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HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING SEPTIC SYSTEMS. Did you know that worldwide, 80% of all infectious diseases may be water related?


Did you know that diarrheal diseases traced to contaminated water kill approximately 2 million children and cause about 90 million episodes of illness worldwide each year? This information sheet illustrates the health hazardous failing septic systems pose to your community and offers some tips on preventing this problem. What Diseases Are Commonly Caused by Wastewater? Estimating the burden of acute gastroenteritis, foodborne disease, and pathogens commonly transmitted by food. Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk. Since the 1980s, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has conducted studies to determine whether there is an association between occupational exposure to formaldehyde and an increase in the risk of cancer.

Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk

Formaldehyfe. Outdoor Air Pollution and Acute Respiratory Infections Among... : Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Ground-level ozone (O3) - Air quality fact sheet. Air quality fact sheetDepartment of the Environment and Heritage, 2005 In the context of air quality, the concern with ozone is the high levels that can occur at ground level.

Ground-level ozone (O3) - Air quality fact sheet

This issue is different from depletion of the ozone layer in the stratosphere. Information about the ozone layer can be found at: What are photochemical oxidants and ozone? 'Photochemical oxidants' is the technical term for the type of smog found in Australian cities during the warmer months of the year. Photochemical oxidants are formed when sunlight falls on a mixture of chemicals in the air. Ozone is a gas that is formed when nitrogen oxides react with a group of air pollutants known as 'reactive organic substances' in the presence of sunlight. The natural amount of ozone in the lower atmosphere is generally around 0.04 parts per million (ppm), and that amount is not harmful to human health.

How does ozone affect human health? 4613.0 - Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, Jan 2010. This document was added 02/05/2010.

4613.0 - Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, Jan 2010

Note: “Days of exceedence” refers to the number of days in which average PM10 concentrations exceeded the NEPM standard. Each city contains several PM10 monitoring stations. The data presented are an average of exceedence days across each PM10 monitoring station in each city. Melbourne averages only consider stations with data available for at least 75% of days in a given year.Source: New South Wales Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water; Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management; Victoria Environment Protection Authority. Airborne particles may be solid matter (such as dust, dirt or soot) or liquid droplets. Particle pollution reduces visibility on roads, which can cause a safety issue. Not all airborne particles are large enough to be seen by the human eye. In most years since 1998, the average number of PM10 exceedence days in Australia’s three most populated cities has been below 10. Causes and Effects of Soil Pollution.

With the rise of concrete buildings and roads, one part of the Earth that we rarely see is the soil.

Causes and Effects of Soil Pollution

It has many different names, such as dirt, mud and ground. However, it is definitely very important to us. The plants that feed us grow in soil and keeping it healthy is essential to maintaining a beautiful planet. However, like all other forms of nature, soil also suffers from pollution. NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Acetaldehyde. Respirator Recommendations At concentrations above the NIOSH REL, or where there is no REL, at any detectable concentration: (APF = 10,000) Any self-contained breathing apparatus that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode(APF = 10,000) Any supplied-air respirator that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode in combination with an auxiliary self-contained positive-pressure breathing apparatus Escape: (APF = 50) Any air-purifying, full-facepiece respirator (gas mask) with a chin-style, front- or back-mounted organic vapor canisterAny appropriate escape-type, self-contained breathing apparatus Important additional information about respirator selection.

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Acetaldehyde

DANGERS1.pdf. 4 Pit, bucket and chemical toilets. 4.1 Pit toilets Any toilet in which the faeces and urine go directly into a hole in the ground is called a pit toilet.

4 Pit, bucket and chemical toilets

Pit toilets are also called latrines, drop-hole toilets and bore-hole toilets. Toilets of this type are still in use in Australia, particularly in remote areas where water is in short supply. These toilets are always located away from the main dwelling and should always be located away from community water sources to prevent contamination of the water supply. To give privacy they are usually inside a properly constructed building. There are different kinds of pit toilet. Dry drop-hole toilets This type of toilet is a hole in the ground which is only a few feet deep. Fig. 2.2: Dry drop-hole toilet with roughly constructed seat and walls. As the hole fills with sewage, bacteria will break down some of the materials into effluent. Drop-holes can fill up quickly if a lot of people are using them. Top of Page Bore-hole latrines VIP latrines Fig. 2.5: A VIP latrine.

9 The septic tank. A septic tank can be used to treat the sewage from individual buildings at the building itself or for the whole community, at the lagoon.

9 The septic tank

The sewage will pass through sewer pipes to the septic tank either at the house or at the lagoon.