Information for Child Care Providers about Chemical Hazards
A child born today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than a child from any other generation in our nation's history. Of the 85,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today, only a small fraction has been tested for toxicity on human health.
A 2005 study found 287 different chemicals in cord blood of 10 newborn babies - chemicals from pesticides, fast food packaging, coals and gasoline emissions and trash incineration. Children are more vulnerable to toxic chemicals because their bodies are still growing and developing. This section of the website provides information you can use to minimize exposure to potentially toxic chemicals found in items including some plastic toys, flame retardants, art supplies, and non-stick cookware.
- Proper Maintenance, Removal, and Disposal of PCB-Containing Fluorescent Light Ballasts
- Eco-Healthy Child Care: Art Supplies (PDF)(2 pp, 594 K, About PDF) Exit
- Eco-Healthy Child Care: Treated Playground Equipment (PDF)(2 pp, 594 K, About PDF) Exit
- Reducing Your Exposure to PCBs Exit
- Reducing Your Exposure to PFCs Exit