Safer Chemical Management Procedure Update




Update on the implementation of the Safer Chemical Management Procedure




Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Shadman, Mullaney

Ms. Temple






July 1, 2009


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In June 2008 the Board expressed support for the implementation of the Safer Chemical Management Procedure, a department-level operational procedure that promotes the use of non-chemical methods and safer product alternatives in day-to-day County operations and activities in lieu of using traditional, synthetic products.  The procedure is being implemented by the Parks and Recreation and General Services Departments. In July 2008 the School Board also expressed support for implementing a slightly revised version of this procedure. This Executive Summary is meant as an update on implementing this Procedure in local government departments.


In summary, the Procedure stipulates that: 1) Custodial products must be certified by a green label specified in the Procedure; 2) High touch surface areas (e.g. bathrooms) be routinely sanitized (not disinfected), but that disinfection occur as soon as practicable in response to a blood-borne pathogen event, viral outbreak, or as directed by the Virginia Department of Health; 3) In management of grounds, chemical use is eliminated where practicable and feasible. If chemicals must be used, then organic or biological-based alternatives are to be used, with 5 outlined exceptions; 4) the County implement a formal integrated pest management (IPM) program for the management of indoor pests.


During the June 2008 meeting, the Board of Supervisors requested an annual update via the Consent Agenda as to the progress of implementing the Safer Chemical Management Procedure, including a summary of any waiver requests granted, a copy of any audits conducted, and a summary of any issues with implementation.




Goal 1: Enhance Quality of Life

Goal 2: Protect Natural Resources





Functional Area Updates


Grounds Management

Custodial / Cleaning Operations


Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

An integrated pest management program for the management of indoor pests is currently in place, but staff is currently working on formalizing this program.


Internal Audit Process

The Environmental Compliance Managers are planning the first internal audit of the Safer Chemical Management Procedure, to be scheduled before the end of July 2009. Results of the audit can be made available to the Board and will be included in the June 2010 update to the Board.


Waiver Requests

As of June 2009, only one waiver has been requested and granted. The Parks and Recreation Department submitted a waiver request for the purpose of treating an irrigation pond at Darden Towe Park that becomes overtaken annually by an aquatic weed known as Mosquito Fern (Azolla caroliniana). In 2008 staff attempted to manually remove this weed, which proved infeasible with the labor hours and staff required; shortly thereafter, the weed grew back in its entirety. While there are no biological or organic treatment alternatives available, there is a biological-based prevention product that will be used in the future to try to prevent this from recurring. The product approved for treatment has been researched by staff to be the most environmentally-friendly alternative, and all requirements on the product label, including dilution rates, signage, etc., will be strictly adhered to. Staff has identified some environmental and safety risks inherit in not treating the pond. Examples include the potential of a fish kill due to lack of oxygen in the water, and the possibility of a child mistaking the pond for solid ground.




There is no budget impact in presenting the Board with an update of program implementation.




This update is presented for the Board’s information only.



Attachment A – Safer Chemical Management Procedure
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