Earth Day Facts: 10 Environmental Hazards You Can Live Without

The list from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine can help improve the quality of indoor environments.

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) wants you to know there are "Ten Environmental Hazards You Can Live Without." The checklist was released to commemorate the 32nd annual observance of Earth Day on April 22.

"ACOEM''s Earth Day checklist provides 10 practical steps that all of us can take to improve the quality of our indoor environment," said Robert K. McLellan, M.D., author of the checklist and chair of the college''s Environmental Medicine Committee. "Earth Day reminds us of an ancient wisdom: People are inextricably linked with their environment. The environment does not stop at the walls of our houses and buildings."

The checklist is part of ACOEM''s ongoing commitment to protect the health and safety of workers, workplaces and the environment. The checklist focuses on household environmental hazards such as tobacco smoke, radon, asbestos, lead, combustion gases, water pollution, hazards of household chemicals, proper use of pesticides, avoiding allergens and how to avoid food poisoning - all issues with which the occupational and environmental medicine physician is familiar. The 6,000-plus members of ACOEM want everyone to implement the recommendations contained in the checklist to improve their living environment and to preserve the environment for future generations.

A poster-sized version of the checklist, suitable for framing in an office, clinic or home, is available for a nominal fee. For order information, call the ACOEM Communications Department at (847) 818-1800.

ACOEM is an international medical society with more than 6,000 members. The College provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces and environments. ACOEM is headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill.

by Sandy Smith (ssmith@penton.com)

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