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Food, toys, furniture, building products—just about everything around us—can contain chemicals that will make us very sick or even kill us if we are exposed at a certain level over a long period of time. Sometimes it seems like there’s some new killer substance in our homes, schools, and offices almost every day of the week.
But news stories about these products usually provide little or no context to help people understand when they may truly be in danger.
A lot of people, overwhelmed by the constant scares and unclear on which products are actually hazardous, give up on keeping track of everything that might poison them.
Building industry professionals don’t have that luxury.
Clients are paying attention, but they need your help
Knowing which building materials and products are likely to contain which toxic substances—and knowing when to minimize use of those materials or find less-toxic alternatives—comes with the territory. And the need for this knowledge is not just confined to the green building world anymore.