleaning chemicals.
  • Work to prevent layoffs and privatization.

NJEA Resources

  • NJEA Health and Safety Manual: In the Table of Contents you can find sections on forming a health and safety committee, mold, your rights under PEOSH, and other topics.
  • NJEA Reporter health and safety articles: Click on "this index" and select topics. Of particular relevance are personal protective equipment, cleaning, bloodborne pathogens, Sandy, and pest control.
  • Click on “Publications” and select the appropriate pamphlets and fact sheets from under “NJEA Health and Safety Facts.”

NJ Department of Health

You can find factsheets prepared by the NJDOH on particular chemicals at

Federal resources

For detailed protections and work practices for mold removal, see the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences booklet, NIEHS Disaster Recovery: Mold Remediation Guidance—Health and Safety Essentials for Workers, Volunteers, and Homeowners. Go to, click on “Hurricane Sandy Resources,” then “Mold Remediation Guidelines.”