With the coronavirus epidemic of 2020, millions of people around the world will no longer spend 80% of their time in buildings (between work, school and home) but rather 95% of their time at home, continuously for weeks at a time.
Exposure to chemical agents in the workplace is a reality for many professionals. What is not known is that these products can be brought into the home and contaminate the whole family.
Indoor air pollution by microplastics :
The air that we breathe inside buildings is often more polluted than the air outside. Approximately 80% of the material we absorb passes through our breath.
The energy crisis and concern about global warming have led to drastic measures to save energy in homes by improving their insulation.
Fires are a danger too often underestimated by those who have not had to face them.
Although fire detectors are mandatory for homeowners in many countries (UK, USA, Canada, France...) the fact remains that every year there are hundreds of thousands of domestic fires. To give an order of magnitude, in the United Kingdom the number of domestic fires per year is around 40,000, in France it is estimated at more than 200,000 and in the United States at 1.3 million.
During the southern summer period, south-western Australia and the Sydney area are affected by large-scale bushfires with more than 3 million hectares burned. Due to the extreme heat at this time of year, the fires in December 2019 were particularly large and spectacular. Sydney's streets, residential areas and business districts were affected by smoke from the fires. The air pollution is not without short-term and long-term risks to the health of residents.
We are not particularly worried about dust bunnies on the ground, probably unsightly, but which seems to be just a mixture of hair and dog or cat hair.
The fire at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral dispersed a toxic cloud of lead-filled smoke over western Paris.
The significant increase in energy consumption is a global problem.
During the seventeen hours of the fire in the Lubrizol and Normandy Logistics warehouses, the toxic smoke clouds produced by the fire deposited toxic residues over several hundred kilometres northeast of Rouen.
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What are the chemical pollution markers that can be linked to the industrial accident at the SEVESO Lubrizol site in Rouen?
The Seveso classified industrial site contained substances that were dangerous for humans and the environment. During the fire, the fumes from the Lubrizol plant contained, in addition to combustion residues, many toxic chemicals.
How to make the link between a soot sample and the industrial accident at the SEVESO Lubrizol site in Rouen?
The fire at Lubrizol's SEVESO plant caused unparalleled pollution in Rouen and the municipalities along the Rouen-Lille road. The fumes loaded with soot, oils and chemicals contained in the burned warehouse were deposited on soils, buildings and waterways. While it is difficult today to measure the impact of this pollution on Man and the Environment, it is nevertheless possible to search for the specific pollutants linked to this industrial accident.
On 26 September 2019, a fire broke out at Lubrizol's Rouen industrial site. The burned premises of this plant specializing in lubricants and chemical additives contained more than 5,200 tonnes of hazardous substances.
On the night of September 25-26, the Rouen plant of the American chemical giant Lubrizol suffered a major fire that mobilized more than a hundred firefighters for hours.
The lead pollution episode of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral fire reminded us how dangerous lead is to health. This toxic metal is classified as an international public health priority and integrated into health policies in many countries such as the United States, Canada and the European Union.
Following the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, several tons of lead were washed away with the smoke and contaminated the western part of Paris.
As every year, fires devastate hundreds of hectares of forests in California. These fires generate large quantities of smoke loaded with toxic ash and combustion residues such as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). These chemical molecules are identified by health authorities as carcinogenic to humans and toxic to the environment.
Due to its toxicity, Bisphenol-A has been replaced mainly by Bisphenol-S (BPS) and Bisphenol-F (GMP).
Due to its endocrine toxicity, Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been substituted by Bisphenol-S (BPS). BPA is found in the indoor air of homes and offices and its replacement has introduced BPS into our daily lives.
In April 2019, the fire at Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral generated a cloud of smoke containing a very large amount of lead. Soot and dust migrated in the wind direction and settled on the west side of the capital.
YOOTEST has already published several articles to provide information on the dangers for Parisians of lead exposure released by the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. The combustion of the spire and roof of the historic building produced lead pollution of the environment nearby and over several kilometres. The news site Médiapart alerts on a new "health scandal".