Temple Beth Sholom recommends that the Temple and its membership implement the Precautionary Principle in the Temple and in their homes by following the Precautionary Principle especially in chemical control options, when young children are present, thereby eliminating a potential hazard rather than accepting an unknown level of risk or harm.
The Temple is using physical non toxic means of controlling insect pests with products such as Diatomaceous Earth and Boric Acid. Green Faith suggests www. Beyond Pesticides.org as a site which has an extensive list of proven pest control options which are non toxic, such as Insecticidal oils, Insecticidal soaps, etc. What Temple Beth Sholom recommends you can do at home- Educate yourself. Read MSDS
Read Material Data Safety Sheets- MSDS. The Presidents Cancer Panel Study Report 2010 and American Academy of Pediatrics suggests chemical pesticides and chemical cleaning products come with a risk to children
As such parents and schools should conduct a Risk Assessment MSDS Sheets allow you to conduct a Risk Assessment which helps you to determine the relative safety of cleaning products and pest control products It is important to build an MSDS Book. First Conduct an audit of MSDS sheets of cleaning products and pesticides Here is what the MSDS Book Audit Summary Cover Sheet should look like (from left to right)
Pesticide Name__xxxxxx________ Sec 2 Chem Content__xxxxxx_________
The Risk Assessment is accomplished in three sections on the MSDS, the Hazards listed in Section 3 , the Toxicology listed in section 11 and the Eco-toxicology listed in section 12
Sec 3 Hazards.__- This lists the hazards to use the chemical a kind of Beware Before Use section –_____________________
Sec 11 Toxicology Lethal Dose LD 50 _- This section shows how relatively toxic the chemical is in terms of resulting in the lethal dose for 50% of lab animals.______________.
Sec 12 Eco toxicology_- This section shows how toxic the chemical is to non target species such as birds, fish and bees
General Rule- The least toxic the better !!!
ADOPT the PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE at shul and at home