Pesticides: Danger to Children in Schools and Homes

The Law and You

This segment of The Law and You features Eugene, Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson addressing the need for removing pesticide dangers in areas where children learn and play.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Lara Johnson. Lara, are there laws about the use of pesticides where children go to school and play?

LARA: Joel, we are working with the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides to support legislation to put children’s health first by requiring the use of either non-toxic or least toxic products at schools, playgrounds and parks. Currently, pesticides are used in many places where children go, like schools and playgrounds. Too often, parents and school officials assume that because a pesticide product is available, it must be safe. However, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded children may face pesticide exposure that exceed the agency’s level of concern following even a single use of certain chemicals, even though the applications were made according to label directions.

JOEL: Thanks, Lara. If you’d like to learn more about pesticides and children, visit This is a community service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.

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