News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Report finds little risk to infants

Report finds little risk to infants

A report released by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) has found that exposure to a group of substances (PBDEs*) used in the upholstery of car seats as a flame retardant, is unlikely to cause adverse health effects in infants and toddlers .

Children are particularly susceptible to toxicants that affect development, such as PBDEs, so a study was undertaken to determine the risk to infants/toddlers exposed to PBDEs while restrained in a car seat.

The resulting report was produced for the Ministry of Health as part of their work to reduce the number of preventable injuries through exposure to chemical substances and products.

The most important exposure factors for infants/toddlers in a car are the concentrations of PBDEs in air and dust and the length of time the toddler is in the car.

The full report is available at http://www.esr.cri.nz/publications/Pages/MinistryofHealth.aspx

* Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are commercially produced halogenated compounds that are added to plastics and polyurethane foams as flame retardants.


More information on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants banning the production and use of some toxic chemicals ratified by New Zealand in September 2004.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Charlotte Yates' Mansfield Project

Katherine Mansfield's vapid verses are of even less interest than her over-rated short stories, but Yates has risen to the challenge of producing a fascinating compilation album by a variety of musicians to accompany her poetry. More>>

Howard Davis: Dazed & Confused by Beats

Beats is both a coming-of-age tale and a romantic movie about endings, set to a nostalgic backdrop of the disappearing tail of the UK's illegal rave scene. More>>

Howard Davis: And The Oscar Goes To … Parasite

For its deliciously dark wit and genre-bending ingenuity, Bong Joon-ho's latest movie has just won four out of a potential six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Director. Only ten foreign-language films have previously been nominated for Best Picture and none have won before. More>>


Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 


 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland