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You’ve washed your hands, used antibacterial soap and covered your mouth when you cough – but are you aware of the harmful chemicals that could be all around you in a hospital?
Well, across the US, unnecessary chemicals are being removed from hospitals – starting with flame retardants.
In the 70s, a change in building regulations meant all hospitals were legally required to have furniture sprayed with potentially dangerous substances like polybrominated diphenyl ethers to meet fire safety regulations.
Since that time, environmental health advocates have protested against the chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, fertility problems and a lower IQ in children.
Now, however, these chemicals are slowly but surely being phased out of the industry, increasing consumer demand for flame retardant-free products.
Although it might seem like a small change in the US hospital system, the healthcare sector has enough sway to alter entire industries. As hospitals’ decide to swerve flame retardant chemicals, so too are schools, homes and workplaces.
But how will this improve hospitals in the long run?
As the knowledge of harmful chemicals progresses, we can ensure that hospitals will grow increasingly hygienic, creating a vastly improved hygiene system.
So the next time you enter a hospital, you needn’t worry about the chemicals around you – cleanliness is improving all the time.
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