By: Dr. Grace Ziem, M.D., Dr. P.H
We live in a world filled with human-produced chemicals. Over 80,000 chemicals are used in the manufacture of products for industry and consumers, with approximately another 4000 new, mostly untested chemicals coming on the market every year. Because we now spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the chemicals being used in our workplaces, schools, and homes–places where we spend most of our time indoors. The following articles will help you prevent chemical injury or, if you’re already chemically injured or chemically sensitive, these articles will help you avoid further injury:
Recognize Early Warnings: Learn how to recognize your body’s warning symptoms to prevent more serious injury or chemical damage that may be permanent.
Avoid Toxic Exposure: Books and other resources to assist you avoid injury from chemicals.
Find Out About Your Chemical Exposures: Why you will benefit from discovering which chemicals you are exposed to at work, school, or home and how to minimize or eliminate your exposure to them.
Pesticides: Exactly why you should avoid exposure to pesticides, including in the food you eat. Provides resources for gathering information on alternatives to pesticides and food sources without pesticides.
Pest Control: Information on best pest control practices, including how to learn what pesticides are being used around your apartment or condo, workplace, and your childrens’ schools. Beyond Pesticides is an excellent resource for information on safe pest control.
Sick Buildings: Steps to take if you’re experiencing symptoms of chemical exposure and suspect that your workplace, school, or home is a sick building.
Workplace Exposures: Your rights as an employee to know what chemicals are being used by you or near you and your rights to a safe, healthy workplace under OSHA regulations.
OSHA Right to Know Safety Data Sheet Information: Form to use to obtain information on chemical use in your workplace.
Examples of Severe Chemical Injury from Dr. Ziem’s Patients: Discussion on common situations where chemical exposure has caused severe injury in patients and the what, where, why, and how on minimizing or eliminating these situations to protect yourself from unnecessary contact with harmful chemicals.
Other Information Sources: A comprehensive list of resources ranging from measuring indoor air quality to organic pest control to using OHSA to protect your rights on the job and much more.
Drug Free Lawn (brochure) (.pdf): How to care for a safe, healthy, green lawn without pesticides.
TLV Articles (Exposure Limits)
The following articles discuss the inadequacies in the levels–ostensibly set by the federal government– that are deemed safe for workers repeatedly exposed to chemicals used in the workplace.