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Environmental Checklist for Future Parents
Do you know what you need to know about environmental chemicals? Find out by reviewing this checklist.

Note, this checklist is just a beginning. We hope it helps you recognize the kinds of questions that parents need to ask. For complete explanations about potential chemical hazards, and solutions for keeping your kids safe and healthy, please refer to the source, RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN IN A TOXIC WORLD: 101 SMART SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY FAMILY.


Are you RENOVATING your house?
yes

no


Do you keep cleaners, strippers and CHEMICALS around your house?
yes

no


Do you use PESTICIDES around your house?
yes

no


Do you have your own household PAINTING, floor REFINISHING, furniture refinishing, or automobile RESTORATION or detail painting business?
yes

no


Do you use DRUGS or ALCOHOL?
yes

no


Do you take prescription MEDICATIONS?
yes

no


Are you a SMOKER?
yes

no


Do you use OSHA-APPROVED PROTECTIVE clothing and respiratory equipment when required?
yes

no


Do you work in a PRINT SHOP?
yes

no


Do you work in an INDUSTRIAL or MANUFACTURING firm?
yes

no


Do you work in the PETROCHEMICAL industry?
yes

no


Do you work with SPRAY PAINTS?
yes

no


Do you work in a GAS station or automobile repair shop?
yes

no


Is part of your job to replace worn-out brakes?
yes

no


Does your gas station have adequate EXHAUST systems for fumes?
yes

no


Are you exposed to ANTIFREEZE and petroleum product spills that are not immediately cleaned up?
yes

no


Do you work in a health clinic, HOSPITAL or physician's office?
yes

no


Do you know what industrial CHEMICALS are released into your community?
yes

no


Are you an X-RAY technician or do you work around an x-ray machine?
yes

no


Do you work in an OPERATING ROOM?
yes

no


Do you work in a hospital LABORATORY?
yes

no


Do you spend time in an enclosed room with a COPY MACHINE?
yes

no


Do you work with SPRAY adhesives, fixatives, or rubber cement?
yes

no


Do you work on a FARM?
yes

no


Do you know what kinds of PESTICIDES are used on the farm?
yes

no


Are you a house PAINTER?
yes

no


Do you use respiratory PROTECTION when painting indoors?
yes

no


Do you use paints with MERCURY or CADMIUM?
yes

no


Do you use a HEAT GUN to remove paint?
yes

no


Do you work in the building trades?
yes

no


Are you a WELDER?
yes

no


Are you a furniture REFINISHER?
yes

no


Have you melted down old BATTERIES?
yes

no


Do you work with MERCURY?
yes

no


Do you like to go FISHING?
yes

no


Do you EAT what you catch?
yes

no


Do you work with STAINED GLASS?
yes

no


Do you do DECOUPAGE?
yes

no


Do you restore FURNITURE?
yes

no


Do you work with DECORATIVE CRAFTS?
yes

no


Do you restore old AUTOMOBILES?
yes

no

This checklist was excerpted from RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN IN A TOXIC WORLD: 101 SMART SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY FAMILY by Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., and Mary Landrigan, M.P.A. For more information and to obtain a copy of the book please visit shoppbs.org.



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