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Hazardous Waste Site Health Risk Assessment Program

  • Air pollution
  • Playground Area Concerns
  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Noise
  • Radon
  • Toys and other Consumer Products
  • Well Water Concerns

Children breathe more air per body weight than adults. This leaves children at greater risk of health effects when exposed to air pollution. Air pollution is a common trigger of asthma episodes in asthmatics.

Air Quality Information [CDC]

Criteria Air Pollutants [CDC]

AirNow- Air quality in your area [EPA]

Particulate Matter [CDC]

Asthma- Causes and Triggers [Florida DOH]

Asthma Program [Florida DOH]

Artificial turf and crumb rubber

Some artificial turfs contain crumb rubber infill made from old tires, which could contain potentially harmful petroleum compounds, lead and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs).

FAQs: Crumb Rubber & Artificial Turf [CEHN]

FAQs: Crumb Rubber in Athletic Fields [Minnesota DOH]

Federal Research on Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber [EPA]

CCA-Treated Wood

Wooded playground structures made before 2004 could have been pressure-treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) solution. CCA-treated wood contains arsenic, which can be harmful to children if they come in contact with the wood and dust from the wood.

CCA-Treated Wood Guidance [CPSC]

Arsenic FAQs [Florida DOH]

Arsenic – Tox FAQs [ATSDR]

Petroleum Compounds

Some petroleum compounds can cause a variety of health effects including cancers.

Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) [ATSDR]

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) [ATSDR]

Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)

Many children are sensitive to VOCs, which can cause irritation to airways, skin and eyes, as well as other health effects depending on the extent of exposure and other factors.

Volatile Organic Compounds in Your Home [Minnesota DOH]

If disturbed, materials that contain asbestos can release asbestos fibers. The fibers are so small they can be breathed into the lungs, which may lead to serious health effects including cancer.

Asbestos and Your Health [ATSDR]

Where is Asbestos Found? [ATSDR]

Asbestos Professionals [EPA]

Asbestos FAQs [Florida DEP]

Asbestos Compliance and Contacts [Florida DEP]

Noise can be harmful to children's hearing, learning, speech and mental health.

Noise and Its Effects on Children [EPA]

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, which you cannot see, smell or taste. Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

Radon Program [Florida DOH]

Find Certified Radon Professional [Florida DOH]

Radon Facts [Florida DOH]

Mandatory Radon Testing [Florida DOH]

Some toys and other consumer products may contain harmful toxins. It is important to check current recalls to find out if the products you are using are safe.

Product Recall Search [CPSC]

Well water can contain harmful contaminants such as lead, arsenic and nitrates. It is important to test well water at least once a year to ensure that your well water is safe.

Private Well Testing [Florida DOH]