Fact Sheets

The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health as well as partner programs within the PEHSU network, has prepared a series of fact sheets to address specific environmental issues.

The following fact sheets were developed in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Mold in English and Spanish provides guidance on health concerns of mold.

Sludge encountered in cleanup of homes and schools is a significant problem. This fact sheet provides some simple guidance.

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers. This fact sheet provides some simple guidance.

Bisphenol A and phthalates, both components of plastics, have been implicated as a possible hazards to children. A fact sheet for parents has been prepared by key pediatricians and healthcare providers from the national network of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units.

Melamine, an industrial chemical that is sometimes added to foods as an expander, has come under recent scrutiny from public health officials with the revelation of tainted milk and pet foods from China. The PEHSU network developed a fact sheet for healthcare providers to aid health professionals.

More fact sheets may be found at the PEHSU network at http://aoec.org/PEHSU/facts.html.