FOCUS ON: Toxic Chemicals

Our homes, schools, workplaces, and even playgrounds are harbingers of untested chemicals. Over 80,000 synthetic chemicals are currently registered for use and can be found in everything from cleaning products to shower curtains, construction materials to craft supplies, carpeting to computers.

Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. For the vast majority, we don’t know their health impacts. That’s because chemicals are not tested for safety before hitting store shelves.

Meanwhile, hundreds of synthetic chemicals are detectable in our bodies, showing that we are routinely exposed to these substances.

Some of the health problems linked to toxic chemical exposure include cancer, infertility, neurodevelopmental disorders, low birth weight, learning problems, birth defects, obesity, and asthma. Pregnant women, infants, and children are especially vulnerable to the health impacts of toxic chemical exposure.

12 Rules for Building Clean Air Indoor Environments (Infographic)

BY Diane MacEachern ON March 21, 2016
The EPA estimates people spend up to 90% of their time in buildings. Many homes are built with materials that are synthetic and chemically-processed or treated. Families are increasingly aware of the impact building materials have on their indoor environment, as unhealthy indoor air can lead to a multitude of ailments:...

TOPICS: Allergies, Asthma, Children's Health, EPA, Indoor Air Pollution, Toxics
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