Healthy Home Canada
Do it for a Healthy Home
Chemicals are part of everyday life, essential to our economy, our communities and our homes. While chemical substances provide benefits, they may also have harmful effects on human health and the environment. In 2006, the Government of Canada launched the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) to protect Canadians and their environment from the harmful effects of chemical substances. Healthy Home Canada is a useful resource to search information on chemical safety, asbestos in the home, tips on protecting families from chemicals and pollutants and more. All the documents are downloadable.
Radon in Homes
Uranium is a common element found everywhere in the earth’s crust, as a result radon gas can be found in almost all homes in Canada. Concentrations differ greatly across the country, but are usually higher in areas where there is a higher amount of uranium in underlying rock and soil. Radon concentration levels will vary from one house to another, even if they are similar designs and next door to each other. The only way to be sure of the radon level in your home is to test. Radon is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can accumulate to high levels and become a risk to the health of you and your family.
- Radon is the 2nd LEADING CAUSE of LUNG CANCER
- 3000 + PEOPLE/YEAR die from radon-induced LUNG CANCER
- Radon is in ALL buildings
- The only way to know how much radon is in your home is to TEST
- Radon is easy to TEST and easy to REDUCE
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is the national organization that supports the more than 18,000 occupational therapists (OTs) who work or study in Canada. OTs improve the health and well-being of Canadians by creating client-centred solutions that help them participate more fully in activities that are important to their everyday lives. CAOT provides products, services and learning opportunities that assist OTs in achieving excellence in their professional practice. Additionally, CAOT provides leadership in the development and promotion of the occupational therapy profession in Canada and internationally.
Accessible Housing by Design
Ideas for accessible design, adaptations for changing needs and examples of designs and adaptations.
Well Building Standards
The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
Sustainable Furnishings Council
There is overwhelming scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change, and equally overwhelming evidence that environmental pollutants are harming our health. It is urgent that we take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, reduce other pollutants, and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical inputs from all furnishings product platforms. SFC supports members of the industry in taking those steps. The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry.
Asbestos-containing products are mainly used for construction and insulation, but the toxic mineral may also be found in many types of consumer goods. There are regulations for working on asbestos-containing materials in the U.S., but only certain asbestos products are banned.