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Maintaining a home that's clean and safe

January 21, 2010 | 11:09 am

GreenCleanInformation to help people avoid harmful substances in their homes is available online or in print form thanks to an alliance of health and environmental experts at UC San Francisco.

The material includes tips on reducing exposure to metals and synthetic chemicals used in everyday life at home and work. There are also recommendations on shopping for safe products and how various substances affect men, women, pregnant women and children. Recent research has shown that exposure to chemicals may impair reproductive health and that developing fetuses and young children are especially vulnerable to contaminants.

"We've identified key areas where exposures are constant and avoidable, and a means for individuals to contact government representatives to prevent impacts of environmental contaminants on future generations," Tracey Woodruff, director of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, said in a news release. "Although certain groups are most vulnerable, toxic substances in the environment affect every person, every day and are the responsibility of all of us."

The brochure and links to further resources can be found on the PRHE website. A downloadable brochure is also available.

-- Shari Roan

Photo: A sampling of "green" household products. Credit: Anne Cusack  /  Los Angeles Times