The European Trade Union Institute has produced this video to highlight the need of a new Community health and safety strategy for the period 2013-2020.
Various stakeholders review the groundwork on the already seriously belated strategy, and put forward their proposals and options for recommended priorities, including the need to take actions to prevent workers exposure to endocrine disrupters.
Dolores Romano of the Instituto Sindical de Trabajo Ambiente y Salud (ISTAS) in Spain participates in the video speaking about EDCs in the workplace.
HEAL and PAN Europe recently launched this video clip to urge organisations to join the “EDC Free campaign” as part of activities in Pesticides Action Week (20-30 March 2013).
The theme of Pesticides Action Week was “Endocrine disrupting pesticides” with the overall aim being to highlight the risks to health and the environment from pesticides – and to promote alternatives. In Brussels, HEAL and PAN E held a briefing for journalists and the video is one of the outcomes of the event.
More information on activities during Pesticides Action week here
The Danish Ecological Council has recently launched a new documentary film entitled ‘Hazardous Chemicals in our Blood’ which focuses on endocrine disrupting phthalates in medical devices. Vulnerable patients can be exposed to EDCs every day in many hospitals.
Catheters, tubes, blood bags and other medical devices made of PVC contains, in many cases, hormone disrupting phthalates, which are added to make the plastic soft and pliable. The phthalates are especially problematic for vulnerable groups such as premature babies, children and pregnant women.
This film examines why these harmful chemicals are still present in medical devices and what action needs to be taken to ensure that no unnecessary exposure occurs via medical devices.
”Unacceptable levels” by Ed Brown, (USA) became the winner of the first-ever film prize on health and environment at the 30th International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) in Paris on 26 February 2013.
The prize was established by a partnership between FIFE, the festival organisers and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).
The film addresses the theme of the chemicals that are invading our environment and puts practical questions to the audience about these substances and where they are found. The director tries to offer the audience answers by questioning scientists and representatives of NGOs which leads to the conclusion that governments are not necessarily doing all they should to protect the public. Ultimately, the film encourages everyone to look more deeply into these questions for ourselves.
“In Small-Print“, which was launched in Madrid on 15 March 2013 shows how we are affected by the chemicals we are in contact with every day. Many of these substances have a direct impact on our endocrine system by mimicking hormones and therefore altering the system.
The aim of the documentary is to inform and raise awareness of the risks from chemical substances and their health effects, showing where you can find EDCs and what can we do to protect ourselves and our children.
Our research for this documentary revealed a significant increase in cases of cancer and infertility, but also of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or autism, which are related to chemical exposure.
We travelled all over Spain to interview internationally recognised experts to speak about their work, investigation and see their laboratory. They shared with us their concerns and challenges for the generations to come. We must act now to control this chemical epidemic, for our health and that of our children.
More information on the documentary, on related developments and on EDCs can be found here.
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You may not be aware, but many everyday products contain toxic chemicals that may be detrimental to your health and the health of your family. Many of the chemicals can be more toxic when they are mixed together. That is what is called the “cocktail effect”. It is in our power to help reduce this toxic effect.