NIEHS- Environmental Agent Pages

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the December 2014 newsletter.

I was recently doing some research on endocrine disruptors and I came across a page on the NIEHS website.  It provided a nice summary and dozens of useful links.  As I dug around more on their website, I realized they have great summaries and useful links for several indoor air quality contaminants.

Who is the NIEHS?  According to their website, The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.

Here are some links to environmental agents that have dedicated pages:

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Endocrine Disruptors and IAQ

Most indoor air quality professionals are quite conversant on contaminants such as mold, VOCs, radon and the other “biggies”.  Professionals need to be familiar with a lesser known class of contaminants which include plasticizers and flame retardants.  These contaminants have been reaching the headlines because of research showing their ability to disrupt the endocrine system.

Do what to the what?  Your endocrine system is comprised of your body’s glands that secrete hormones.  Some chemicals can act like hormones and have a serious effect on your health.

Here is a quick run down of some endocrine disruptors you’ll see in the news: Continue reading