- Science Resources
- Health Care Action Kit
- Failure of Current Chemical Policy — and Better Solutions
- Chemical Exposure and Occupational Hazards
- Alternatives to Pesticides
- Greener Cleaners
- Safer Disinfectants
- Reducing Fragrance Exposures
- The CHE Toxicant and Disease Database is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions.
- Through the Human Toxome Project at the Environmental Working Group, researchers are using cutting edge biomonitoring techniques to test blood, urine, breast milk, and other human tissues for industrial chemicals that enter the human body as pollution via food, air, and water, or from exposures to ingredients in everyday consumer products.
- The book Our Stolen Future brought world-wide attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption and the fact that common contaminants can interfere with the natural signals controlling development of the fetus. This website tracks the most recent developments.
- Environmental Health News, published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a non-profit organization working to advance the public's understanding of environmental health issues by providing access to worldwide news about a variety of subjects related to the health of humans, wildlife, and ecosystems. Their daily e-letter, Above The Fold, is available for free.
- A nationwide survey of more than 1,500 nurses suggests associations between the health of nurses and their children from nurses' long-term exposures to the many hazardous chemicals, drugs, and other agents to which they are exposed over the course of a workday.
- Common Substances in Hospitals May Cause Asthma
- Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now, President’s Cancer Panel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- State of the Evidence 2010: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, Edited by Janet Gray, Ph.D., published by the Breast Cancer Fund
- American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2012
Safer Chemicals: Health Care Action Kit
The Guide to Choosing Safer Products and Chemicals was developed by Health Care Without Harm to help health care institutions transition to safer chemicals and materials and to understand the broader public policy context in which the institutional work takes place.
Download the entire Guide to Choosing Safer Products and Chemicals: Implementing Chemicals Policy in Health Care. For a brief overview, download the Getting Started Guide.
Table of Contents
Section A: Introductory Documents
- Rationale for a Comprehensive Chemicals Policy in Health Care
- Explanation of a Comprehensive Chemicals Policy in Health Care
Section B: Policies and Plans for Implementation
- Developing a Written Institutional Chemicals Policy
- Developing a Written Plan of Action to Implement an Institutional Chemicals Policy
- Key Issues for Implementation of a Comprehensive Chemicals Policy Program
Section C: Implementation Strategies
- Supply Chain Implementation Strategy
- Advocacy Implementation Strategy
- Occupational Health Implementation Strategy
Section D: Appendices
- Annotated List of Chemical Lists for Targeted Chemicals Strategy
- Check-list for Chemicals Policy Implementation
Failure of Current Chemical Policy — and Better Solutions
- Chemical Regulation: Options Exist to Improve EPA's Ability to Assess Health Risks and Manage Its Chemical Review Program, Report by US Government Accounting Office, June 2005, GAO-05-458
- Nanotechnology's Invisible Threat: Small Science, Big Consequences, by Jennifer Sass, Report by Natural Resources Defense Council
- Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Chemical Hazard Data Availability Study: What Do We Really Know About the Safety of High Production Volume Chemicals? April 1998.
- U.S. Government Accounting Office. Chemical Regulation: Options for Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Toxic Substances Control Act. GAO-09-428T. February 2009.
- Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, by Stacy Malkan, New Society, 2007. This award-winning book by former HCWH communications director Stacy Malkan reveals the toxic truth about everyday personal care products and describes the ongoing efforts to give the beauty industry a safety makeover.
- Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power, by Mark Schapiro, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007. Investigative journalist Mark Schapiro takes the reader to the front lines of global corporate and political power, where tectonic battles are being waged that will determine the physical and economic health of our children and ourselves.
- The Body Toxic: How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens our Health and Well-Being, by Nena Baker, North Point Press, 2008. Investigative journalist Nena Baker answers the pressing questions raised by our ongoing, ubiquitous, and unwitting exposures to the everyday toxics grabbing headlines today: phthalates in plastic; bisphenol A in food and beverage containers; flame retardants in furniture; and perfluorinated chemicals in food wrappers.
- Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill, by Phillip Shabecoff and Alice Shabecoff, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010. Based on more than five years of investigative research and reporting, this book reveals the cumulative scientific evidence connecting the massive increase in environmental poisons to the epidemic of disability, disease, and dysfunction among our nation's children.
- 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, posted on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website
- Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation, by Michael Wilson, Report by California Policy Research Center
- Report: Healthy Business Strategies for Transforming the Chemical Economy
Chemical Exposure and Occupational Hazards
- EWG Survey links chemical exposures on the job to diseases in nurses
- Common Substances in Hospitals May Cause Asthma
- Green Birthdays outlines practical steps to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in the birth place.
- For more information about the science linking chemical exposures and chronic disease, see the Safer Chemicals section.
Alternatives to Pesticides
- Healthy Hospitals: Controlling Pests Without Harmful Pesticides - This joint report with HCWH and Beyond Pesticides details the results of a survey of hospital pesticide use and provides guidance on safer pest management practices, 11/03
- Integrated Pest Management for Schools: A Catolog of Resources - This report by the University of Florida contains a wealth of information, including technical material that is applicable to health care facilities.
- Beyond Pesticides
- Californians for Pesticide Reform
- Bio-Integral Resource Center
- Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
- Pesticide Action Network of North America
- Extoxnet's Pesticide Information Profiles
- Cleaning for Health: Products and Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment
- Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities: Reducing Human Health Effects and Environmental Impacts
- Green Cleaning in Healthcare: Current Practices and Questions for Future Research
- 10 Reasons to Eliminate Glutaraldehyde, Sustainable Hospitals Project
- Glutaraldehyde: Occupational Hazards in Hospitals, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health