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




Is indoor air quality a concern for you?

We spend 90% of our time indoors. The USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air can be 10 times or more polluted than outdoor air. Long-term exposures to chemicals may cause a variety of health risks. Some people are more sensitive to commonly encountered chemicals and continued exposure can lead to disability. These include people who suffer from environmental sensitivities.

Define ‘environmental sensitivity’

A range of reactions to environmental factors including chemicals, foods, biological agents, and electromagnetic radiation, at levels of exposure tolerated by most people. This encompasses a range of overlapping chronic conditions such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and Fibromyalgia (FM).

Protect Yourself!

The impact of living with a cocktail of chemicals found in household air and dust is now scientifically proven to be harmful to your health. Those at greater risk from low-level chemical exposures include: the foetus, babies, children, women, the elderly, workers in a high-risk occupation, the poor, and people with chronic existing illnesses such as allergies, asthma, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Chemical exposures and their resulting symptoms can elude doctors because of exposure to many chemicals – people can even have different reactions to the same chemical(s).

We can all benefit from using products with zero to fewer toxic chemicals. We have complete individual control over what we purchase for our homes and families to eat, clean with, walk and sit on, or apply onto hair or skin. It makes good sense to opt for the safest products for indoor environments – especially our homes! People with environmental or chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, dermatitis and migraine must find non or least toxic products in order to maintain good health.

With thanks to

Chelsea Almadin
Rohini Peris
Melanie Belanger