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Healthy School Initiative

The Haverkate Healthy School initiative has been started as a way to improve the standards of indoor air quality in Ontario schools. Our goal is to ensure that children in this province have a safe, toxic free indoor school environment in which to learn and thrive. Good indoor air quality is essential to good learning and our sense of well being. It results in vibrant, consistent learning with little absenteeism and good productivity for both students and staff.

No child should be sick as a result of being at school. We know now that poor indoor air quality poses serious health problems to children.  Poor indoor air quality can cause fatigue, nosebleeds, rashes, nausea, headaches, respiratory difficulties, and ear, nose and throat problems. Some children, particularly those with allergies and chemical sensitivities are really suffering in their school environments. Learning is compromised when a child is struggling with their health.  How can we expect students to strive for academic excellence when we don’t provide them with basic clean air to breath? Our kids deserve better!

The Haverkate Healthy School Award is given to those schools that have made a real commitment to provide safe indoor air quality for their students. These schools have made a commitment to excellence in their indoor environments in order to provide the children in their care with an optimal learning environment.

The first step for schools is to call us for an Environmental Assessment. At Haverkate and Associates we do so much more than just a visual inspection.  We use state of the art instrumentation that will allow you to see exactly what is going on in your indoor environment. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive, easy to understand report outlining your results and we’ll provide recommendations on how to make your school air the safest that it can be.

Those schools that have the assessment done, implement our recommendations and succeed in obtaining safe air readings will be awarded the Haverkate Healthy School Award. These schools will be presented with a certificate to display in their foyer and will also be featured on our website (coming soon). We will be happy to come out to your parent meetings with our communications package to discuss what we do. We’ll help you every step of the way.

We’d like to thank all of the schools that are involved in this initiative. Together with you, we are improving the quality of our indoor environments one school at a time.

Thank you!

Frank Haverkate



Did you know?

Fact:  In 1994 Ministry of Health Canada and the EPA in the United States made direct links between polluted indoor spaces and a variety of health problems.  The EPA found that on average pollution indoors can be 6 to 10 times higher than the outside air in most cities.

Employers can now be criminally liable for poor indoor air quality:
Bill C-45, an act to amend the Criminal Code, will come into force March 31, 2004. Bill-C45 amends the criminal code to clearly define who is responsible for the safety of persons in the workplace and to allow for prosecution under charges of “criminal negligence” when those responsibilities are recklessly or willfully disregarded.  This includes poor working conditions due to poor indoor air quality.