Toxic Free Neighborhoods Community Planning Guide

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1717 Kettner Blvd., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92101
FAX: (619) 232-3670

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Urban low-income communities of color often endure a disproportionate share of the health and economic burdens created by toxic chemicals. The Toxic Free Neighborhoods Community Planning Guide provides an opportunity to reverse this trend and create healthier neighborhoods through citizen participation, effective public policy advocacy, well-directed public education efforts, and pollution prevention approaches. Grassroots and environmental justice groups along with elected officials, academic institutions, city planning and zoning departments will find this guide vital to effective environmental planning and redevelopment in urban areas.

Keeping Buildings Healthy

Keeping Buildings HealthyAuthor(s): James T. O’Reilly, Philip Hagan, Ronald Gots

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471292281

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Product Description

A complete prevention and planning guide for professionals concerned with building-related illnessThe dramatic increase in claims of illness related to building conditions has created an urgent need for information and advice on all aspects of this complicated topic. Keeping Buildings Healthy tells professionals what they must know in order to identify, evaluate, and resolve the complex issues presented by building-related illness effectively. Suitable for both manufacturing and clerical environments, it offers legal, medical, behavioral, industrial hygiene, and engineering expertise found in no other single publication.

Supplemented with case studies, plus extensive reference materials on indoor environmental health standards, organizations, publications, and an indoor environmental quality evaluation checklist, this practical resource will be valued by anyone with a stake in the good health and safety of the indoor environment.

Coverage includes:
* A review of common indoor environmental quality problems, such as HVAC systems, noise, lighting, and water
* Health complaint investigations, from triage and diagnosis to choosing consultants and handling the media
* Practical and legal concerns related to government inspections
* Indoor health litigation, legal options of different parties, liability risks, insurance implications, and more

From the Publisher

Each year, thousands of people experiencing flu-like symptoms due to poor air quality and ventilation in the workplace. Other indoor environment dangers that can affect the health of workers range from exposed asbestos insulation to subtle psychological dangers such as limited sunlight. This work is designed to help readers resolve existing indoor air problems and prevent air quality issues from occurring in the future. Suitable for both manufacturing and clerical environments, this book offers legal, medical, industrial hygiene, and engineering expertise found in no other single publication.

The Healthy Household: A Complete Guide for Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment

The Healthy Household: A Complete Guide for Creating a Healthy Indoor EnvironmentAuthor(s): Lynn Marie Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Institute

Paperback: 475 pages

ISBN: 0963715631

ISBN-13: 978-0963715630

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From Booklist, 10/01/95:
We are surrounded by chemically treated and synthetically derived items having the potential to release dangerous chemical compounds into the air. Some of these toxins are mild irritants, while others can have adverse effects on the central nervous system or can be carcinogenic. Here less-toxic and alternative products for daily living are identified, simple methods of reducing risks of irritants and hazards are discussed, and techniques to maintain a healthier indoor environment are outlined. The author, who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) (a hypersensitivity to exposure to small amounts of synthetic chemicals), coedits an MCS support-group newsletter. Multiple chemical sensitivity is described as a relatively recently labeled condition that is not yet accepted by much of the medical community. The first chapter briefly discusses physicians who recognize and treat chemical illnesses, sources of mail-order companies handling books about MCS, and definitions of terms, including all-natural, no volatile organic compounds (VOC), and unscented. Other chapters discuss in detail personal-care products, clothing and various fibers, and linens. Interior Decorating covers wall paint, flooring, cabinets, furniture, window treatments, and lighting. Lifestyle offers less toxic choices for stationery, wrapping paper, electronic equipment, saunas, luggage, and pets. The chapters Cleaning and Housekeeping describe new procedures for cleaning, storage, and pest control with alternative products. Purifying indoor air and testing and treating home water are covered extensively. Another chapter offers views on the ever-controversial topic of electromagnetic radiation from high-voltage power lines as well as wiring and electrical appliances in the home. Throughout the text hundreds of suggestions, alternatives, and sources are given. The extensive appendix lists contacts for utility and government help, printed material, organizations and consulting services, product sources, and specialized resources for infants and children. The Healthy Household is a comprehensive source for anyone troubled by chemical sensitivities. The meticulous approach to making the home environment less toxic is well researched and practical. For circulating and reference collections on holistic and alternative medicine. Copyright 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved

Controlling Environmental Risks from Chemicals: Principles and Practice

Controlling Environmental Risks from Chemicals: Principles and PracticeAuthor(s): Peter Calow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Hardcover: 150 pages

ISBN: 0471969958

ISBN-13: 978-0471969952

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Commercial chemicals contribute to our social welfare, yet can pose serious problems for the environment. How do we recognise these problems? How do we manage them? How do we objectively balance environmental risks with social benefits? This book describes the principles and practices of ecological risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis, asking key but challenging questions such as ?what are we trying to protect?? and ?how do we undertake a cost-benefit analysis??. It also shows how these principles are written into legislation. The emphasis is on the EU Directives and Regulations, with a chapter on the instruments and institutions involved; but this is balanced by a review of US and International policies and legislation. In conclusion, the discussion returns to the question of attempting to balance risks with benefits, particularly in the context of the development of sustainable and globally practicable chemical control policies. The text is supplemented by a glossary that defines the inevitably large number of abbreviations and acronyms used by environmental policy-makers and regulators. The book is intended for all those who have an interest in industrial chemicals, but who need an overview of pollution and pollution control issues. It will provide an excellent reference tool for undergraduates in Environmental Science, and Policy-Makers and Environmental Consultants in the areas of ecology, ecotoxicology and risk assessment.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons
Any chemical in sufficient quantities, even the so-called natural ones, can cause problems for human health and the environment. This book describes the controls needed for chemicals and illustrates how they are being applied in Europe. It also explores the philosophical, scientific and policy basis of the general approach to chemical controls. Presents techniques that are applicable to North America.

Home Safe Home: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxics and Harmful Household Products in the Home

Home Safe Home: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxics and Harmful Household Products in the Home
Author(s): Debra Lynn Dadd

Publisher: Putnam Pub Group

Paperback: 464 pages

ISBN: 087477859X

ISBN-13: 978-0874778595

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Toxins in the home can be the cause of unexplained headaches, fatigue, and depression. It is also widely believed that there is a definite link between the increased use of toxins and the rising rate of cancer. In this book, the author of Nontoxic, Natural & Earthwise and The Nontoxic Home & Office presents more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances found in the home. Card catalog description Home Safe Home offers more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances we are exposed to in our own homes. Whether you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxics and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your life virtually toxic-free!

Comments

A reader from New York state , 01/07/98, rating=10:
A sure-fire formula for making your home safe This guide was written to give consumers an overview of the problems of everyday toxins and harmful household products. It’s designed to help you choose safe products depending on your interests, budget, medical conditions and lifestyle. The author has spent seventeen years investigating the toxic substances that caused a breakdown in her immune system. Each of her fast reading chapters explains a hazard and then provides a safe solution to the problem. Included are hundreds of inexpensive do-it-yourself formulas. The appendix includes pertinent information on the following topics: the harmful effects of common substances, dealing with household poisonings,recommended reading and organizations for each chapter, annotated mail-order sources with addresses and phone numbers, a directory of product manufacturers, an extensive bibliography, and an index. Every household needs a book like this because we can do something about the toxic environment in our homes. The table of contents and the index make this a ready reference book though it should read in its entirety. Then we will be better equipped to deal with the toxins in our homes. This book would make a great bridal shower gift. Highly recommended.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Ch. 1. How Safe is Your Home?
Ch. 2. Indoor Air Pollution
Ch. 3. Household Cleaning and Laundry Products
Ch. 4. Home and Garden Pest Control
Ch. 5. Water
Ch. 6. Drugs and Medications
Ch. 7. Beauty and Hygiene
Ch. 8. Food
Ch. 9. Textiles
Ch. 10. Home Office and Art Supplies
Ch. 11. Home Furnishings
Ch. 12. Babies and Children
Ch. 13. Pet Care
Ch. 14. Finding a Safe Home
App. A. Harmful Effects of Common Substances
App. B. Household Poisons
Recommended Resources
Mail-Order Sources
Directory of Product Manufacturers
Bibliography
Index