Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care October 7, 2009
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in partnership with American Nurses Association (ANA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) have released the “Hazardous Chemicals In Health Care” report, detailing the first investigation ever of chemicals found in the bodies of health care professionals. The inquiry found that all of the 20 participants had toxic chemicals associated with health care in their bodies. Each participant had at least 24 individual chemicals present, four of which are on the recently released Environmental Protection Agency list of priority chemicals for regulation. These chemicals are all associated with chronic illness and physical disorders.
PSR is thrilled to release the Spanish-language version of its report, “Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care.” The report, written with the American Nurses Association and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), details the first investigation of environmental chemicals found in the bodies of health care professionals. The study found that all 20 study participants had toxic chemicals in their bodies, with at least 24 individual chemicals present in each participant. We extend our thanks to HCWH/Latin American Regional Office for the translation.