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Daycare dust to be analyzed for toxins
« on: April 01, 2010, 01:11:48 PM »
Your baby has been scooting around on the daycare centre floor all morning. Meanwhile, your toddler has been playing hide-and-seek in the curtains.

Their daycare may look spotless and tidy, but could invisible chemical toxins be lurking in the dust?

Health Canada is conducting a study to find out. Researchers at the Environmental Health, Science and Research Bureau plan to collect dust samples from 300 licensed daycare centres in Ontario and Quebec and analyze them for potentially hazardous chemicals, according to an online government procurement notice.

“This study will investigate young children's potential exposure to many widely-used chemicals,” it says. “Residues of many of these chemicals settle on indoor dust and could potentially become a source of exposure for children.”

Household dust can contain a multitude of harmful synthetic chemicals, including flame retardants known as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), which are found in common consumer electronics such as televisions and computers, as well as in upholstered sofas and chairs and rugs, says Rick Smith, executive director of the Toronto-based activist group Environmental Defence.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/daycare-dust-to-be-analyzed-for-toxins/article1520038/

 

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