Audit

Healthy Home/Office Audit covers following:

  • indoor air quality (assessed for contaminants such as fragrances; ambient air pollution of the indoor air; off-gassing of furniture; furnishings and finishes; building materials and so forth)
  • mould
  • allergens (dander, dust, dust mites, chemicals in personal care and cleaning products)
  • sources of electrical, magnetic and high frequency fields inside and outside the home and also high frequency transient spikes (aka “dirty electricity”)
  • drinking water quality and recommendations on different water filters
  • lead and heavy metals (spot tests can be carried out onsite to determine the presence of lead in paints and other materials, but samples are sometimes collected for laboratory analysis – from ceiling dust, soil, paint chips, house dust and more.)

You will be given recommendations on how to create safe and healthy living/working spaces, reducing exposure to allergens, dust and EMFs, and cleaning without chemicals.

Description

Healthy Home/Office Audit will identify potential hazards related to your health concerns.

Poor indoor air quality can result from many factors, including inadequate ventilation, poorly maintained air conditioners, chemicals or exhaust fumes from outside. Inside sources include cleaning products and perfumed products, leaking gas, cooking fumes, building materials, furnishings and microbial contamination.

Health problems related to poor air quality include:

  • eye, nose and throat irritation
  • skin rashes and itchiness
  • fatigue
  • asthma and allergies
  • headaches
  • learning difficulties and  behaviour problems in children

Powerful antimicrobial chemicals (also known as disinfectants) are increasingly found in household cleaners, from laundry detergent to kitchen cleaners to handy wipes. Yet research has shown that some of the most common antimicrobial chemicals used in cleaners could have serious health consequences. Exposure to these chemicals has been linked to potential health impacts from simple irritation of the skin, eyes, and respiratory system to hormone imbalance, immune system impacts, asthma, and potential reduced fertility. The overuse of disinfectant chemicals also contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, more commonly known as “superbugs.”

Many antibacterial hand and body soaps, for instance, contain a chemical called triclosan, which poses serious risks to our health and the environment. The dangers of triclosan (and a related antibacterial chemical, triclocarban) are many. For starters, it’s an endocrine disruptor, meaning it interferes with important hormone functions, which can directly affect the brain in addition to our immune and reproductive systems. Specifically, the chemical disturbs thyroid, testosterone, and estrogen regulation, which can create a host of issues including early puberty, poor sperm quality, infertility, obesity, and cancer. Studies have also shown it can lead to impaired learning and memory, exacerbate allergies, and weaken muscle function. The impacts of prolonged exposure during fetal development, infancy, and childhood can be particularly severe, resulting in permanent damage.

Mould problems are often left unsolved and the mould is simply removed whenever it appears. Removing mould does not get rid of the problem and it will always return unless the source of the moisture is removed. Specialised equipment is required to measure the amount of moisture in the building material enabling the path to be traced back to its source, so the water intrusion can be rectified. The mould problem may be a result of leaking water pipe, a broken roof tile, lack of ventilation or possibly a bad building design or a poor building material choice.

Health problems related to mould include:

  • various health effects on the respiratory system
  • eye, nose and throat irritation / inflammation
  • wheezing, nasal congestion
  • sneezing, sinusitis, asthma, recurring colds
  • headaches, coughing and sore throat
  • fatigue not eradicated by rest
  • rashes and various skin conditions
  • learning difficulties and  behaviour problems in children

Many health effects are associated with electromagnetic field exposure but the most common are:

  • disturbed sleep
  • insomnia
  • headaches
  • tingling
  • loss of short term memory
  • difficulty concentrating
  • chronic fatigue
  • breast cancer
  • childhood leukaemia
  • brain tumours
  • tiredness
  • irritability
  • forgetfulness
  • learning difficulties
  • tinnitus

Related research

FDA Rule Casts More Doubt On Anti-Microbial Building Products

The Dirt on Antibacterial Soaps

Mold Resources

Respiratory Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles in Children

Residential Exposure to Pesticide During Childhood and Childhood Cancers

Fragranced consumer products: exposures and effects from emissions

Review of endocrine disorders associated with environmental toxicants (Endocrine disrupting chemicals used in packaging industries, pesticides, food constituents)