Erie County General Health District staff will use a $49,742 Ohio EPA Environmental Education grant to train staff at schools in four counties on the environmental health and safety requirements of Jarod's Law. It was one of nine grants awarded statewide for a total of $350,000.
Jarod's Law was passed in 2007 after the death of a 6-year-old boy at his school. The law requires health departments to inspect public and nonpublic buildings and grounds to identify and correct conditions dangerous to public health and safety. The law includes a requirement to identify potential environmental hazards.
The grant funds will help the Erie County agency provide training for school staffs and sanitarian inspectors in Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky counties about the law. It includes a follow-up session to debrief the first year implementation of the law. Information sheets will be developed for parents. Topics will include indoor air quality, presence of lead, asbestos or radon and proper use and storage of chemicals.
Erie County is working with four counties' health departments, Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus, Erie County Department of Environmental Services, Erie-Huron-Ottawa Educational Services Center, Ohio Department of Health and 33 school districts.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Grants up to $50,000 are funded from half of the civil penalties collected by Ohio EPA for air and water pollution control violations. Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. About $1 million is given each year.