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Case study: chemical safety in schools in the Philippines

Several chemical incidents involving mercury and other chemicals have occurred in some schools in the Philippines in the past years. The Department of Health (DOH) has been providing assistance to the Department of Education (DepEd) in handling chemical incidents and conducting health assessment of students and teachers exposed to toxic chemicals. Due to the health impacts caused by these incidents, the DOH collaborated with the DepEd on several activities aimed at preventing chemical exposures among students and school personnel.

The DOH took the initiative to conduct the study to assess the current situation of schools in the Philippines with regards to chemical safety, and partnered with other institutions to achieve the objectives of this project.