Understanding the Issue

Many of the products and items found in homes contain and release toxic substances that can harm our health.

Tóxicos en el hogar

These substances are present in construction parts, decoration materials, insulators, paints, coatings, plastics, cleaning products, household pesticides, air fresheners, cleaning products and personal hygiene, tap water, food, as well as other things present in homes.

Countless scientific studies have associated these substances with health problems even at very low concentrations, for example in house dust. Some of these substances belong to groups such as phthalates, fire retardants, perfluorinated compounds, or among many others, volatile organic compounds (formaldehyde, benzene, toluene ...) which can be inhaled within households.

The fact that the population of the western world spends about 90% of their time indoors elevates this issue to be a serious health concern for major institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

References

NTP 521: Calidad de aire interior: emisiones de materiales utilizados en la construcción, decoración y mantenimiento de edificios.

NTP 607: Guías de calidad de aire interior: contaminantes químicos. Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo.

NTP 243: Ambientes cerrados: calidad del aire. Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo.

NTP 466: Calidad del aire: determinación ambiental de formaldehído y medición de su contenido en tableros. Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo.

NTP 289: Síndrome del edificio enfermo: factores de riesgo. Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo.

Calidad de aire interior. Portal de riesgo químico. INSHT.

Total health assessment of chemicals in indoor climate from various consumer products. Survey of Chemical Substances in Consumer Products, No. 75 2006. Environmental Protection Agency. Danish Ministry of the Environment.