The Science on Toxic Chemicals in the Built Environment: Environmental Health Disparities and Equity-Driven Solutions


Americans spend around 90 percent of their lives indoors and are exposed to many indoor contaminants for longer durations, often at higher concentrations compared to outdoor environments. The scientific literature on exposures to contaminants like particulate matter, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and methylene chloride in the indoor environment and in building materials have been linked to many adverse health effects such as respiratory and cardiovascular disease, reproductive and developmental disorders, suppressed immune systems, and cancer. Certain pollutants like particulate matter found indoors also contribute to environmental health disparities, while occupational exposures to toxic chemicals used in building materials increase risks of many poor health outcomes and death.

During this webinar, MyDzung T. Chu, Tom Bruton, and Annie Hoang will present recent research examining the health impacts of exposure to particulate matter, PFAS, and methylene chloride in the built environment. They will also discuss potential opportunities for protecting vulnerable populations including environmental justice communities and workers facing increased risks of harmful exposure.

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Event Information

Event Date 20 July, 2021 1:00 pm
Event End Date 20 July, 2021 2:15 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Online/En ligne
Categories Webinars
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