HEAL advocates for prevention of health impacts of hazardous chemicals
HEAL’s Deputy Director Anne Stauffer recently encouraged ministerial representatives of the European region to increase activities for the prevention of effects of hazardous chemicals on human health. This includes providing information materials for the public, particularly vulnerable groups.
By tirelessly advocating for the phase-out and substitution of carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), HEAL works to create healthy indoor and outdoor environments and healthy healthcare settings to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals for our health and the environment.
At a recent WHO Europe meeting on the strategic approach to international chemicals management (SAICM) in the health sector, HEAL pointed out the need to reduce our exposure to chemicals and also looked at the health sector priorities to the 2020 goal in the WHO European Region. The meeting took place in preparation of the next SAICM meeting scheduled for October 2015.
Education and awareness raising about these hazardous chemicals is crucial for the public to learn about their harmful effects on health and the environment. HEAL’s Chemical Health Monitor project shares evidence with the public health community, interested citizens and policy makers on the link between chemicals and diseases, such as hormone-related cancers, reproductive problems, diabetes, and neurological problems such as learning disabilities, impaired IQ and autism.
Engagement of civil society plays a vital role in taking action on these harmful chemicals. Officially launched in March 2013, the EDC-Free Europe campaign offers the public an opportunity to find out more about how EDCs may be harming health, and how and why they should call for national and EU action on EDCs.
Originally posted on 13 July 2015