ASEQ-EHAQ

L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec / Environmental Health Association of Québec

Resources for Environmental Sensitivities

ASEQ-EHAQ has three other websites

Safer Cleaning Practices to Reduce COVID-19 & Virus Spread

Letter of support : Accessibility for persons experiencing environmental sensitivities

Documents on environmental sensitivities

Diagnostic tools

  • The Brief Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (BREESI) is a screening tool whose three questions determine whether an individual should take the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI). The QEESI is a validated 50-item questionnaire used worldwide to assess chemical intolerance (CI) whose prevalence is 8-33% in population-based surveys. To learn more about CI’s underlying disease process (Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance, TILT) and the QEESI, visit www.TILTresearch.org.
    Our research revealed that 97% of persons answering “Yes” to all three items on the BREESI had high CI scores as assessed by the QEESI. If two items were endorsed, approximately 84% of the sample had high CI scores. If one item was endorsed, 48% had high CI scores. 100% of those who answered “No” to all of the BREESI items, showed no evidence of CI on the QEESI. Any individual answering “Yes” to one or more of the three BREESI screening items should take the full QEESI at www.TILTresearch.org.
  • The Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI) is a validated questionnaire for chemical intolerance and the most widely used screening instrument available for personal use. Researchers and clinicians around the world use the QEESI to document symptoms and intolerances. People who use the QEESI find it helpful for self-assessment. It’s also a useful tool for you to take to your doctor to explain your exposures and symptoms.
  • Taking An Exposure History: A mnemonic (CH2OPD2) helps to organize the history, and the forms below can be given to patients to be completed at home and reviewed at a subsequent educational counseling visit.

Hospital Protocol

A Practical Guide for Hospital Staff

Part 1: Pollution Prevention

Part 2: Environment-Sensitive Care

Documents for good management of environmental sensitivities

Managing the Illness

Legal Information

Healthy solutions for everyday living

Human Rights Commission

Information on fragrances and their effects on health and how to establish a fragrance-free policy in healthcare and other establishments

Personal Needs

Websites for indoor air quality

The Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings.
Guides for Indoor Air Quality

Research  – Dr Claudia Miller, Toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT)

Toxicant‑induced loss of tolerance for chemicals, foods, and drugs: assessing patterns of exposure behind a global phenomenon

Shahir Masri, Claudia S. Miller, Raymond F. Palmer and Nicholas Ashford

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Research on fragranced product emissions, exposures, and effects : 
Dr. Anne Steinemann

(1) The Fragranced Products Phenomenon: Air Quality and Health, Science and Policy*
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(2) Pandemic Products and Volatile Chemical Emissions
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(3) Volatile Chemical Emissions from Essential Oils with Therapeutic Claims
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(4) Volatile Chemical Emissions from Car Air Fresheners
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(5) Evaluating Air Quality with and without Air Fresheners 
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(6) Emissions from Dryer Vents during use of Fragranced and Fragrance-Free Laundry Products*
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(7) Migraine Headaches and Fragranced Consumer Products: An International Population-Based Study
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(8) Fragranced Laundry Products and Emissions from Dryer Vents: Implications for Air Quality and Health 
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(9) Exposures and Effects from Fragranced Consumer Products in Germany
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Also included are six recent articles, all open access, that may be of interest: 

(1) Fragrance-Free Policies and Indoor Environments*
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(2) International Prevalence of Fragrance Sensitivity*
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(3) International Prevalence of Chemical Sensitivity, Co-prevalences with Asthma and Autism, and Effects from Fragranced Consumer Products* 
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(4) Fragranced Consumer Products and Effects on Asthmatics: An International Population-Based Study*
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(5) Air Fresheners and Indoor Built Environments*
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(6) Green Buildings and Indoor Air Quality*
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