Maintaining a home that's clean and safe
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."
-- Shari Roan
Photo: A sampling of "green" household products. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times