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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • RHS earns GOLD EHS School designation

  • Rolla High School (RHS), along with its Environmental Health Services (EHS) team, has earned a distinguishing certification as the first educational facility to be designated as a Gold EHS School by the Green Clean Institute (GCI).
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  • Rolla High School (RHS), along with its Environmental Health Services (EHS) team, has earned a distinguishing certification as the first educational facility to be designated as a Gold EHS School by the Green Clean Institute (GCI).
    This certification is the result of the school and team’s dedication to education and implementation of “Best Practices,” verified via an international reporting program of criteria from GCI.
    This certification will be presented as a result of verifiable attributes primarily originating from within the EHS team, its implementation of recognized procedures, products and practices.
    This reporting program takes into consideration facility attributes, which together with the practices of the EHS team, have create an improved and sustainable program, resulting in proactive and positive effects on the indoor environment of the facility.
    To be eligible for this Gold EHS School certification from GCI, this EHS team first completed professional educational course materials, complete with testing, to earn the Silver EHS certification.
    Chris Headrick, a certified Green Clean Institute Certified executive, then took on the task of verifying attributes outlined within the EHS 180 Best Practice Standard software.
    This included not only identifying products and procedures used within the facility, but also a detailed recording process. With each line item recorded, points were awarded, with a goal of reaching a minimum of 350 points out of the 1,000 points available.
    The Rolla High School facility and its EHS team accounted for 625 points, making RHS the first educational setting to achieve this certification.
    To acknowledge this achievement, GCI will present the Rolla School Board and the EHS team from RHS with a certification door mat and individual awards. This specialized mat will notify any people entering RHS that they are utilizing a facility which has met certification criteria.
    This signifies that together, the facility and EHS team has gone above and beyond maintaining a campus that not just appears clean, but one that the built environment is certified to have positive impacts on indoor air quality through the science of cleaning, utilized by this certified EHS team at RHS.
    This EHS team includes Headrick, James Wallen, Jason Conroy, Jeff Linehardt, Mark House, Ron Quick and Troy Richardson and has shown that while even though most of the community may take for granted the maintenance of an educational facility, they have an understanding of the complexities of not only the requirements but enjoy the rewards.
    GCI congratulates both RHS and the EHS team and their efforts in achieving this first ever distinction as a Gold EHS School.
    People can learn more about GCI programs and criteria at http://www.gcicertified.com/.

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